SQUASHSMARTS INC

Rating: 4.94 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Sports

Location: c/o Lenfest Center 3890 N. 10th Street Philadelphia PA 19140 USA

Mission: SquashSmarts, founded in 2001, seeks to enrich the lives of disadvantaged urban youth in Philadelphia.
Programs: Associated and backed by Drexel University, it uses the sport of squash in conjunction with academic tutoring and mentoring from Drexel student-athletes to provide a wholesome, fun, and enriching program for students after school and on weekends. It seeks to develop self-esteem, discipline, and growth by helping students attain their potential and through the consistent presence of college athletes and adults in their lives.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Squashsmarts is a wonderful organization! I have had the privledge of working at a volunteer for a few years and have had a phenomenal experience. Squashsmarts provides squash, tutoring and community service opportunities for middle and high school students in north and west Philadelphia. Squashsmarts is led by a devoted and engaging staff that really make the program a fantastic success.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having volunteered for three years, I can say that SquashSmarts is a model non-profit. Taking underprivileged students and focusing their energy on both academics and athletics is a great approach. On top of that, introducing kids to a sport like squash will provide the participating students with life long athletic and social skills. SquashSmarts has created a very comfortable environment, with first class facilities and a caring staff (paid and unpaid).

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I worked with this organization for the better part of a year. They do extraordinary things with kids from difficult neighborhoods and tough schools. In the four years since I have left, I have seen dozens of student-athletes matriculate to the next grade level, graduate from high school, and be accepted into college. I am proud of the work they have done and continue to do. We need more after school programs like this to ensure that kids everywhere get a shot to succeed in this country.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Very friendly staff and great working with the children. Provides middle and high school students with confidence by teaching them to play squash and having them compete in national competitions. Also great by helping students with their academics and making sure they excel in the classroom as well as on the courts.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a Squashsmarts volunteer for the past 10 years. This program give the kids a chance...Academic tutoring with the staff, college and high school volunteers. A chance for the kids to give back to their community by doing Community service and finally learning how to play squash. All the students have an opportunity to play tournaments locally and out of state, as long as they attend practice, keep their grades up and complete community service hours. At the end of every season it puts a Smile on my face to see these kids graduate High School and go onto College.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

SquashSmarts is an intensive after school youth mentoring program that works with boys and girls from the Philadelphia Public Schoopl District in 5th grade through 12th grade. SquashSmarts gives kids an an incredible set of athletic, academic and community service opportunities through our 7-year program. SquashSmarts mission is to help kids Stay in Shape, Stay in School and Stay on Track for graduation. Kids are required to come three days every week, year round, to work with our staff and volunteers in the classroom and on the squash court. SquashSmarts keep track of every child's attendance and effort and then, based on the student's record over the year, rewards each student with special outings and summer leadership experiences. So far, 100% of SquashSmarts high school seniors have been accepted into college!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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