As a colleague in youth sports and youth development, I have worked with SquashSmarts for about four years. The program and staff have continually impressed me with their professionalism and passion. The SquashSmarts staff NEVER hesitate to enter into new partnerships that can potentially benefit their community, their families, and their youth participants. It has been a true pleasure to interact with SquashSmarts over the years – I believe they exemplify the best in youth sports programming.
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.
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!