My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for SQUASHSMARTS INC, Philadelphia, PA, USA
I used to work with SS kids as a staff member and have only occasionally volunteered over the past 6 years. What strikes me most about this program is not its focus on academics or its providing exercise opportunities through the sport of squash. Rather, what I love most is that everyone involved feels as though they have a second family, a community of support, laughter, genuine respect and yes, love. I recruited a 7th grade student years ago, saw her through middle school and high school, shared her high school years, stood as a proud "parent " at her graduation, thrilled with her on her journey through Haverford College which included a semester at Emory and a stint in Ghana, then stood again at her college graduation. This young woman and I had lunch last month as I hugged her and sent her off to Lesotho for her adventure in the Peace Corps. It is she who has taught me more than I could have ever taught her or any of the other kids. Squash smarts makes these relationships possible.
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