CSA is housed in the Emanuel Community Center (ECC), 1308 Race Street in Over the Rhine (OTR), overlooking Washington Park.
The program is within walking distance of several schools with predominantly economically disadvantaged students.
The Emanuel Community Center itself has a storied history. Founded over 143 years ago, it has served residents of Over the Rhine since 1871. Over the years, Emanuel’s services have evolved, changing their services and the people served, to meet the neighborhood’s changing needs.
Youth development has always been a significant focus. Three young men from OTR became world class boxers: Wallace (Bud) Smith, Ezzard Charles, and Aaron Pryor.
In 2012, the Board of Directors of the Emanuel repurposed its mission to launch a squash-based youth development program. Cincinnati Squash Academy is a non-profit agency operating under the original Emanuel Community Center 501(c)(3).
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