A national model of youth development

The Squash and Education Alliance (SEA) is the umbrella organization for urban squash, the out of school youth development model that combines the sport of squash with academics, mentoring, community service, and college placement for students from low-income families.


In order to become – and remain – a member of SEA, programs are required to meet a range of criteria which demonstrate that they are organizationally sound and that they provide their students with intensive, year-round support. SEA does not control or manage our member programs. The role is to provide a framework in which ideas can be shared and best practices identified. We lead and support member programs through our collective expertise. We leverage our role as a national entity to organize tournaments and camps across the country, to raise funds for member programs and to help start new programs in cities that do not have them.


The first urban squash and education program was launched in Boston in 1996. Today, there are 15 programs accredited by the Squash and Education Alliance that together enroll more than 1,500 elementary, middle, high school and college students. Our goal is for Cincinnati to adapt best practices from each and become a top performer.


Executive Directors pose together at NUSEA's 20th Anniversary Event

Executive Directors pose together at NUSEA’s 20th Anniversary Event


SquashBusters, Boston

Founded: 1996

StreetSquash, New York

Founded: 1999

SquashSmarts, Philadelphia

Founded: 2000

CitySquash, Bronx

Founded: 2002

METROsquash, Chicago

Founded: 2005

Access Youth Academy, San Diego

Founded: 2006

Squash Haven, New Haven

Founded: 2006

Santa Barbara School of Squash, Santa Barbara

Founded: 2006

Mile High Squash, Denver

Founded: 2007

SquashWise, Baltimore

Founded: 2007

Racquet Up, Detroit

Founded: 2010

SquashDrive, Oakland

Founded: 2010
Team Members: 24

Beyond Walls, Minneapolis

Founded: 2011

Urban Squash Cleveland. Cleveland

Founded: 2012

StreetSquash Newark, Newark

Founded: 2012

Cincinnati Squash Academy, Cincinnati

Founded: 2014

Capitol Squash, Hartford

Founded: 2014

Steel City Squash, Pittsburgh

Founded: 2014