Squash is the hook.
Education is the heart.
The Cincinnati Squash Academy (CSA) is the city’s only urban squash organization that uses the disciplined game of squash to help transform talented students in underserved communities into scholar-athletes, productive citizens, and future leaders with character on the path to and through college. We recruit students at partner schools and provide squash coaching along with academic support & guidance three days per week. The year-round programming is free. Yes, FREE.
WHO DO WE RECRUIT?
We recruit 4th through 7th graders at target schools where 70% or more of the student body is enrolled in (or eligible for) the Federal Free & Reduced-lunch Program. Though the entry point into the Cincinnati Squash Academy is between grades 4 through 7, our programming runs through 12th grade. So that means someone who first joins the program in fourth grade will stick with us all the way through high school.
WHERE ARE WE LOCATED?
Our facility is located in the historic Emanuel Center, uniquely situated across the street from beautiful Washington Park.
WHAT DOES PROGRAMMING LOOK LIKE?
Students come three days per week (directly after school) for one hour of squash training and one hour in the classroom. Beyond the daily programming held on-site, we take students on field trips around the city and country. Students have played in squash tournaments at Yale University, visited the Wilson Factory in Chicago, seen shows at Playhouse and the Park, and more. Over the summer, we offer a three-week summer camp at our facility and also facilitate additional summer camp opportunities with partner organizations.
ARE THERE MORE URBAN SQUASH PROGRAMS OR JUST CINCY?
We are affiliated with the Squash + Education Alliance. There's a total of 20 urban squash programs located throughout the country and five international affiliates. CSA launched in Fall 2014.
That's our philosophy.
And that's how we ensure we're realizing our mission.
We find kids who are eager to work hard in the classroom and on the squash court. This isn't for everyone. But for those who have a passion for athletics and academics, this is a program that can change one's life.