Berwyn Squash & Fitness, the nation’s first commercial squash club, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary at the U.S. Open Squash Championships presented by Truist Tuesday, October 11.
Thanks to the efforts of Sunil Desai, nearly 100 players from Berwyn’s vibrant membership attended the evening of U.S. Open third round matches and packed into one of the doubles courts for a group picture at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center.
Owner and long-time head professional Dominic Hughes was presented with a special plaque by Specter Center Executive Director Ned Edwards. Edwards commended Berwyn for modeling public and community squash for the rest of the country.
Hughes thanked his staff, predecessors and every member for being a part of the “Berwyn family.”
“We have worked really hard to create a family friendly culture at the club,” Hughes said. “We have literally seen thousands of players come through our doors. It is particularly satisfying when we see junior players return to the club as young adults, and they still love the game. It makes me feel really old, however, when they ask me to coach their kids as well. Playing squash is about having fun, but it also about community. And for this I have to thank everyone who I consider to be my Berwyn family, all of you.”
Read Squash Magazine‘s profile of Berwyn’s fortieth anniversary from 2013.