Community Day Packs the Courts Before U.S. Open Commences

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Before the world’s top squash players took to the courts at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center on Saturday, October 7, the Philadelphia squash community got the U.S. Open action started with a morning of squash, games and activities.

The second annual Community Day celebrated community partners and Specter Center Community Heroes, and invited U.S. Open ticket holders and local groups to join the fun. Groups from First State Squash, SquashSmarts, the SEA HPP program, Cynwyd Club, Conestoga High School, Drexel students, Arlen Specter JCT players and Specter Center junior players took part in the festivities. Team USA’s world No. 13 Olivia Blatchford Clyne was a special guest and spent time with the junior players.

The Specter Center is grateful for the support of its Community Heroes including Drexel University, Truist, Penn Medicine, Comcast Business, the Racquet Club of Philadelphia, MyPhillyLawyer and The 1854 Foundation.

Free lunch was provided by 12th Street Catering–the official catering partner of the Specter Center.

“The U.S. Open is more than just one of the most important professional squash events in the world, it’s also a celebration of the U.S. squash community. Community Day is our opportunity to highlight that and recognize those promoting and supporting community squash,” said Sakora Miller, Specter Center Director of Squash Programming. “Thank you to all of our Specter Center Community Heroes and programming partners for making this special morning possible.”