The main draw of the 2017 U.S. Open Squash Championships presented by Macquarie Investment Management kicked off today with a new tradition: an opening first-ball ceremony.
The honorary starter of this year’s tournament was Laura White. White is the senior associate athletic director at Drexel, and an essential facilitator of Drexel’s long-term partnership with US Squash in support of the U.S. Open. White played tennis at Ursinus College and then came to University City in 1983 to coach the Drexel women’s tennis team. Eleven years later she became one of the few women in Division I to coach a men’s varsity tennis team. Her Dragon teams won more than 150 matches in her coaching career.
After earning her MBA from Drexel in 1999, White moved from the tennis courts to the Daskalakis Athletic Center when she joined the staff of the athletic department. Among her many roles at Drexel, White is the athletics deputy Title IX coordinator. In 2013 the U.S. Open provided equal prize money for both men and women’s championships, becoming the first major pro squash event to have prize money parity.