In partnership with Philadelphia mentoring program and the U.S. Open local charity of choice SquashSmarts, the morning program will host more than one hundred Philadelphia urban youth to learn more about squash, meet professional squash players competing in the U.S. Open, and watch some of their matches live on the ASB GlassCourt.
Last year’s Junior Day included a meet-and-greet with the now retired Amr Shabana, games involving the radar gun (to test the fastest hitter) and guessing-games with ping-pong balls. U.S. Representative Chakka Fattah (PA-2nd District) was also present to announce a $5,000 grant to SquashSmarts, raised through a charity golf tournament.
This year, SquashSmarts will honor their organizational founders during the evening’s matches.
The U.S. Open also welcomes anyone under the age of eighteen to attend the Junior Day activities for free—you must line up by the main entrance for general admission. Drexel students are also invited to attend and will receive a 20% discount at the merchandise stand with their Dragon Card.
To purchase tickets to this year’s Junior Day, see the official tickets section of the U.S. Open site. You may also purchase Club Level or VIP ticket packages, or if you are part of a school or larger group, email firstname.lastname@example.org for group rates.