Junior Day Celebrated at U.S. Open

DSC_9481 Jr GroupU.S. Open Junior Day 2015 was a rousing success at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. Each year since the Open first came to Philadelphia in 2011, Junior Day has been a highlight of the ten-day Open.

SH0357In partnership with Drexel and the School District of Philadelphia, and presented by SquashSmarts, more than a hundred Philadelphian middle-school youth learned about squash during a special morning of activities.

Most were SquashSmarts students and their siblings, and they were joined by more than a dozen students from Lancaster ACES, the Pennsylvania urban program.

The children played a variety of games of chance and skill. Ramy Ashour, the three-time world champion, addressed the group, answering questions and inspiring them to work hard.

DSC_9434 Amanda Chris ToddTeam USA members Chris Gordon, Todd Harrity and Amanda Sobhy also joined Junior Day, including helping with the all-important raffle. Mario the Magnicificent, the Drexel dragon mascot, made a special appearance.

Afterwards, the children had lunch and watched the first round of matches in the Open. More children came in later in the day, as all guests under the age of eighteen attended the Open for free on Junior Day.