Players from Philadelphia’s urban squash program, SquashSmarts, joined the U.S. Open this morning for some light squash play, games and activities, and watched the first round of sixteen on the ASB GlassCourt.
U.S. Representative Chakka Fattah (PA-2nd District) joined more than 100 students, staff and volunteers from SquashSmarts, the afterschool youth program, for the kick-off of the 4th annual U.S. Open Junior Day.
Fattah took the opportunity to congratulate and welcome thirty-two new 6th grade boys and girls who recently joined the team in September and to encourage the continuing veteran students. Fattah announced a special grant award of $5,000 in support of SquashSmarts made possible by the Community College of Philadelphia through its annual charity golf outing.
From 9:30am to 2pm, SquashSmarts juniors tested their strength with the radar gun, played a little “squash bowling” with plastic cups, and guessed how many squash balls were in a large container (hint: more than twenty). Amr Shabana, world No. 5 and fourth seed in the U.S. Open, was one hand for a Q&A session and some SquashSmarts fun.
In conjunction with Junior Day, Drexel students will be able to visit the U.S. Open for free today, and receive 20% off at the merchandise stand with their Dragon Card—first fifty students get a free hat!