Nineteen players from the National Urban Squash Education Association (NUSEA), including students from San Diego, Baltimore, New York City, New Haven, and locals here in Philadelphia, stopped by the U.S. Open for a quick tour and photo-op.
The players are training at SquashSmarts this weekend, for an intensive clinic and workout for the squad team run by NUSEA and its affiliates. The head coach is Renato Paiva, the Executive Director of Access Youth Academy, coupled with Yuri Paiva, as assistant head coach, also from Access Youth Academy. Liz Gatling from StreetSquash is the assistant coach, with squad manager Katie Regetta, the Program Director of SquashSmarts.
Joining this team, besides the players, are three counselors from F&M: Cris Margaret Frias (CitySquash), Jazmin Matos (StreetSquash), Andreina Benedith (StreetSquash), and one from StreetSquash – Terrance Rose, who will start at Hobart in January.
NUSEA has fifteen member year-round programs in fourteen cities that enroll more than 1,400 elementary, middle, high school and college students. These nonprofit organization provide intensive after-school, weekend and summer programming that includes academics, squash, mentoring, community services, college placement, among many others.
The U.S. Open welcomed members and staff from Access Youth Academy in San Diego, CA, Baltimore SquashWise in Baltimore, MD, CitySquash in Bronx, NY, SquashHaven in New Haven, CT, SquashSmarts in Philadelphia, PA, and StreetSquash Harlem from Harlem, NY.
For more information, visit NUSEA’s website.