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Jun
14

CitySquash at Good Morning America!

Did you see some familiar faces on Good Morning America this week? On Friday, CitySquash 5th Graders travelled to Central Park bright and early to attend GMA’s Summer Concert Series as a reward for their hard work this year. With their GMA swag and VIP status, students  got to look on as anchors filmed their live segments. Carly Rae Jepsen eventually took the stage, and our kids sang and danced along to “Call Me Maybe.” Afterwards, they ran to get Carly’s autograph and one of them even took a picture with her! A big thanks to CitySquash supporters Laura Trevelyan and James Goldston for making this event possible!

May
28

Congratulations to Our Graduates!

CitySquash celebrated an especially exciting graduation season this year, as our inaugural class of students became the first CitySquash college graduates and the first in their families to receive diplomas from a four-year university. Jose Alvarez and Edgardo Gonzalez graduated from Hobart & William Smith, in Geneva, NY. Jose double majored in Latin American Studies and History while “Eggie” majored in Psychology. Both played on the varsity squash team all four years and were members of Hobart’s Kappa Sigma fraternity chapter. Tanesha Jackson graduated from Wesleyan with a double major in an African American Studies and Sociology, played on the squash team for three years, and was a residential advisor. CitySquash staff, mentors, and team members joined the students’ families to celebrate the graduations at their respective schools. We are immensely proud of these students’ dedication, hard work, and accomplishments over the years. Jose and Edgardo have been offered positions at CityYear, an AmeriCorps national service program where participants pledge a year of service in an underserved neighborhood. Tanesha will be teaching Kindergarten and First Grade at the Waterside School in Stamford, Connecticut, a PK-5th grade independent school serving children and families regardless of limitations in income or circumstance. Good luck Eggie, Jose and Tanesha in your post-collegiate endeavors!!

 

CitySquash also celebrated the high school graduations of Kingsley Amoako (Canterbury), Andrew Cadienhead (Taft), Darrius Campbell (Blair), Fernando Flores (Trinity-Pawling), and Felipe Pantle (Millbrook). All five seniors will be playing varsity squash in college next year, at St. Lawrence, Middlebury, Bates, and Hobart & William Smith. Congratulations to all of our graduates!!

May
07

CitySquash Reads Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

On Saturday, May 4th, over 120 CitySquash students, families, mentors and staff got together for the 7th annual CitySquash Reads. This year’s book was Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The attendees spent the morning discussing the book, creating their own candy for Willy Wonka’s factory and, of course, eating chocolate! One group invented “ICandy,” an app for your IPhone, which would allow you to download any type of candy to eat and even stretch to as big or little as you wanted! Other imagined candies included “Extreme Squash Pop,” designed to give you incredible speed and strength on the squash court, and “Opera Gum,” which would give the chewer instant opera singing ability. Thank you to all of our wonderful mentors and volunteers who came to the event!

Apr
09

Seniors Honored with End of Season Awards

Four CitySquash high school seniors won awards at the end of their squash seasons for their impressive contributions to their respective squash teams. Andrew Cadienhead from Taft won the Taft Squash Award for the second year in a row! Andrew played #2 on Taft’s ladder and finished 19-4 on the season, winning integral matches against Brunswick, Choate and Hotchkiss. Andrew also served as the team captain for the second year in a row. Felipe Pantle won the Millbrook School’s Most Valuable Player Award for helping lead his team to a 13-4 season. Felipe played #1 for the majority of the season. Fernando Flores won the Annual Squash Award at Trinity-Pawling for his strong play at #1 and his exemplary sportsmanship. Kingsley Amoako won the MVP award for his impressive 11-6 record playing #1. Kingsley has played in Canterbury’s top three throughout high school and amassed an overall record of 57-27 during his tenure. Kingsley also led his team as a captain in his senior year. All four seniors will be heading off to colleges where they will play on the Varsity Squash teams! Kingsley will be going to St. Lawrence University, Fernando and Felipe both to Hobart College, and Andrew to Middlebury College.

Mar
21

Giving Back with Project Sunshine

On Saturday, March 16th, 76 team members from third through tenth grade gathered at Fordham University for the annual Project Sunshine community service project. Joined by mentors and staff members, the CitySquashers made encouraging cards (SunnyGrams) and craft kits to send to children with medical challenges. Project Sunshine, a nonprofit, provides the materials to make the cards and kits, and facilitates their distribution. Students decorated the SunnyGrams with stickers, artwork, and silly jokes. The craft kits included hand-made journals (for the children to write in), crayons, stickers, and a personal note. This two-hour community service event was equal parts a fun and creative outlet for our team members as well as a lesson in compassion and helping others. If you’d like to learn more about Project Sunshine, please visit http://www.projectsunshine.org/

Mar
08

CitySquash Boarders Compete in New England Championships

From February 22-24, 13 of CitySquash’s boarding school students competed with their high school teams at the New England Interscholastic Squash Championships, held at various boarding schools. The tournament was the culmination of the season’s hard work and dedication. In the New England Tournament “A” Division, senior captain at the Taft School Andrew Cadienhead came in 3rd place in his draw while junior Andreina Benedith from the Brooks School came in 8th in her draw. Andreina also won Independent School All-League Honors for her competitive season. In the “B” Division of the tournament, first year Jeremy Carrasquillo won his draw for Suffield Academy. Gabriel Garcia, also from the Brooks School, played in the same draw and won the consolations, helping his team win the “B” Division! In the “C” Division, senior captain Kingsley Amoako of the Canterbury School won his draw while his first year teammate, Bryson Grant, got 3rd place in his own draw. Their efforts helped Canterbury become the “C” Division Champions! We congratulate all of our boarding school students on another great squash season!

Feb
12

A Night of Skating in Central Park

Bundled up against the cold, 59 CitySquashers headed to Central Park on Thursday, February 7th, to ice skate on Trump Rink. Joined by 20 mentors, the team spent two hours on the rink with few or no breaks! For many of our students, this was only the first or second time ice skating, and so there was plenty of learning to be done. But these athletes were up to the task, and were zipping around the ice before too long. Many thanks to the mentors who came out to skate with us, and to the Trump Rink!

Jan
28

CitySquash Visits the Museum of Jewish Heritage

After finishing the novel Number the Stars, the CitySquash fifth graders went on a cultural outing to the Museum of Jewish Heritage on Sunday, January 27th, which also happened to be the 68th anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation. During their guided tour entitled “Meeting Hate with Humanity,” students learned about the Holocaust, as well as about Jewish heritage. Following their tour, the students were lucky enough to hear 45 minutes of testimony from Mr. Sami Steigmann, a holocaust survivor. Thank you MJH and Mr. Steigmann for enriching our students and teaching them tolerance!

Jan
22

Three Titles in 2013 Urban Team Nationals

Fifty team members and eleven staff members headed to Boston on Friday, January 18th for the NUSEA Urban Team Championships, hosted at Harvard University and Northeastern University. The twelve NUSEA member organizations faced off in an exciting weekend of squash and academic competition. CitySquash came away from the weekend with two squash titles, and one academic title! All programs submitted pieces for the essay contest, responses to the prompt “What is one thing that you hope never changes about you and why?” Alyssa Garcia, CitySquash 5th grader, won the U13 category for her moving essay on her compassion for the elderly. Congratulations, Alyssa!

 

On the court, CitySquash teams reached four finals out of the six divisions entered. In the Boys U13, CitySquash took home both the first and second place trophies! The Girls U15 division was also won by CitySquash, in a close 3-2 match against the New Haven-based SquashHaven. CitySquash GU13 team made it to the finals against fellow New York program StreetSquash. The closest match of the weekend was the BU15 final between CitySquash and Squash Haven. CitySquash took an early lead, winning the #5 and #3 spots, but then fell in the #4 and #2 spots. In a thrilling five-game match between the #1 players, Squash Haven took the title. It was a fantastic weekend of squash, and a treat for new and experienced players alike. Congratulations to all of the players from all twelve NUSEA programs for a great showing!

Jan
08

College Students Focus On Careers

CitySquash kicked off the New Year with our first ever Career Week during the first week of January. Programming consisted of individual meetings and group workshops designed to support our college students with career exploration and internship and job placement. During their winter breaks, CitySquash college students met with the Director of College Prep to discuss career interests and create action plans regarding summer internships and opportunities. Then on Thursday, January 4th, 16 college students traveled to the midtown offices of Maverick Capital for a Career Night Panel. Team members received advice and engaged with four young professionals on everything from the transition from college to the working world to the importance of networking. Special thanks to Zach Kubin (OnSwipe Media), Mali Locke (Maverick Capital Foundation), Sam Routhier (KIPP College Prep) and Kristin Wadhwa (Goldman Sachs) for donating their time and making the night a success. CitySquash also hosted a Mock Interview workshop the following Saturday, January 5th. Supporter Buzz Doherty and Board Chair and Founder Sandy Schwartz offered valuable interview tips and gave practice interviews and feedback to our attending team members. We are hopeful that all of the work our college students put in during their winter breaks will pay dividends come the summer and college graduation.

 

If you are interested in learning more about our Career Support program, please contact Peter Feldman at peter.feldman@citysquash.org