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Jul
14

CitySquash Bikes the West Coast


BP, William, and Felipe

    

 

In June, CitySquash Director of Squash, Bryan Patterson, embarked on his third biking trip with a group of CitySquash high school and college students. The group left on June 5thand biked from Seattle to San Diego along the Pacific coast. In addition to Bryan, CitySquash students Karina Lazaro, Joana Pacheco, Darrius Campbell, Felipe Pantle, and William Pantle participated in the ride. Both Felipe and Karina are experienced riders, having gone on Bryan’s previous bike trips. Felipe biked from San Francisco to the Bronx in 2011 while Karina travelled from LA to Chicago along Route 66 in 2015.This year’s West Coast route contained terrific scenery, breathtaking views, and exciting chances to meet up with other urban squash programs. The group was hosted by SquashDrive in San Francisco, Santa Barbara School of Squash in Santa Barbara, and Access Youth Academy in San Diego. The group returned to the Bronx on June 30th after biking more than 1400 miles. Thank you to all who supported and helped make this incredible experience possible! 

 

 

 

 

Jun
26

Four More Urban National Titles for CitySquash!

 


Hugo Barroso, one of CitySquash's newest Urban National Champions!

 

 

The CitySquash team spent the weekend of June 16th at the Urban Individual National Championships at Amherst and Williams Colleges, where nearly 500 urban squash players from 21 national and international programs took part. Despite the depth of competition, CitySquash won 4 out of the 8 championship divisions at the tournament!

 

Congratulations to Lizbeth BarrosoCaleb BoatengHugo Barroso and Joana Pacheco for bringing home the championship hardware. CitySquash has now won a record 93 Urban National Titles in its 15-year history! Additionally, Jesse Brew was the recipient of the Future Stars Award, which is given annually to one urban squash player in the 8th grade who best exemplifies the values of urban squash. Congratulations to all CitySquash team members who competed over the weekend!

 

Lizbeth Barroso - GU13 Urban National Champion
Caleb Boateng - BU15 Urban National Champion

Hugo Barroso – BU17 Urban National Champion
Joana Pacheco – GU19 Urban National Champion

 

 

 

 

 

May
20

Traveling the Country

 

 

 

 

This spring, over 50 team members traveled to Vermont, New Orleans, Boston, and Virginia as part of CitySquash’s annual Spring Enrichment Tours! They spent their trips hiking the mountains in Vermont, holding alligators in New Orleans, touring all of Boston, and visiting the home of Thomas Jefferson in Virginia. Our team members enjoyed exploring many new places and going on new adventures with memories that will last them forever. In total, CitySquash team members have now traveled to 13 countries and 31 states. Thank you to all who make these trips possible.

 

Please see student reflections detailing their unforgettable experiences below!

 

 

Elementary School Trip to Vermont:

“The fifth grade went to the Ben and Jerry’s factory in Vermont. We got a really nice person to show us around. We saw the big tubes where they put the ice cream. Fun fact: the workers that try the ice cream eat about 1 whole tub of ice cream a day. We got to taste samples of the cookies and milk flavor. Finally, when that was over Micah and Al were so sweet and let us choose our own ice cream.”

-Ashley, 5th Grade

 

 

Middle School Trip to New Orleans:

“We spent a lot of time on the road and we heard the country song ‘On the Road Again’ so many times on the trip. One day we were on the road for 19 hrs.  But we took breaks and we eventually made it to Tennessee where I built a tent for the first time. From there we traveled to many different states and learned about them all. We went lots of cool places, met lots of new people and tried lots of new food, like oysters. It was fun to watch everyone’s reactions as they tried them. We had such a great time; we laughed a lot, got to know each other much better, and experienced so many new things.”

-Celeste, 7th Grade

 

 

High School Trip to Boston:

“As I reflect on the spring tour to Boston, I can’t believe how much I did in a short three days. Our first stop at the New Balance headquarters was amazing. I learned so much from how a shoe is designed, to how the company decides which shoes are released. The employees there were so nice and it was very generous of them to give us all a pair of sneakers. Our next stop on our whirlwind tour was Harvard University, where we meet our host Mr. Columbia. He made sure we had every opportunity to see and do as much as we could in Boston. We went on a duck boat tour, saw a Matisse exhibit, and went on a private tour of Fenway Park where I saw my first Red Sox game. We saw Beauty and the Beast in 3D, which is one of my absolute favorite memories of the trip. We took a water taxi ride and went to the aquarium where we got to touch stingrays. We also had very delicious meals. My favorite meal was breakfast at the Harvard Club. I’m still dreaming about those Nutella pancakes. Another unforgettable experience was going to MIT and meeting the former number one player Thierry Lincou. He told us about his way to the top and gave us great advice on how to be the best squash player. There is so much history in Boston and I felt like I really got to know the city well, and I can’t wait to return. I really appreciate CitySquash and Mr. Columbia for these opportunities.”
-Tita, 9th Grade

 

 

CitySquash Brooklyn Trip to Charlottesville:

“My favorite part of the Spring Tour trip was learning about Thomas Jefferson when we visited Monticello, the house that he designed and lived in. Our tour did a good job of teaching us about the slavery there and I learned that Thomas Jefferson had children with a slave named Sally Hemings. Even though it’s a hard subject to talk about, it is important to remember all the good and bad parts of our founding fathers. As my coach said, ‘slavery happened and we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it.’ That really stuck with me and this trip gave me a new perspective on this topic.”
-Judah, 5th Grade

 

 

Apr
17

Four More Off to Boarding School

 

 

Boarding school bound CitySquashers

 

 

 

The admissions season has brought with it exciting news that four more CitySquash team members have been admitted to private high schools! Below is the list of the team members and their school acceptances. Alex Lorenzo will be the first to attend Mercersburg Academy since current staff member and CitySquash alum, Lanique Rhyne, graduated from there in 2012. Leo Lucero and Carmelia Carter will be joining current CitySquash students Dainalee Velez and Tanya Mendoza at Rectory School and Tabor Academy, respectively. Maury Escalona will be the third CitySquasher to attend Eaglebrook School. It total, 67 CitySquash team members have been admitted to selective private high schools. Congratulations to our team members and thank you to all of our supporters for making it possible.
 

Carmelia Carter - Tabor Academy
Maury Escalona - Eaglebrook School
Alex Lorenzo – Mercersburg Academy
Leo Lucero - Rectory School

Apr
10

Chess Club Launched

 

CitySquashers learning from George Ughetta in Chess Club

 

 

To further our “healthy bodies & healthy minds” philosophy, CitySquash recently launched a Chess Club for our middle school team members. Over 30 CitySquashers were introduced to the basics of the game through a six week workshop this winter. Since then, students who have shown particular interest have been able to learn more advanced strategies through private lessons with experienced chess player and CitySquash volunteer, George Ughetta. It has been wonderful to provide students with a different medium through which they can develop problem solving skills. Some CitySquashers are now even preparing for a City-Wide Chess tournament this spring. Squash and chess have often drawn comparisons as being games for “thinkers.” If that is the case, look for some new CitySquash accolades on the horizon!

Mar
20

CitySquashers Well-Represented at College Nationals


Andrew and Darrius at CSA Nationals

 

  

Several CitySquashers were in action at this year’s CSA National Team Championships, which were held over the weekend of February 17th at Harvard University. CitySquash is proud to recognize four seniors who capped off their college squash careers: Andrew Cadienhead (Middlebury College), Kingsley Amoako (St. Lawrence University), Felipe Pantle (Hobart & William Smith), and Darrius Campbell (Bates College). Andrew Cadienhead holds All-NESCAC honors and led the Middlebury team as a top player and captain. Kingsley Amoako spent four years with St. Lawrence, a perennial top-five nationally ranked team. Felipe Pantle played in the #1 or #2 positions in each of his 85 collegiate matches with the Statesmen, and also captained his team his senior year. Darrius Campbell won two-thirds of his collegiate matches for Bates, and capped of his career by being named to the All-NESCAC First Team. Congratulations to all of our college players who competed this season!

 

Feb
10

Three More Urban National Titles

 

Tita in action at Urban Team Nationals

 

Over 500 urban squash players from across the country recently gathered in Philadelphia for the 14th Annual Urban Team National Championships. CitySquash brought a contingent of 70 Bronx and Brooklyn players who spent the weekend giving it their all on the courts at the SquashSmarts Lenfest Center, University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University. CitySquash had an impressive run at the tournament by making it into five of the eight division finals. In the end, CitySquash came away with three titles, highlighted by our Brooklyn team members winning their first Urban National Title in the BU13 division. Our GU13 and BU15 teams were also victorious. CitySquash’s tally of Urban National squash titles now stand at a record 89. Congratulations to CitySquash’s winning teams and to all who participated!

 

2017 CitySquash Urban National Team Champions

U13 Boys Team – Jaiden Sosa, Randy Guzman, Dominik Budny, Jesus Fierro, Pablo Paxtor

U13 Girls Team – Lizbeth Barroso, Brianna Lucero, Madalein Amoako, Mindy Djindjele, Sachary Rodriguez

U15 Boys Team – Jesse Brew, Yoskart Rodriquez, Caleb Boateng, Maury Escalona, Seth Canales

Jan
31

Brooklyn CitySquashers win first-ever Urban National Title

 

 

Seventy CitySquash team members from the Bronx and Brooklyn travelled to Philadelphia over the Martin Luther King Day Weekend for the 14th Urban Team Nationals hosted by the National Urban Squash and Education Association. CitySquash’s teams, ranging from the U13 to the U19 divisions, competed at SquashSmart’s  Lenfest Center, the Ringe Squash Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Kline & Specter Squash Center at Drexel University.  The NUSEA sponsored tournament brought together 19 NUSEA programs. CitySquash had an impressive run at the tournament by making it into 5 of the 8 division finals. In the end, CitySquash’s Brooklyn BU13, Bronx GU13 and Bronx BU15 teams came away with National Urban Squash Championship titles. This was the first ever Urban National Championship for our Brooklyn CitySquashers. Team members had a fantastic time at the tournament and played excellent squash. Thank you to NUSEA for running an exceptional event and to our amazing hosts for housing our team over the weekend. Congratulations to CitySquash’s winning teams and to all who participated!