City Squash
Enabling New York City youth to fulfill their academic,
athletic and personal potential.

Happy Holidays!

December 2017


Friends of CitySquash,

CitySquash families come from 25 countries and five continents. Some of our team members are immigrants themselves, others are first- or second-generation Americans. Each student brings a different set of life experiences with them when they join our team. They speak different languages, celebrate different holidays, and have different family traditions. They have their own passions and interests, and their own unique personalities and aspirations. Yet each child and family was drawn to CitySquash–to our mission of helping students from low-income families fulfill their full potential.

Over the past 16 years, we have watched our team members find joy in our programming and value in our strong community. Each recognizes that education opens doors to a happy and purposeful life. As you can see from the few stories below, our team is a beautiful picture of the best this country can be.

Rochell Hudson – A child of Jamaican immigrants, Rochell is a member of CitySquash’s inaugural class. She attended public middle and high school in the Bronx and graduated from the University of Buffalo in 2014. This winter, she earned her nursing degree from Utica College.

Caleb Boateng – A child of Ghanaian immigrants, Caleb joined CitySquash in third grade. Now, as an eighth grader at Brunswick School, he is a five-time Urban National Champion and has the highest national ranking of any CitySquasher. He aspires to play Division I college squash.

Fernando Flores – A child of Mexican immigrants, Fernando joined CitySquash in sixth grade. He attended Trinity-Pawling and is currently a junior at Hobart. He has interned at the Environmental Defense Fund and Habitat for Humanity and will pursue a career in social justice.

Zoe Liu – A child of Chinese immigrants, Zoe is part of the inaugural class of Brooklyn CitySquashers. She takes part in Nicol Champions Academy squash clinics and spent last summer at Miss Porter’s School. She hopes to apply to private high schools next year.

Thanks to you, the experiences and opportunities our team members have in our program are as diverse as the students we serve. CitySquashers have attended 51 different high schools and 37 different colleges. They have traveled to 14 countries and 31 states. They have discovered new favorite books and learned to code. Yet all share the same goal of one day graduating from college, and we are honored to guide all of them on their unique journeys.

Thank you for supporting our CitySquashers and for enabling us to serve them in so many ways. 

Happy holidays!

Terence Li, Executive Director

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