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Jan
27

CitySquash News!

Alan & Dainalee show off their Early Decision acceptance letters!

 

Early Decision Acceptances 

 

December brought good news for CitySquash team members Alan Lopez (Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics ’21) and Dainalee Velez (Millbrook School ’21), who gained Early Decision college acceptances to Colby College and Bates College, respectively. We are proud of their hard work and perseverance throughout this challenging remote college process, and could not be more excited for them to both be Maine-bound! Alan will join two CitySquash teammates at Colby, and Daina will be the fourth CitySquasher to attend Bates. Both plan to play on their schools’ respective varsity squash teams in the fall. We look forward to more good news on the admissions front for the rest of our high school seniors as they await more college decisions in the coming weeks.

 

 

Team Members Return to Squash 

Middle school team members practice their technique on public handball courts after months without being able to play squash. 

 

After months of only virtual interactions and no squash, CitySquash team members were able to return to some in-person sessions and squash play this fall. The Heights Casino, Lifetime Athletic, M Squash, Pyramid Squash and Westchester Squash generously opened their doors to small groups of our players, enabling them to get on court for the first time since last March. High school senior Roberto Cruz noted that, “with all the problems this year, playing squash recently has been a really important outlet.” We are so grateful to all of the clubs who have made these opportunities possible!

In the Bronx, we have also been able to utilize public outdoor handball courts to run weekly in-person squash and fitness sessions for all team members. An additional benefit of these sessions has been having some CitySquash college students and alumni help to lead them. College sophomore Sh-Kyrah Stevens appreciates the opportunity to work with her younger teammates and says, “the kids are wonderful and it has been amazing to see how much potential and talent they carry. Being part of their journeys as CitySquashers is an honor, and I can’t wait to see them develop as players and people.” 

 
 
 
5th Battle of Brooklyn Raises over $165,000
 
Members of the winning team, Team Love All, celebrate after winning the 2020 Battle of Brooklyn!
 
The fifth Battle of Brooklyn will be one to remember in its virtual format! Seven teams made up of over 120 people from around the world competed in fundraising and virtual challenges, and ended up raising $166,154 for CitySquash’s Brooklyn program. The challenges included a dance, jigsaw puzzles, burpees and team videos, and the Finals Showdown for the top-four teams featured a trivia competition put on by Tailor-Made Trivia. After a hard-fought competition, Team Love All, co-captained by Silvia Campo and Greg Pitaro, came away with the 2020 Battle of Brooklyn title. 
 
The event would not have been possible without the hard work of all of our captains: Kelly Campelli, Silvia Campo, Will Cembalest, Jess Davis, Clare Kearns, Peter Kelly, Mimi & Whitten Morris, Greg Pitaro, Sarah Robertson, Izzy Ronda, Lindsay Stanley, Laura Trevelyan and Callie Worth. Thanks to all who participated to make it such a fun and energetic week, and to all who supported the event. We hope to see everyone back on court for the sixth Battle of Brooklyn! 
 
 
 
Virtual Game Nights Bring Mentors & Mentees Together 
 
Mentors & mentees catch up on Zoom before starting a Friday night of competition. 
 
Throughout the fall and winter, CitySquash mentors and mentees have enjoyed remaining in touch through our Friday Virtual Game Night Series. The games have included Escape the Room, Jeopardy, Bingo, Pictionary and Scattergories. Ninth grade team member Ashley Montesinos says the game nights are a “great way to get my mind off school” and have “helped my relationship with my mentor, Lauren, because we are able to communicate much more and spend some quality time together.” Lauren says, “I love the Mentor Game Night Series because it has allowed me and Ashley to connect even more than before COVID-19. It’s so easy for mentors and mentees, who could be located anywhere right now, to join a Zoom call and have fun together!” Thanks to all of our mentors who have participated and provided support for their mentees throughout this challenging time!