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CitySquash Adds Two More Team Titles

On February 10th, 2023, CitySquash traveled to Philadelphia once again to compete in SEA’s National Team Championships. Under one banner, 70 team members from the Bronx and Brooklyn competed against other member programs of the Squash and Education Alliance. 

Out of the four A divisions, CitySquash took home titles in the High School Girls and the Middle School Boys divisions and third place finishes in High School Boys and Middle School Girls divisions. 

It was an amazing weekend which saw incredible wins and valiant efforts from every team member attending. Lifelong memories were forged and team camaraderie was in full force. 

High School Girls A Champions!

Middle School Boys Champions



CitySquash Brings Home Four More Titles!

For the first time in three years, 55 CitySquash team members traveled to Philadelphia at the Arlen Specter Center to compete in the SEA Individual Championships!
Our team members were able to bring home four more titles:
– Rokaya (GU13)
– Rodrigo (BU13)
– Ahmed (BU15)
– Giselle (GU19)

Along with the titles, CitySquash also had three 2nd place, five 3rd place, three 4th place, and four 5th place finishes!
We are continually astounded with our team members’ competitive spirit and determination. 

February Break CitySquash Trips

It is incredibly important to CitySquash that time off is not time wasted. That is why during the school’s Mid-Winter break, our team members committed themselves to many different trips and experiences. 



7th graders witness the boarding school experience at from Millbrook’s zoo to Berkshire’s Squash courts 



6th graders explore the New York Historical Society 



9th graders ring the famous Gong at Pugsley’s Pizzeria in the Bronx 



8th graders dodge balls at SkyZone




High Schoolers make their own bubble tea and taste test against the real deal at Gong Cha 


Stay tuned for a return to Spring Tours in April! 



Black & Orange Day 2021

On Sunday, October 24th we held our 11th Annual Black & Orange Day at the M.S. 45 Field in a new outdoor format with the help of M.S. 45, our oldest partner school in the Bronx.

Over 100 team members, family members, and mentors competed in outdoor squash, word scrambles, kickball, and soccer. Going into the final Basketball competition worth three points, the Black Team led the Orange Team 18-16.  

This year, the shirts featured the initials “JS” to honor our team member James Solano who tragically passed in 2020. After hearing his friends speak about the impact he had on their lives and countless others, we dedicated the Basketball game to his memory. At the end of the day, it was the Orange team with the game-winning shot to put a cap on our 11th Annual Black & Orange Day. Below are photos of the event and competitions.

After a virtual year in 2020, we want thank all who came and helped make it a memorable day for the CitySquash team!

The changeover of innings during kickball 

The Orange team cheers on their squad during soccer

CitySquash’s version of outdoor squash!

The Orange Team celebrates the game winning layup! 

The Black Team

The Orange Team



Six CitySquash Team Members Recognized as US Squash Scholar Athletes


Six CitySquash team members earned the US Squash Scholar Athlete Award for the 2019-2020 academic year (see list below). The Scholar Athlete Award recognizes high school students who have excelled in the classroom by maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or higher throughout the year, and on court by playing in at least three US Squash accredited tournaments. Caleb and Giselle were both recognized as Scholar Athletes for the second year in a row, while Alan, Elizabeth, Madalein and Sachary earned this recognition for the first time. Congratulations to our six Scholar Athletes for their hard work throughout the school year!


Madalein Amoako Episcopal High School ’22
Elizabeth Barroso Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics ’20
Caleb Boateng Brunswick School ’22
Giselle Ciriaco Suffield Academy ’22
Alan Lopez Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics ’20
Sachary Rodriguez Celia Cruz High School for Music ’23


Photo Above: Top Row (L-R): Elizabeth Barroso, Sachary Rodriguez, Caleb Boateng, Giselle Ciriaco; Bottom Row (L-R): Madalein Amoako, Alan Lopez


CitySquash News!

CitySquash team member Michelle stops by the office to pick up to-go meals thanks to a new partnership with World Central Kitchen made possible by the Cura Collective



Celebrating the Class of 2020


Nicole celebrates her graduation from SUNY Geneseo 


Despite the cancelled graduation ceremonies, CitySquash’s College Class of 2020 had plenty to celebrate as they finished their multi-year CitySquash journeys and became CitySquash Alumni. With our five newest graduates, our Alumni cohort grows to 44. Congratulations to the Class of 2020! 


Miguel Betances – Niagara University 
Nicole Cedeno – SUNY Geneseo 
Jose Fernandez – St. Lawrence University 
Elaine Hualoto – Lehman College 
William Pantle – Fordham University 


We are also proud of our 12 high school graduates for successfully finishing their high school careers and moving on to college. We wish them the best of luck as they begin their next chapters in the fall! 


Karla Domingues – Colby College 
Mikael Garcia – Lehigh University 
Kevin Guadarrama – Borough of Manhattan Community College 
Joan Gutierrez – Borough of Manhattan Community College 
Tita Hicks – St. Lawrence University 
Alexander Lorenzo – Connecticut College 
Brandon Ortega – Borough of Manhattan Community College 
Frankie Pasquariello – Niagara University 
Melanie Pestana – St. Lawrence University 
Yoskart Rodriguez – Borough of Manhattan Community College 
Eslin Silva – Bronx Community College 
Kelsey Tejada – St. Lawrence University 



Alex Lorenzo named a U.S. Squash High School All-American 


Alex during a match with his Mercersburg team this year, where he played in the top spot all season


Alexander Lorenzo (Mercersburg Academy ’20) became CitySquash’s first team member to be recognized as a High School All-American by U.S. Squash. Alex joined CitySquash in the 6th grade and won a scholarship to attend the Eaglebrook School before entering Mercersburg as a 10th grader. At Mercersburg, Alex played in the top spot on the ladder and served as a Team Captain both his junior and senior years. We look forward to seeing Alex’s continued success on court as he suits up for the Connecticut College Camels next year!



Karla Domingues wins SEA Tyler Griffin Student of the Year Award 


Karla proudly sports her new Colby t-shirt after gaining early admission there 


Recent high school graduate Karla Domingues (Episcopal High School ’20) won the Squash and Education Alliance Tyler Griffin Student of the Year Award at SEA’s annual End-of-Year Ceremony. The award is given to two graduating high school seniors from SEA member programs who embody the overarching values of the SEA network: sportsmanship, effort on court and in the classroom, respect and concern for others, integrity, character and leadership. Karla is CitySquash’s first recipient of this honor and will begin at Colby in the fall. Congratulations, Karla!



Virtual Summer Camp


A group of elementary school team members show off their summer reading book during a camp session 


CitySquash’s annual five-week summer camp is underway in a new format: virtually! Team members tune in daily through Zoom and engage in level-specific math and reading lessons, yoga and fitness, extra tutoring and virtual field trips and other activities on Fridays. In the first week of camp, team members mastered seven new math skills on average and read 480 hours collectively in their summer reading books. A benefit to the virtual format is that team members from the Bronx and Brooklyn can participate in camp together, strengthening the ties across CitySquash’s two sites. Another benefit to the virtual world is the ability for team members to take classes across the world! Eight CitySquashers are participating in courses from the African Leadership Academy, based in South Africa. A huge thanks to our volunteers who are dedicating hours of their own summers to helping our team members, and to the Cura Collective and World Central Kitchen, who are making possible weekly deliveries of 100 to-go meals in the Bronx and Brooklyn. 



New Staff Faces and Positions 


L to R: Morgan Solender, Alexandra Boillot, Colin Murfree 


CitySquash is excited to welcome a new staff member, Morgan Solender, as Director of Middle School Academics in the Bronx. Morgan recently graduated from Washington University and worked for the past two summers with CitySquash as an Academic Enrichment Intern. Morgan takes over for Colin Murfree, who has become the Bronx Program Director after serving as Director of Middle School Academics and Academic Chair for the past five years. Alexandra Boillot, who has been the Bronx Program Director for the past six years, is stepping into a new position for the organization as Director of Development. 


Alex Lorenzo Receives High School All-American Honors


CitySquash team member Alex Lorenzo was recognized as a 2019-2020 U.S. Squash High School All-American, becoming the first CitySquasher to achieve this honor. One of 44 other high school players to receive this honor for 2019-2020, Alex qualified through his senior season with Mercersburg Academy in the Mid-Atlantic Squash Organization. Alex has played in the top spot on the Mercersburg ladder for the past two years and served as a Captain for both his junior and senior seasons as well. This year, he helped lead his team to a second place finish in Division V at High School Team Nationals. He started playing squash in the 6th grade when he joined CitySquash and quickly fell in love with the sport, attending as many extra practices as possible to improve his game. With CitySquash, he is a two-time Urban National Champion. We look forward to seeing Alex suit up for the Connecticut College Camels next year and realize his goal of becoming a college squash player. Congrats, Alex!


Alex with his Mercersburg team after coming in 2nd in Division V at HS Nationals this year!


Alex with his CitySquash teammates after winning the High School Boys Division at SEA Team Nationals this year!


CitySquash Launches Virtual Activity Club!


Extracurricular clubs have become a staple of CitySquash’s normal programming, and clubs offered have included Art Club, Music Club, Game Club and more. When CitySquash transitioned to virtual programming as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, two of our dedicated mentors, Stephanie & Ali Butera, came up with a plan to continue offering clubs to CitySquash team members virtually! With the help of Ali and Stephanie, mentors to Malika (7th grade) and Stephany (6th grade) respectively, we have been able to add Activity Club to our weekly schedule, and continue to provide team members with a creative outlet during this difficult time. Stephanie & Ali help plan easy, arts-based DIY projects on a weekly basis that require very few materials so all team members can participate at home. Projects have included making fortune-tellers and origami figures. A portion of Activity Club is also dedicated to thanking those working on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis. Students have written thank you letters to workers at City Meals on Wheels who are continuing to deliver food to the elderly, and to doctors and nurses at Jacobi Medical Center. See below for photos from Activity Club and a huge thanks to Stephanie & Ali Butera for making Activity Club possible!


Photo Above: Rodrigo tries on his new mask! 


Stephanie & Ali Butera enjoy a sweet treat with their mentees, Stephany & Malika, after CitySquash’s Mentor Game Night!


Nicole shows off her fortune-tellers!


3rd grader, Brianna, focuses while writing a thank you note to a doctor at Jacobi Medical Center!


Spring Tour Explorers


From red rocks to coastal lighthouses, wilderness camping to college visits, our annual Spring Tours were a smashing success. For the eighth year in a row, our team members and hardworking staff explored regions beyond the boroughs on 6 unique enrichment trips, visiting a combined 10 different states. For many team members, it was the first time out of the state or on an airplane. Highlighted by museum and cultural site visits, new food and adventures, and yes, even a little squash, the 2019 edition created memories and camaraderie that will last a lifetime.

Below are some of our favorite moments from the trips. Special thanks goes to our network of generous hosts and local guides: Silvia Campo and David Hermer, Palmer and Paula Page, Eric Eiteljorg and family from Impact 360, Ben and Lori Matthews, Kathy and Steve Parks, Penn Lunger and family, Suzie Pierrepont, Sarah and Tim Belk, Marcy and Khalil Saliba, the folks at Episcopal High School and St. Andrew’s School (DE), Southampton Youth Services, Steel City Squash, SquashWise, SquashBusters Providence, Kids on Point, and Wild Hope Farm.
Baltimore – Washington D.C. – Philadelphia
“I really liked when we baked brownies as a group. It helped me get to know my older teammates on the trip. Now that we are back, I feel like these relationships have gotten stronger.” – Emani, 8th grade
West Virginia – Pittsburgh 
“Our trip was phenomenal. We went water rafting, hiking, stargazing, and more. But my favorite part was getting to hang out with my younger teammates. Before the trip, Jayden was just a younger student I did not know very well. After Sping Tour, I’m able to call him a brother.” – Kevin, 11th Grade
Boston – Providence 
“I enjoyed the Spring Tour trip because it was fun and full of joy. Thank you CitySquash for this opportunity! I loved meeting Jordyn’s family and Tina and Giana, the 8th grade leaders on the trip. I loved the aquarium. I will never forget this trip.” – Mireyli, 6th Grade
Denver, CO – Moab, UT 
“Colorado was amazing! We got to see landscapes and stars that we are unable to see from New York City. We went stargazing and we got to learn about constellations” – Joey, 8th Grade
Long Island East End 
“The trip was a spectacular experience because I got to know my teammates better. It felt like we were all sisters by the end” – Stephanie, 5th Grade
“The farm was relaxing because we got to spend time in nature. My favorite part was learning to canoe because we got be with friends and try a new experience.” – Merieme, 7th grade

New Year, New Schools!



Maria and Genesis at the college send-off dinner




With the school year underway and full programming ramping up in the Bronx and Brooklyn, we’d like to “shout-out” our incoming college and high school students as they step onto their new campuses. 


Incoming College Students:


Carlen Basdeo

York College

Billy Fleurima

SUNY Buffalo State

Alexandra Limas

St. Lawrence University

Genesis Lara

Mt. Holyoke College

Nicole Lara

Mt. Holyoke College

Antonio Mendez

Canisius College

Joana Pacheco

Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Maria Serrano

Marist College

Bianca Troche

St. Lawrence University


Incoming High School Students:


Elizabeth Barroso

Westover School

Carmela Carter

Tabor Academy

Maury Escalona

Eaglebrook School

Alexander Lorenzo

Mercersburg Academy

Leo Lucero

Rectory School

Anthony Cruz


Roberto Cruz


Jason Flores


Alexander Garces


Fatima Hernandez 


Dalia Hipolito


Alan Lopez


Billy Mendez


Xitlaly Santos


Jesse Sarfo Brew