April 12, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — In recent weeks, the Navy squash team invited members of the Baltimore SquashWise program to the Naval Academy to promote the value of classroom and physical education. Student-athletes from Navy and the Baltimore-based program interacted in a two-hour practice event where the youth learned how the Navy squash team runs its practices on a daily basis, while the two groups participated in ab exercises, stretching, squash drills, movement exercises and competitive play.
While a good chunk of the day was spent on the squash courts, the midshipmen also answered questions about their experiences at the Academy, including the benefits of a great education.
“It was really nice to be able to give back to the community by playing squash with the SquashWise kids,” said Navy junior John Richey. “I just remember when I was their age, all I wanted to do was play with people that were older and better than me so that I could get better and get helpful tips. The kids were great and brought tons of energy to the clinic, which made it fun for all of us to hit around with them. I hope they all have aspirations to play in college because it is fun and brings a lot of opportunities.”
Founded in 2007, Baltimore SquashWise is a not-for-profit after-school youth enrichment program serving public middle school students in Baltimore City. The program combines squash instruction, academic tutoring and community service to empower under-served youth to excel academically, athletically and in life. The program’s goals include — to use squash as a medium for teaching sportsmanship as well as respect for volunteers, fellow students, opponents and oneself; to surround students with academic tutors, coaches and positive role models to encourage all students to reach for their potential; to ensure high school graduation and community service involvement; and to create a safe, fun and constructive after-school environment for underserved youth.
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