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Mids Host Baltimore-Based SquashWise in Annual Naval Academy Visit

April 18, 2017

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Last week the Navy squash program played host to 12 middle school students from the Baltimore after-school program SquashWise.  The organization uses squash as a motivator to help students realize their academic, athletic, and personal potential.  The following is a first-hand account of the day’s events provided by rising senior Sam McCartney.

Navy squash head coach Craig Dawson treated the group of students to a private tour of the Yard that featured the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, the Halsey Field House International Squash Courts and Memorial Hall. The SquashWise kids then got on court with Navy players to run through a team practice. Together, the students and players participated in a series of drills, games and even a couple court sprints. The day ended with the Navy team offering the SquashWise youth a few tips on how to improve their squash game, as well as some of the reasons they chose to come to the Naval Academy.  It was a great learning experience both on and off the court, and the two programs hope to keep building on this rewarding partnership.

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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