April 24, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- On April 12, the Navy squash team played host to 13 students from SquashWise, an urban youth development program that aims to provide its kids with enhanced opportunities through competitive squash and academic tutoring.
Student-athletes from Navy introduced the youth from the Baltimore-based program to some of their favorite drills, including target practice, endurance trials and strategic movement. That was followed by a round robin exercise that allowed each member of Squashwise to experience real gameplay with every Navy squash player. It was a great opportunity to put the skills they had just been taught in to practice.
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. After treating the youth to pizza at the Drydock, the Navy players took them on a tour of the Academy so they could appreciate the aesthetic face of the Academy through buildings like Dahlgren Hall, Memorial Hall and the Chapel.
The day was capped off with the Navy players presenting the youth with gift bags that included t-shirts, water bottles and team posters.
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.
### Go Navy ###