BENEFITING: ROCHESTER SQUASH RACQUETS ASSOCIATION INC
The Rochester Squash Racquets Association (RSRA) intends to continue and expand a current junior squash program that has been running for the past three years. Students from several urban and suburban schools of Rochester NY will be participating in weekly squash sessions at the Harro East Athletic Club. During the school year, these students will be attending 2-hour squash sessions once a week taught by a US Squash Level 1 Certified Coach. During these lessons, the students will learn the basics of how to play squash, how to work together by performing effective drilling techniques, and how to become responsible individuals by making a commitment through their participation. With funding, the program will be able to support both the coaching and facilities to initiate 2-hour long sessions 2-3 times per week at the Harro East Athletic Club, with the goal of participants attending at least 3 sessions each week. As skills improve, we hope that participants will be able to participate in both citywide leagues and tournaments with the possibility of traveling to other cities for tournaments. In addition, as skills improve, the confidence of these youth will improve in not only their ability to play squash, but in their ability to perform in school and their ability to become an active community member. Initially, the program only includes the squash lessons. With funding increases, we would like to expand the program to include a tutor to help the students with their academic studies. The tutor will work with students while others are on the squash courts, allowing optimal time with our squash coach, and more individual attention to academics. Additionally, we are well aware of the societal pressure placed on the urban youth that may be participating in our program. We realize the need to incorporate family and community support and involvement in our program. With this in mind, we plan to work with area social workers who are best trained in working with inner city youth and families. Achieving all of the above will allow the RSRA to continue our goal to develop a self-sustaining Junior Squash program that combines the sport of squash with academics, mentoring, community service, and college placement for not only our suburban public school students but our urban public school students in our under-served community of Rochester.