SquashSmarts Junior Challenge Hosted at U.S. Open

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Wednesday afternoon, the Delaware Investments U.S. Open hosted seventy SquashSmarts students at Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Center. They played a team tournament, with each student rotating through multiple one-point matches, on the ASB GlassCourt.

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Before and after the tournament, they were treated to question-and-answer sessions with four Team USA members Olivia Blatchford, Chris Gordon, Todd Harrity and Amanda Sobhy. The conversations were robust, humorous and compelling.

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Then the squad split into two. The boys went off on a special behind-the-scenes tour of the U.S. Open. Graham Bassett, the Victor Elmaleh Director of Doubles and Professional Squash at US Squash and the COO of the U.S. Open, led the tour.

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The girls held a practice at the Kline & Specter Squash Center. A half dozen PSA pros from around the world, as well as SquashSmarts’ female staff and volunteers, led the practice: Kelsey Engman (U.S.), Tesni Evans (Wales), Nouran Gohar (Egypt), Joelle King (New Zealand), Christine Nunn (Australia) and Sarah-Jane Perry (England).

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The squad reunited for the Women in Sports Day reception and then came back upstairs to watch the quarterfinal matches.

Photos from the day are in the Day Seven Gallery