Andrew Nehrbas was honored with the Philadelphia Squash Racquets Association’s 2017 Service Award at the U.S. Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management.
In 2001 Nehrbas and five other Philadelphians created SquashSmarts, the non-profit after-school youth enrichment program. It originally had eight children from one public school in the city. Sixteen years later, SquashSmarts has grown to an award-winning urban squash program with thirteen staff serving 150 students and sixty-four alumni at Drexel and at the Lenfest Center in North Philadelphia. Since 2011 Nehrbas has been president of the board of SquashSmarts.
Nehrbas was a four-year member of the varsity at Franklin & Marshall, graduating in 1975. A long-time leader, he has been president of Merion Cricket Club (2003-06) and the U.S. Jesters Club (1996-98). A left-wall doubles player, he has won a masters division at the National Doubles five times: the 45+ in 2003, 50+ in 2008 and 55+ in 2015 (with Doug Rice) and the 60+ in 2016 and 2017 (with Kip Gould).
Nehrbas is the founder and executive vice president of the Nehrbas Group at Janney Montgomery Scott. He and his wife Danna have four children. All played squash in college: Chris at Bowdoin, Scott at F&M, Ted at Hamilton and Jill, who is a sophomore at Dartmouth.
The world’s oldest squash organization, the Philadelphia SRA—originally called the Philadelphia Association—was founded in 1903. Previous winners of the PSRA Service Award include Molly Pierce (2013), Ken Jaffe (2014), Frank Reidy (2015) and Bill Lane (2016)