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Fourth Annual Women in Sports Day Features Panel and Clinics

(l-r): Katline Couwels, Niki Clement, Amy Gross and Jenny Duncalf

The fourth annual Women in Sport Day took place during the 2017 United States Open at Drexel.

The day began with a special lunchtime panel discussion at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. Moderated by Katline Couwels (the director of MSquash), the panelists included Niki Clement (head men’s and women’s coach at Haverford College), Jenny Duncalf (world No.30 and PSA women’s president) and Amy Gross (former Team USA member and performance coach).

Jeanie Shanahan Honored With SquashSmarts Distinguished Service Award

Jeanie Shanahan was honored at SquashSmarts VIP Night at the United States Open tonight with the 2017 SquashSmarts Distinguished Service Award.

The executive assistant and officer manager at Philadelphia’s urban squash program, Shanahan joined the staff in July 2007. She had previously worked for a half dozen years at US Squash as an office manager; her older sister, Anne Farrell, was a US Squash staff member for twenty-six years.

Andrew Nehrbas Awarded PSRA Service Award

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.

U.S. Open Celebrates Doubles Community

2016-2017 U.S. doubles national champions.

Doubles came to singles, as a new tradition at the 2017 United States Open Squash Championship started today.

Doubles Day celebrated the game of doubles. A hugely popular and growing game in the U.S., squash doubles was originally created in 1907 at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia, less than twenty blocks from the Daskalakis Athletic Center.