Women in Sports Day 2017

The tradition continues with the fourth annual Women in Sports Day at the U.S. Open Squash Championships presented by Macquarie Investment Management. Since 2013, the U.S. Open has lead the way in promoting equality, opportunity and prize-money parity in professional squash, a movement that now is world-wide. A comprehensive celebration of US Squash’s vision of ensuring girls and women can advance their lives through squash, Women in Sports Day acknowledges how women are at the core of the squash community and honors the on and off-court achievements of our women leaders.

With matches beginning at 12pm, there are programs throughout the day highlighting all elements of the women’s community. Join us for a light lunch and panel discussion on “Women’s Squash: Bringing Out the Best in Women’s and Girls’ Physical and Mental Strengths.” Get a hit in on the Drexel squash courts during the women’s open court time, or watch the girls of SquashSmarts, Philadelphia’s after-school youth enrichment program, practice with the world’s top female players and teaching pros. Prior to the evening matches, enjoy the star-studded cocktail reception and ceremony next to the glass court as we recognize the accomplishments and contributions of women in squash and the broader sports community. CEO of Billie Jean King’s Women’s Sports Foundation, Dr. Deborah Antoine, will be the keynote speaker. World No. 29 and President of the Professional Squash Association Women’s Division, Jenny Duncalf, and Gail Ramsay, esteemed player and coach, will be honored that evening. Proceeds of Women in Sports Day will benefit US Squash’s Women’s Fund, helping build women’s  squash programming in emerging and new markets across the country. Join the celebration – purchase your tickets today!

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Schedule

Tuesday, October 10

12pm: Panel Discussion
1pm: Women’s Round of 16 Matches
2pm: Women’s Open Court Time (Drexel Squash Courts)
3pm: Women’s Round of 16 Matches
5pm: Cocktail Reception
5:45pm: Remarks and Awards Presentation
6:30pm: Women’s and Men’s Round of 16 Matches

 

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Ticket Packages

Women in Sports Day proceeds will benefit US Squash’s Women’s  Fund, helping build women’s squash programming to emerging and current markets around the country.

Women in Sports Day Package-$80

  • Women in Sports Day Reception Ticket
  • Rd of 16 Club Level Ticket
  • Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and buffet
  • Two (2) Drink Tickets

Women in Sports Day Student Package-$50

  • Women in Sports Day Reception Ticket
  • Rd of 16 Club Level Ticket
  • Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and buffet
  • Two (2) Soft Drink Tickets

Women in Sports Day Back Wall Premium Package-$175

  • Women in Sports Day Reception Ticket
  • Rd of 16 Back Wall Premium Level Ticket
  • Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and buffet
  • Two (2) Drink Tickets

Women in Sports Day Supporting Patron-$500

  • Two (2) Women in Sports Day Reception Tickets
  • Two (2) Rd of 16 Club Level Tickets
  • Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and buffet
  • Four (4) Drink Tickets
  • Listing in program and event materials

Women in Sports Day Leadership Patron-$1,000

  • Two (2) Women in Sports Day Reception Tickets
  • Two (2) Rd of 16 President’s Suite Tickets
  • Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, buffet, and drinks
  • Listing in program and event materials
  • Souvenir Voucher

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*Back Wall tickets include access to the Club Level.

Panel

Bringing Out the Best in Women’s and Girls Physical & Mental Strengths

This great group of panelist will discus the differences females face, and how to address them in order to become a stronger player, competitor and person.

Topics and sample questions include:

  • What motivates female players at the junior, college, post college, PSA, and masters levels?
  • How to effectively coach girls and women. What are the different skills and approaches needed?
  • What are the physical differences that relate to squash and how we can optimize performance bio-mechanically?
  • How do you develop a strong mental mindset in girls and women for training and competing?
  • How do the positive aspects of women’s squash training translate over into other parts of women’s lives?

 

Awards

2017 Honorees

Jenny Duncalf, 2017 Women in Sports Day Recognition Award Recipient

Jenny Duncalf will receive a special Women in Sports Day recognition award. Duncalf, the world No.29 from England, has been the President of the PSA women’s division since the historic merger of the men’s and women’s tour two and a half years ago. “During this critical time of transition in the pro tour, Jenny has been essential,” said Ashley Bernhard, the deputy chairman of the PSA. “She has been a brilliantly thoughtful leader. Her dedication to equality, equal prize money and equal access on the pro tour has helped bring squash to a new level and made it a leader in the global sports community.”

Dr. Deborah Antoine, 2017 Women in Sports Day Keynote Speaker

Dr. Deborah Antoine will be the keynote speaker at Women in Sports Day. Since January, Antoine has served as the CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation. The WSF was founded by Billie Jean King in 1974 and is one of America’s most important institutions dedicated to creating leaders by ensuring all girls have access to sports.  A nationally-ranked tennis player, Antoine had previously served as the President and CEO of New York Junior Tennis & Learning, the nation’s largest tennis and education program that serves more than 75,000 children in the five boroughs of New York City.

 

 

 

 

 

Gail Ramsay, 2017 Achievement Bowl Recipient

Gail Ramsay will be awarded the Achievement Bowl during Women in Sports Day. One of the most accomplished women in U.S. squash history, she captured four straight national individual intercollegiate titles at Penn State, one of just three players to ever dominate college squash to that extent. She won three National Doubles title and seven National Mixed Doubles titles. From 1988 to 1994 she was the coach of the women’s team at Williams and since 1994 she’s coached the women’s team at Princeton. Her teams have won five national titles and four times a player of hers has taken the individual title.

 

2016 Honorees

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Maria Toorpakai, 2016 President’s Cup Recipient

Maria Toorpakai will be awarded the President’s Cup at Women in Sports Day. Toorpakai, age twenty-five, is ranked world No. 61 and has won seven PSA tour events. Her incredibly harrowing, powerful and ultimately inspiring life story is now well-known around the world. Toorpakai grew up in Waziristan, Pakistan and defied Islamic fundamentalists in order to play squash. She came in third at the 2009 World Juniors. This past spring, her memoir, A Different Kind of Daughter, was published to great acclaim, and Toorpakai appeared on numerous radio and television shows and in newspapers and magazines. Toorpakai also spoke at conferences in London and New York, including the United Nations’ Women’s International Forum 2016. In September the Toronto International Film Festival is screening the world premiere of a major, eighty-minute documentary about Toorpakai. Now titled Girl Unbound, it is the product of five years of filming in Toronto, where she is based, and Pakistan. The President’s Cup is the highest individual award at US Squash. Inaugurated in 1966, the award is given to men and women who have made substantial contributions of the game of squash. Toorpakai is the forty-fifth recipient of the President’s Cup and the second, after Hashim Khan in 1978, to hail from Pakistan.

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The 2015 winner of the Achievement Bowl, AJ Copeland, will be honored at WISD. Since 2007 Copeland, who played varsity squash at Brown, has served on the board of the National Capitol Squash district association as a vice president for women play, and for the past seven years she has also been a co-chair of US Squash’s Women’s Committee. The Achievement Bowl is US Squash’s oldest award, having been given out annually since 1955.

2015 Honorees

Alicia McConnell, 2014 President’s Cup Recipient

 

In 2014, Alicia McConnell was honored with US Squash’s highest individual award, the President’s Cup. She was recognized for her achievements at the 2015 Women in Sports Day Reception. McConnell won the 1980 World Juniors in Sweden. In one month in 1981 she won the national juniors, national intercollegiates and U.S. Nationals—a sweep of titles no one else has accomplished before or since in the same year. She won seven straight U.S. national singles titles and eleven straight U.S. national doubles titles. McConnell was the first American woman to make a deep impact on the international pro women’s tour, reaching world No.14. She played for Team USA in six world championships and, in the 1995 Pan American Games, she helped secure a silver medal for the women’s team. After retiring from singles play, she worked as a teaching pro at the Heights Casino in Brooklyn and was the head coach for Team USA’s national junior squad. In 2000 she was a member of the inaugural class of inductees into the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

Jen Gabler, 2014 Achievement Bowl Recipient

Jen Gabler was recognized at the 2015 Women in Sports Day as the recipient of the 2014 Achievement Bowl, US Squash’s oldest award. Playing under Hall of Fame coach Aggie Kurtz at Dartmouth College, Gabler went from a raw junior varsity player her first year to the varsity’s MVP her senior year. Gabler is an avid squash player—she built her own court in her home, written profiles on women in squash for Squash Magazine, acted as tournament chair for the Howe Cup, played in the 50+ draw at the 2014 World Masters and currently serves as the women’s committee chair with this year’s Howe Cup tournament director, Kim Clearkin. Gabler always encourages juniors and adults alike to come hit with her, try out squash, and learn to love the game.

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Anne Farrell, 2014 W. Stuart Brauns, Jr Award Recipient

Anne Farrell, the longest-serving employee of US Squash in the organization’s 110-year history, was honored with the 2014 W. Stewart Brauns, Jr. Award. Farrell worked as office manager at US Squash from October 1979 to September 2005. This twenty-six year tenure spanned a transformative era that Farrell helped direct and sustain. Because of her enthusiasm, attention to detail and warm personality, she led every administrative and clerical effort of the Association. For decades she was literally the voice of squash, as she answered the telephone. Despite the meteoric growth of squash around the country, Farrell was renowned not only knowing each US Squash member’s name but who they were: their spouses, birthdays, children, jobs. Even though she didn’t play squash or go to tournaments, it was this personal touch that made her a legendary fixture in the game.

 

 

 

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Kasey Brown, Former World No. 5 and WSA President

Former World No. 5 and WSA President, Kasey Brown, was recognized by US Squash at Women in Sports Day for her accomplishments and impact on women’s squash throughout her career. The 2014 U.S. Open was Brown’s final tournament before retiring from the pro tour. After a career spanning a decade of globetrotting, Brown planned her return home to New South Wales, Australia by moving from her Greenwich, CT residence for a new career promoting squash to players of all ages and abilities. Throughout her career, Brown competed at the very top level of the sport against world No. 1 Nicol David and world No. 2 Laura Massaro. In the 2011 U.S. Open in the first year that the tournament was held at the Drexel University Daskalakis Center, she eliminated David in the quarterfinals losing in the finals to Massaro.

 

Committee Members

Committee Chairs:
Ashley Bernhard
Katharine Joyce

Committee Members:
Virginia Baltzell
Christina Brownell
Jamea Campbell
Kim Clearkin
Niki Clement
AJ Copeland
Scott Devoy
Jenny Duncalf
Stacy Fiechter
Jen Gabler
Ruchira Glaser
Alex Gough
Amy Gross
Demer Holleran
Anne Hopkins
Paul Johnson
Kim Lightner
Alisha Maity
Allison Nalle
Gail Ramsay
Alex Stait
Brendon Welker
Laura White
Tim Wyant
Elizabeth Zelov
Jim Zug

Sponsorship

Women in Sports Day offers a sponsor a platform to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of women squash players and contributors—both amateur and professional. All Gold level sponsorship benefits will be implemented in connection with title sponsorship of  “Women’s In Sports Day” at the U.S. Open.

Contact US SQUASH at 212.268.4090

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