Derek Aguirre, Executive Director
Derek is a native of Michigan with seven years of experience as a youth development professional. He graduated from the University of Michigan where he studied history and English, and became deeply engaged in urban issues and community service in Detroit. He moved to Boston after graduation to work for SquashBusters, the first-ever after-school program to use the sport of squash, in combination with academic support, community service, and mentoring to make a difference in the lives of urban public school students. After six years with SquashBusters, Derek attended Harvard Business School, where he focused on non-profit management and earned his MBA.
Rashard Haynesworth, Mind and Body Coach
Rashard is a Detroit native and graduate of the University of Michigan. He studied Sport Management with a minor in Urban Studies, and participated in the University of Michigan’s Semester in Detroit program where he interned with Racquet Up Detroit. After graduation, Rashard worked as a paraprofessional in a local elementary school, continuing to gain experience in youth development. With an opening through a partnership with Coach Across America, Rashard joined the team in 2013 as Racquet Up’s Mind and Body Coach. In this position, Rashard will lead academic programming for 5th grade students, starting in 2014. In addition, he will support our current students with literacy development. Rashard enjoys spending time with family, and all things Detroit sports (Go Blue!).
Emma Head, Squash Program Assistant
Emma is originally from Manchester, United Kingdom. She has played the great game of squash since she was 11. After entering her first Under 14 tournament, she was hooked on competing and all that squash had to offer. Emma became Scottish and British champion at the Under 19 level and the youngest ever senior Scottish national champion. She went on to play on the international circuit and gained her highest world ranking of 30. She has over 40 caps for competing for Scotland in national and international events.
Once retiring from the international circuit, Emma began coaching and passing on her love for squash. She is married to Jon and has three kids: Georgie, Jessica, and Charlie. Emma and her family moved to the United States 7 years ago with her husband’s job. Her family loves being in the US. Emma is very excited and proud to be part of the Racquet Up Detroit family. Cheers!
Tammy Hurvitz, Program Coordinator
Tammy is a Michigan native and graduate of the University of Michigan. There, she studied Biology and Education and spent her summers as a counselor at an over-night summer camp. After graduation, she spent 2 years teaching Science and Language Arts in Quito, Ecuador, and loved to travel through South America. Returning to the United States, Tammy spent a year in Anchorage, Alaska working as the Site Director for a before- and after-school program before relocating to Washington DC, where she earned her MBA from George Washington University. As Program Coordinator, Tammy participates and supports daily practice, while leading our evaluation and communication efforts. She is excited to be back in the mitten and is looking forward to learning how to play squash.
Patrick Morris, Academic Director and Business Manager
Patrick is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he studied public policy and economics. In Ann Arbor, he spent time volunteering with the creative writing program 826michigan. As a participant in the University of Michigan’s Semester in Detroit program, Patrick explored Detroit and gained exposure to the non-profit field while interning at InsideOut Literary Arts Project. He currently leads Racquet Up’s literacy and academic programs, while also supporting the business operations of the organization. Patrick enjoys running marathons, visiting libraries, and playing outside.
Racquet Up Detroit
PO Box 11404
Detroit, MI 48211
Northwest Activities Center
18100 Meyers Road
Detroit, MI 48235
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