To support and empower Detroit youth so they can achieve their full potential through a long-term, demanding, and inspiring mentoring program of squash, academics, and community service.
Racquet Up Detroit was established in the spring of 2010 through a concerted effort by the National Urban Squash and Education Association (NUSEA) and a team of five local board members, along with the support of a challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Based on an urban youth development model which has proven successful over more than 15 years in 9 other cities across the country, Racquet Up Detroit aims to replicate the outstanding results seen in Boston, Harlem, the Bronx, Philadelphia, New Haven, Chicago, San Diego, Baltimore, and Denver. For more on the urban squash movement, click here
Building on the established Urban Squash and Education model, Racquet Up Detroit aims to promote participants’:
Racquet Up Detroit drives toward these goals by requiring participants to attend squash and academic “practices” a minimum of three days each week for the full academic year. Each 3-hour after-school session consists of an hour of squash and fitness instruction and activity, an hour of homework tutoring, and an hour of literacy development. Emphasis is placed on Racquet Up’s core “I-CARE” Values: Integrity, Concern for Others, Appreciation, Respect, and Effort.
Consistently rated by Forbes Magazine as the “healthiest” sport for its broad benefits for both body and mind, squash is a game that everyone should try. While not particularly well-known yet in the United States, squash is growing in popularity and accessibility, in large part as a result of the National Urban Squash and Education Association. Squash is most commonly compared to racquetball—two people face off in an enclosed indoor court with a tennis-like racquet in hand, each trying to hit the ball to the front wall in such a way that it will rebound and bounce twice before the other player can hit it to the front wall. Click here for a glimpse of some top-level squash players in action.
Racquet Up Detroit is based on a youth development model that has proven successful over more than 15 years in 10 cities across the country. Through the same core program components—squash and fitness instruction, academic tutoring and enrichment, community service, and mentoring—National Urban Squash and Education Association (NUSEA) programs have driven the following outstanding results:
NUSEA student profiles: Donnie Harris & Erika Chavez
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Learn about SquashSmarts in Philadelphia
Learn about CitySquash in The Bronx
Learn about Access Youth Academy in San Diego
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