Racquet Up works intensively with each student to support their long-term development
in the areas of education, health and fitness, and character.

Through squash and academics, Racquet Up inspires us
to be something greater than what we hear every day.


A new path to opportunity

With young people in Detroit facing an unstable and under-resourced education system, we must provide new opportunities for them to graduate high school and enroll in college.

Racquet Up is focused on helping each student’s development in the areas of education, health and fitness, and character. As members of our program, students commit to a rigorous regimen of academic tutoring, athletics, and enrichment above and beyond their school curriculum – 9 hours each week during the school year, plus weekends and extensive summer programming.

Our students develop the kind of confidence and maturity they will need to transition from high school to college successfully. As part of a strong peer group, they help each other to grow and excel in the classroom, and on the squash court.

Inspiring national and local results

Racquet Up Detroit is one of 20 member programs of the Squash and Education Alliance (SEA). The results over the last 20 years, since the first program was founded in Boston, have been inspiring:

– 97% of students graduate high school
– 90% enroll in college
– 70% of urban squash students earn a B.A. within 6 years, compared with the national average of 20 percent for low-income students

In Detroit, we are on course to replicate this success:

– 100 public school students enrolled
– 94% school attendance rate compared with the 84% average in Detroit public schools
– 40 Racquet Up students earned over $53,000 in scholarships for third party summer camps in the last year
– Students have attended prestigious summer academic programs at Phillips Exeter Academy, Taft School, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Michigan Tech University
– 2 students have earned full scholarships to attend high school full time at University Liggett School.