A clear path to opportunity

Racquet Up Detroit has invested deeply in youth and families in Northwest Detroit for the past 13 years, with inspiring results. Racquet Up has proven it can help youth to succeed in school and gain access to college:

  • 100% of 8-year participants have graduated from high school and received college acceptances
  • 88% are persisting toward a degree
  • 8 graduates have played college squash
  • Over 100 college visits
  • $275,000 in scholarships have enabled students to participate in 253 summer programs


Racquet Up offers a long-term, intensive, and holistic program built on strong relationships with students and their families.

In the past year:

  • 100% of seniors graduated from high school and gained access to postsecondary education
  • 6 high school seniors received 24 college acceptances
  • 43 students participated in 2 or more college/career exposure programs
  • 10 high schoolers and 9 alumni earned approximately $20,000 through participation in Grow Detroit’s Young Talent
  • 20 of 31 alumni completed at least 1 semester of college or trade school in 2021-2022
  • Four community service projects were completed
  • Nearly 200 students, families, and community members attended RUD’s first Community Resource Fair

Steady growth with purpose

The organization is poised to have a significant impact on thousands of youth and families in the coming decades. In 13 years, Racquet Up Detroit has grown from an inspiring idea, to a game-changing community organization.

  • 2 neighborhood partner schools to 5
  • 1 full-time staff to 11
  • $200,000 budget to $1.6 million
  • Built a dedicated 19,000 sq ft facility with three state-of-the-art classrooms, a college and career center, two study lounges, and eight squash courts 
  • Record high of 140 students enrolled as of January 2023