A clear path to opportunity

Racquet Up Detroit has invested deeply in youth and families in Northwest Detroit for the past 12 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
  • 88% are persisting toward a degree
  • 6 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:

  • 7 high school seniors received 38 college acceptances
  • 100% of seniors graduated from high school and gained access to postsecondary education
  • 43 students participated in 2 or more college/career exposure programs
  • 19 high school students earned a total of $15,000 for participation in Grow Detroit’s Young Talent program
  • 81% of students reported major improvements in math, overall health and fitness, and squash
  • 19 of 24 Racquet Up alumni completed at least 1 semester of college or trade school in 2020-2021
  • 300lbs of non-perishable food was distributed to families

Steady growth with purpose

The organization is poised to have a significant impact on thousands of youth and families in the coming decades. In 12 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 12
  • $200,000 budget to $1.51 million
  • Built a dedicated 19,000sq. ft facility with three state-of-the-art classrooms, a college and career center, two study lounges, and eight squash courts