A new path to opportunity

After ten years, Racquet Up has proven it can help youth to succeed in school and access college:

  • 100% of students to complete the program have graduated from high school and enrolled in college
  • 116 college acceptances received from 30 different colleges and universities by 24 alumni
  • $1.9m in college scholarships and financial aid offered to two classes of seniors to date


Racquet Up offers a holistic program built on strong relationships with students and their families:

In the past year:

  • RUD students attended school at a rate of 92% compared with the 80% Detroit average
  • 94% of students completed two or more college visits
  • 84% of students took part in 1 or more service projects
  • 78% of students improved or maintained their time in the mile run
  • RUD had 289 competitive squash exposures at 18 matches and tournaments in 12 cities across the US, including 24 top finishes.
  • 60% of students decreased or maintained their score in the beep test
  • RU students provided 300 hours of service to Keep Growing Detroit, the Northwest Activities Center, Neighborhood Service Organization, and more.
  • Students completed 12 cultural visits including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Outdoor Adventure Center and Eastern Market, Detroit.
  • RUD provided 17 college exposure activities, including a college panel, career panel, campus visits and 4-day overnight Midwest college tour.