Founded in 2002, CitySquash is a youth development program based in the Bronx at Fordham University. We help motivated youth from at-risk backgrounds fulfill their academic, athletic and personal potential. For our 150 elementary, middle, high school and college students, CitySquash is an intensive, year-round commitment that starts as early as 3rd grade and lasts through college graduation.
Our programming includes squash, tutoring, mentoring, community service, travel, high school placement, college prep and more. CitySquashers play squash and receive academic tutoring on Fordham University's Bronx campus, in the neighborhood where most CitySquashers live and go to school. CitySquash's Learning Center, three blocks from Fordham's campus on 187th Street, is the site of individual tutoring sessions and classes. On weekends, team members practice, study, compete in tournaments, take cultural field trips and do community service. In the summer, CitySquash runs an academic and squash camp and sends team members to sleep-away wilderness, academic and squash camps.
Thirty-eight students in CitySquash have won scholarships to selective prep schools, including All Hallows, Avon Old Farms, Berkshire, Blair, Brooks, Canterbury, Eaglebrook, Episcopal, Hackley, Hill, La Salle, Loomis Chaffee, Mercersburg, Millbrook, Salisbury, St. George's, St. Paul's, St. Pius V, Taft, Trinity-Pawling, Westover, and Williston Northampton. In total, these team members have been awarded over $5 million in financial aid. CitySquash's first three classes of students have gone on to attend four-year colleges such as Bucknell, Bates, Cornell, Franklin & Marshall, Hamilton, Hobart and Williams Smith, St. Lawrence, Mt. Holyoke and Wesleyan.
CitySquash is one of ten member organizations of the National Urban Squash and Education Association. CitySquashers have won a record 55 Urban National titles and six New England Championships; one CitySquasher has been ranked as high as #9 in the country. CitySquash has nine full-time staff members and an annual budget of $1 million.