Founded in 2001,SquashSmarts is a free intensive out-of-school time program changing the lives of Philadelphia's public school students. SquashSmarts is a 501c3 non-profit academic and athletic mentoring program with a proven track record of keeping kidsin school, in shape, and on track for graduation.
SquashSmarts works with 5th-12th grade students who are selected based on commitment, effort and attitude, not athletic or academic ability. Operating out of two facilities, the Lenfest Center (North Philadelphia) and Drexel'sDaskalakis Athletic Center (West Philadelphia), students attend practices three days each week focusing on SquashSmarts' Five Pillars: (1) Academic Support, (2) Squash Instruction, (3) Fitness and Nutrition, (4) Personal Achievement, and (5) Leadership. Students also participate in competitive squash opportunities, community service projects, cultural outings, and special events.
An eight-year commitment to each child ensures long-term success by providing a team, a family, a safety net and a sense of belonging. Strong one-on-one relationships with staff and volunteers are the key to fostering every child's success and breaking the cycle of Philadelphia's public school drop-out rate.Put simply,SquashSmarts is giving kids their best shot!