SquashBusters, the first urban squash program of its kind, has grown from humble beginnings on borrowed squash courts in Boston to a three city, 400-student program. We are a model for the urban squash movement, which now includes 22 domestic and international programs and serves 3000 students annually.
SquashBusters’ curriculum is designed to move our students through a seven-year program of personal, physical, and academic maturation so they are ready to succeed in college and beyond.
Students are with us three to five days a week for 33 weeks of the school year, each day consisting of squash practice and academic support and enrichment. Through SquashBusters, they have access to tutoring and test prep and benefit from intensive homework support – a critical need for our students who often come from homes where parents work around the clock to put food on the table.
Throughout the year, students engage in community service, compete in squash matches and tournaments, visit college campuses, and participate in external and internal summer programs that expand their horizons. As a result, students are connected to an incredibly vast range of educational and personal opportunities and develop relationships with peers, staff, and volunteers that last far beyond the program’s formal end.
Program wide, 98% of SquashBusters graduates have enrolled in college, and all have been able to do so affordably. Within six years, almost 70% graduate with a degree.