StreetSquash, founded in 1999, is a comprehensive youth enrichment program, combining academic tutoring, squash instruction, community service, college preparation, leadership development, and mentoring for young people ages 11-24. What began with 24 middle school students has expanded to serve nearly 300 participants, 6th grade through college and entry into the workforce. In 2008 StreetSquash opened a permanent home, the SL Green StreetSquash Center in Harlem, followed by the creation of the PE in Public Schools Program and a new relationship with Columbia University, as the home courts for the Men's and Women's Varsity Squash teams.
Founder George Polsky says it could have been anything but squash is the sport he plays, the hook to entice students to join the program. The real work is in the classroom, preparing students to succeed in college and as young adults who give back to their communities. [ Learn More ]