The Challenge was on for the Smith College Squash Team. From the official World Squash day website: “The theme for this year’s World Squash Day on November 6 is to encourage clubs and associations all over the globe to increase playing numbers.
Smith Squash Nails World Squash Day – 32 new kids for squash (10 adults too:)!
So, on November 6th, the challenge for every club in the world is to attract:
20 new junior players and
10 new adult members
World Squash Day is supported by the World Squash Federation (WSF), and Chief Executive Andrew Shelley says: “This is a wonderful idea to create an explosive worldwide rise in participation levels.”
Part I – Kid’s Night Out – Friday, Nov. 5, 7-10 pm.
The Smith Squash Team’s efforts started on the evening of Friday, November 5th (so World Squash Day somewhere in the world;) when 32 children aged 6-14 were introduced to the game for the first time at Kids’ Night Out participated in a whirlwind 50-minute court rotation where they were exposed to squash, British Racketball, soccer, hand-eye drills and ping-pong, before an hour’s worth of swimming before cooling down watching the Incredibles with healthy snacks. As part of their community service committment, he Smith College Squash team is donating half of the proceeds of the babysitting fees to the United Way of Hampshire County Squash & Racketball Tourney’s coffers – the tournament was held today! Unfortunately we were not able to get any photos or video of the kids running around and enjoying their new sport, but the proceedings looked a little like this:
Part 2 – United Way Squash & Racketball Tournament – Sat. Nov. 6, 9-3 pm.
In the second part of the Smith College Squash team’s efforts to support World Squash Day and a good cause, the team ran a Charity Squash Tournament for the local United Way of Hampshire County. Ten members of Tim Bacon’s newly developed ESS962 Introduction to Racquet Sports Course played in their first tournament – fulfilling the second part of the World Squash Day Challenge! There was also an 8-person draw for the Smith College Squash Team – won by Captain and #1 Meg Oliverio and an 8-man men’s section, won by Smith Coach Tim Bacon. 100% of proceeds will be donated to the United Way of Hampshire County! Full results and a list of donors will be posted tomorrow on the United Way Tournament page – but here are a couple of photos and videos to start!