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RhodySquash is a non-profit organization that provides at-risk youth with academic tutoring, squash instruction, community service, and mentoring. Our goal is to create a supportive and nurturing environment that allows all students to achieve their full potential.

Our mission is Corpus, Mens, Spiritus (Body, Mind, Spirit)

RhodySquash provides an opportunity for the underprivileged youth of our community to achieve their personal best through the integration of athletics, community service and scholarship offered with a mentorship anchored by the sport of squash and the objective of self-actualization.

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RhodySquash v. SquashBusters Tournament At St. George’s

DSC_0046_2Two squads of SquashBusters, one from Boston and the other from Lawrence, Massachusetts joined RhodySquash for a tournament today at St. George’s School. We had healthy snack goody bags ready for their arrival after their long trip to Newport. Typical of tournament etiquette, introductions were made in one of the courts, with each player called out by name, and sent around the group for a welcome ‘high five.’ Teams A, B, C, and D were matched by age. Each match had two referees, one each from RhodySquash and SquashBusters. At the end, we made a ‘goodbye circle’ and passed around the great energy that comes from good sportsmanship and good times. Thanks for a great tournament, SquashBusters… hope to see you soon!

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Thank you RhodySquash parents for preparing goody bags.

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SquashBusters team shirts say “College, Character, Health.”

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Team introductions.

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High five !

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Coach Bill DiMarco was on hand to offer advice between matches.

 

 

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Thanks to our referees.

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The ‘goodbye circle.’

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Boys and Girls Club Of Newport County Donates Annual Memberships For RhodySquash

1275232_526081117460657_1259376607_oThe Boys and Girls Club of Newport County has supported Aquidneck Island’s young people for many years, with athletic, cultural and academic opportunities. Since RhodySquash’s inception, they have generously assisted us with a reduced fee for transportation from Thompson School to our after school program, and to and from our squash tournaments, community service projects and cultural events.

Pool - Swim Lessons -459x630The Boys and Girls Club has just announced they are donating an annual membership for each and every RhodySquash student, allowing entry to their state-of-the-art facilities and programming. It’s a great opportunity for our participants to supplement their fitness on the basketball court, in the pool, or in the gym, and their academics in the computer lab, or just have some good old fun with arts and crafts, hip hop dancing and host of other enriching opportunities.

Thank you so much to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County for your ongoing partnership and generous support of RhodySquash !

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Community Service Project: RhodySquash Partners With Universal Promise

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Making upcycled mittens to benefit students in South Africa is RhodySquash’s most recent community service project

Martha Cummings, founder of Universal Promise, is on a mission to better the educational opportunities available in impoverished regions of South Africa, including opportunities for the children who attend the Vusumzi Primary School.

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Martha Cummings speaks to RhodySquashers about her work in South Africa

RhodySquash has partnered with Universal Promise for a new community service project that not only helps the kids at Vusumzi, it’s a recycling project that’s great for the environment as well.

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Making a paper pattern is step one for this project

RhodySquashers have been upcycling old wool sweaters into mittens for the students at Vusumzi. Martha will bring the mittens with her to South Africa when she visits in March, 2015.

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The finished product: these mittens are headed for students in South Africa. Great work, RhodySquash!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             If you would like to donate sweaters to RhodySquash for upcycling, please contact Executive Director Ann Guinan at: ann@RhodySquash.org.

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To learn more about Universal Promise, please visit www.UniversalPromise.org.

We’ll keep you posted on the progress of our project!

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RhodySquash vs. St. Michael’s @ St. George’s

Congratulations RhodySquashers for great sportsmanship today!

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Proud of you – Coach Guinan and Coach Keefe !

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Talbott Squash Academy (TSA) Sponsoring Two RhodySquashers This Summer

Repeating the generosity he has shown in previous years, Mark Talbott, Head Squash Coach at Stanford University, and founder of the Talbott Squash Academy, has donated spots for two RhodySquash students at his July 19 – 25th camp this summer.

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Campers are coached in a one:four coach to student ratio which includes squash instruction, drills and match play. Off-court training includes exercise and stretching, and there’s leisure time built in at the beach and enjoying other local activities.

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Mark Talbott (on right) competing on the Pro circuit

This is an incredible opportunity for RhodySquashers to be trained by Talbott, a Squash Hall of Fame inductee who was the #1 ranked squash professional in North America for twelve years.

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Previous RhodySquashers have loved the TSA experience!

Thank you, Coach Talbott!

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Middle School Squash First For Aquidneck Island

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St. Michael’s and RhodySquash plan strategy

In an auspicious first for Aquidneck Island’s burgeoning middle-school squash scene, St.Michael’s Country Day School hosted the RhodySquash team for a friendly scrimmage on Sunday, 6 December, at Newport Community Squash. Ten players from each program participated. The evenly matched lineups featured close play at all positions, and while St. Michael’s won eight of the pairings, most of the players paid more attention to inhaling the pizza, making new friends, and listening to the tips from those new friends about ways to improve their games.

As always, the five-game matches proved most memorable for the fans. Three of Sunday’s offerings went the distance: Lilly Furtado’s win over St. Michael’s Ashley Breyer, Nelson McMillan’s come-from-behind victory over RhodySquash’s Jaden Petrie, and Charlie de Ramel’s scrappy seesaw win opposite RhodySquash’s Colin McCabe.

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Katy Serth (5th grade) during scrimmage

The top three players for each squad also displayed in their respective tilts the flashes of skilled play that comes only from hours of devoted practice: Nick McConnell in his win over RhodySquash’s Collin Cord, Hudson Dunn in his win over RhodySquash’s Jonathan Tejada-Corleto (Hudson is currently ranked by US Squash as No. 22 in the United States in the BU11 category), and Bennett Van Liew in his win against RhodySquash’s Sean Pietrie (Bennett is nationally ranked in the BU13 division by US Squash).

RhodySquash is a non-profit organization that combines academic tutoring and squash instruction. This after-school program is modeled after successful urban squash programs in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. The game, fast and so physically demanding, teaches students the importance of self-determination, integrity, sportsmanship, and strategic thinking.

Angie and Jiana share a smile with Angie’s little brother. Lilly Furtado plays on the court behind them.

John Wilson, St. Michael’s coach, and Ann Guinan, the executive director and coach of RhodySquash, are at work planning a rematch for January 2015 that will include teams from RhodySquash’s sister programs in Boston and New Haven.

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RhodySquash Community Service Project With “Clean Ocean Access”

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Eighteen RhodySquashers and parents joined Dave McLaughlin of “Clean Ocean Access,”  at “Surfer’s End” – Second Beach, Middletown on Voting Day, for an innovative beach cleanup. Shoreline cleanup protects our precious wildlife, helps keep the beach looking beautiful, and is an easy and fun way for everyone to help conserve the environment.

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Team RhodySquash helped Clean Ocean Access achieve their goal of biweekly cleanup efforts in Newport and Middletown.

 

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“Our mission is all about future generations and this is exactly the kind of thing we do,” Dave McLaughlin, Co-Founder and Executive Director “Clean Ocean Access.”

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Michael E. McCarthy Scholarship Fund Awards Grant To RhodySquash

RhodySquash has just been informed that we have been selected as recipients of a Michael E. McCarthy Scholarship Fund grant.

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MEMSF’s grant supporting athletic gear (eye protection, squash racquets, indoor court shoes and team uniforms) helped us greatly as our program continues to expand to include more students from Thompson Middle School.

Thank you MEMSF! Your support truly makes a difference for RhodySquash!

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Ross Henry Freiman-Mendel: Helping R.I. kids play is not elitist – Providence Journal – published October 02, 2014

Jaileen Guerrero, then 11, gets in some practive on the squash court with volunteer Peter O’Connell of the RhodySquash program, in 2012.


The barrage of negative ads during this past primary election season was unrelenting. I feel compelled to set the record straight regarding an ad hominem attack that Nellie Gorbea leveled against Guillaume De Ramel, who lost in the Democratic primary for Rhode Island secretary of state, because I know firsthand that the facts defy the implied allegation.

I specifically refer to a video that ran during the campaign, which said, “He just uses his family fortune to give away hundreds of thousands to … the game of squash.” These words and the accompanying photos purposely aimed to polarize the electorate by painting De Ramel as an uncaring elitist. Here is the truth:

De Ramel and I met because of our shared passion for squash. We both played squash in Newport, at a modest two-court facility housed next to our local Seven-Eleven, in a “club” open to any member of the public for a nominal membership fee.

I was a high school student involved in the urban squash movement, and I pitched the idea of starting a local chapter in our community. Guillaume and his wife Molly jumped at the chance to support an organization that would bring our beloved sport to all the kids of Newport. The De Ramels’ commitment to critical early funding of the program catalyzed approval by the superintendent of Newport Public Schools, allowing us to partner with the Thompson Middle School and launch RhodySquash in 2010.

RhodySquash really involves this: an after-school program that introduces kids, often from poorer homes, to a new athletic activity and sharpens their skills in the classroom. On each of the three days per week the program meets, one hour is spent on court with a professional coach who works on racquet skills, team building and sportsmanship. Another hour each session is focused on the classroom, with personalized tutoring by mentors who support the work done at school and help families who often have two parents working.

We offer healthy snacks, supplementing the diet of our kids, many of whom depend on the National School Lunch Program for nutrition. We provide gear and transportation, and travel to compete with urban squash programs in Boston and New Haven. For many of our kids, competing in tournaments is a first opportunity to visit another state. RhodySquash has helped our kids improve their grades and expand their horizons.

I regret that The Journal’s PolitiFact did not check the Gorbea ad that backhanded candidate Guillaume De Ramel. His critical support of RhodySquash at its inception, and his ongoing support of that organization — along with the Boys and Girls Club, Child and Family Services, Rhode Island Hospital and numerous other organizations serving veterans, immigrants, women, and all of the citizens of Rhode Island — clearly demonstrate how actions speak louder than words.

Last season, RhodySquash played Squashbusters, Boston’s urban program. The RhodySquashers ultimately prevailed against their SquashBusters counterparts, a testament to the work of our program and the impact of urban squash nationally. Imagine what that victory did to boost the pride and self-esteem of the students of the Thompson Middle School.

Imagine what thinking like that could have done for the state of Rhode Island.

 

Ross Henry Freiman-Mendel is a student at Brown University and the co-founder of RhodySquash, an urban squash program based in Newport.

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RhodySquash News

Welcome Ann Guinan, RhodySquash’s new executive director. Ann is an experienced squash player who enjoys coaching and looks forward to ushering our students through another great year of athletics, academics and community service.

We had a successful turn out at the Thompson Middle School Gym for an information session and tryouts on October 2nd.

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In addition to Rhodysquashers returning from the 2013/14 season, the program got many new sign ups.

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 We look forward to getting back on to the courts on Thursday October 9, at  3 pm.

We have a new address for correspondence:  270 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island 02840.  Our contact number is 401 662 6904.

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