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RhodySquash is a non-profit organisation 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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The RhodySquash Rally

RhodySquash is very excited to invite you to the second annual RhodySquash Rally! The Rally will be taking place from 6 to 8pm on Thursday June 26th at The Regatta Place, 5 Marina Drive, in Newport RI. Tickets are now available through our Event Tickets page.

The RhodySquash Rally is a reception and silent auction fundraiser to benefit RhodySquash, an after school mentoring program for youth in the community.  All proceeds will go directly to Thompson Middle School students so that they will receive squash instruction, and academic tutoring in order to increase their chances of success in school and in life.

Click Here to purchase your tickets now!

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RhodySquash victory!

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Congratulations to the RhodySquash team for it’s victory over Squashbusters last week in Boston!  They played strong, exhibited great sportsmanship and represented Thompson Middle School and the city of Newport very well.  Great job! They will travel to Yale University this month to challenge the SquashHaven team.  Good luck!

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Bus52 presents RhodySquash

RhodySquash was recently the subject of a Bus 52 documentary. The group came to St. Georges to observe and film the kids practicing and studying. They did a great job capturing the essence of the program and the kids did a great job too! Thanks so much to Robert Gelb and his crew for a wonderful experience.

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Write up in Choate Alumni Bulletin

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RhodySquash Hires Kerry Bidlack and Pete Avitable

RhodySquash is excited to announce that we’ve hired Kerry Bidlack as Executive Director and Pete Avitable as Director of Squash.

Executive Director

Kerry Bidlack worked as the Academic Director for the 2011-2012 season, where she oversaw all academic related programming, including homework help, enrichment, standardized test preparation, and interfacing with students and their parents. Kerry is excited to build upon the work accomplished during our inaugural season and looks forward to shepherding RhodySquash into the National Urban Squash Education Association (NUSEA), the governing body for national urban squash in the United States.

 

Director of Squash

Pete Avitable has myriad squash experience. A graduation of the University of Rochester (where he was captain of the Men’s Varsity Squash team), Pete comes to RhodySquash having coached at Brown University, Connecticut College, the Greater Albany Squash Association, and Siena College club squash team. He is a certified Level 2 squash coach and looks forward to working with the RhodySquashers in improving all aspects of their game and in competing in matches and tournaments in the state and throughout the country.

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Bringing squash instruction to at-risk students (Providence Journal, 22 May 2012)

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Bringing squash instruction to at-risk students

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May 22, 2012 3:02 pm

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RhodySquash, a nonprofit that helps under-resourced middle school children through squash instruction and academic mentoring, has formalized a working partnership with St. George’s School in Middletown. At right, Cristal Fuerte, 11, gets in some practice on the squash court.

The Hoopes Squash Center at St. George’s, which consists of eight regulation courts, will now serve as the permanent home for the RhodySquash team, affording up to 16 underserved children an opportunity to play and learn, with the continued support of adult and student volunteers from St. George’s and the Rhode Island community.

For more information, visit rhodysquash.org.

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Urban Squash Program and Prep School Form First-in-the-Nation Partnership

Newport, R.I.— RhodySquash, a nonprofit that engages and enriches the lives of under-resourced middle school children through squash instruction and academic mentoring, has formalized a working partnership with St. George’s School.The alliance represents the nation’s first established relationship between an urban squash organization and an elite independent boarding school. Urban squash programs have previously affiliated with colleges and universities. The St. George’s Board of Trustees has approved a permanent move for RhodySquash to their state-of-the-art Hoopes Squash Center beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year.

The Hoopes Squash Center, which consists of eight regulation courts, will now serve as the permanent “home” for the RhodySquash team, affording up to 16 underserved children from the Thompson Middle School an opportunity to play and learn in an awe-inspiring setting, with the continued support of adult and student volunteers from St. George’s and the greater Rhode Island community.

In assuming this preeminent leadership role, St. George’s is proud to join the ranks of Yale University, Stanford University, Northeastern University, Fordham University, and Franklin & Marshall College, all of which house similar programs that engage underserved local youth through squash and academics.

This game-changing partnership promises mutual benefit and growth, as RhodySquash and St. George’s School look forward to working to improve the lives of underprivileged children in Newport, R.I.

For further information, visit www.rhodysquash.org or contact Executive Director Ross Freiman-Mendel.

St. George’s School, an independent day and boarding school for students in grades 9-12, is located at 372 Purgatory Road in Middletown, R.I.

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May 21, 2012

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RhodySquash, in association with newportFILM is sponsoring a special screening of “Keep Eye on Ball: The Hashim Khan Story,” a documentary about the greatest squash player of the 20th century, on Wednesday, May 23 at the Casino Theater in Newport. A reception at 6 p.m. will be followed by the film at 7 p.m. and a Q&A session with the film’s producer Beth Rasin.

In addition, Trinity College squash coach Paul Assaiante will be at the event. Until this year, his team had not lost a squash match in over a decade, making them the winningest team in college sports history.

Tickets are $30 and proceeds will benefit the educational work at RhodySquash, the local nonprofit that engages underprivileged youth from Thompson Middle School through squash and academic entrenchment. Tickets to the showing can be purchased online at www.rhodysquash.org.

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Newport’s RhodySquash is all about connecting with local, underprivileged students and helping them realize their potential through athletics, community service and scholarship with a “mentorship anchored by the sport of squash.”

Not a squash enthusiast yourself?  Maybe you should be!  It was rated THE healthiest sport by Forbes Magazine, saying…

“Extended rallies and almost constant running builds muscular strength and endurance in the lower body, while lunges, twists and turns increase flexibility in the back and abdomen.”

The non-profit hosts a special screening of Keep Eye on Ball: The Hashim Khan Story at the Casino Theater on Wednesday, May 23, in association with our friends at newportFILM. The flick traces the life of the father of modern squash, to benefit RhodySquash’s educational work, and wraps up with a Q&A with producer Beth Rasin.

THIS JUST IN: Head Squash Coach at Trinity College, Paul Assaiante will be there. Until this year, the team hadn’t lost a single match in more than a decade – making them the winningest team in college sports history!

Visit www.rhodysquash.org/products-page/event-tickets/hashim-khan-documentary-produced-newportfilm/ for tickets or more info!

 

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