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.