Welcome John Wilson – Squash Professional

DSC_0674John Wilson has played competitive squash for more than 30 years. In 2005, he was the Men’s 50+ Finalist in the US Squash Masters National Championships, losing to the Canadian national champion. He has held US Squash national rankings for many years in his age group and skill level and has been Rhode Island state champion in his age group many times.

He has 20 years of experience coaching and teaching squash, including 15 years as coach of Bryant University’s club squash team, which won the College Squash Association’s Hawthorne Cup in 2014 with victories over Fordham, the University of Southern California, and the University of California, Berkeley (9-0 in the finals). He has completed the coursework for US Squash’s Level 1 and Level 2 Coaching certificates.

Born in Seattle, Washington, John holds a BA in English from the University of Washington and an MA in English from Brown University and has worked for more than 20 years as a writer and editor for sailing magazines.

He is the owner of Newport Community Squash, in Newport, Rhode Island

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Our fundraiser was a Huge Success due to the amazing support from The friends of RhodySquash and all the Local Businesses that donated items to our raffle and Silent Auction.

Thank you Friends of RhodySquash:

Meredith Travers, Ken and Catherine Petrie, Stephanie Mosher, Caroline Richards, Gulia and William May, Tesa Van Munching, Meg Cobb, Kathy Wilson, Holly Patterson, Melissa Pattavina, Veronica Brown, Hillary Davidson

YMCA of Newport County, Mens hair, Jack Boyle, Helly Hansen, Resail’s, Anchor Bend Glass, La Maison De CoCo, The Apothacary, Wavelengths Salon, John Wilson, Rose Island Lighthouse, Chateau & Bungalow, Jennie Freiman, Corner Cafe’, The Ships Store, Neil Martin, Bellevue Barre/Pulse, Haarstick Jewelry, Sea Gear, The Power of Juice, Newport Community Squash, Narragansett Beer, Newport Vineyards, Sailing Yacht Adirondack, Cottage and Garden, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Sodexo at Salve Regina, Emily Fowler and of course Willy’s.

Parker Brown with his Raffle Prize donated by Margaret Connor of St George’s School.

parker won the regular show items

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RhodySquash Travels To New Haven Meet With SquashHaven

SquashHaven, our sister team in New Haven Connecticut, hosted RhodySquash on Saturday, 3/7/15 at the beautiful and impressive Brady Squash Center at Yale University, which serves as their home base.

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Teams are introduced by the traditional introductory handshake before every competition.

Each RhodySquash player competed in two games against their SquashHaven opponent. First year players Parker Brown, KatySerth and Marianna May bested their matches 3-0. Collin Cord worked hard to win a nail-biting 3-2 against his opponent, but fell short in his second game. Jonathan Tejada was player of the day, winning his match 3-0 with ease, by playing one of his best matches to date. Abi Mosher, Lily Furtado, Angie McCartney and Kayleigh Mosher won decidedly in 3 to 4 games. Sean Petrie, paired with two top SquashHaven players, was outmatched in both of his games. Frankie Underwood played her 3 matches on the day, victorious in 2 and succumbing to 1, in which exhaustion played a key.

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Team RhodySquash in the beautiful exhibition court at the Brady Squash Center.

Overall, RhodySquash 20, SquashHaven 4. All of the SquashHaven and RhodySquash players demonstrated admirable sportsmanship.

Thank you to our SquashHaven hosts… we hope to see you soon.


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RhodySquash Vacation Week Squash Clinic At Newport Community Squash


RhodySquash was officially closed for the school vacation week that began on President’s Day, February 16, 2015. Coach John Wilson of Newport Community Squash invited our students to a day long clinic on February 19th.





Executive Director and Coach Ann Guinan, whose kids were also on school break, brought them along to help with healthy-snack set-up, score-keeping, and team support.


The snow and freezing cold can’t keep us away from the courts. We had a great time and are getting ready to get back to our afterschool program when school starts next week.

Thanks Coach John!


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St. George’s School ♥♥♥ RhodySquash

XThe St. George’s School supports RhodySquash with space at the Hoopes Squash Center and further supports our program with academic, athletic and administrative volunteers. We were completely touched to learn that the St. George’s Community Service Team nominated RhodySquash to be this year’s recipient of their Valentine’s Day CandyGram Fundraiser.

Margaret Connors, Director of Community Service, worked tirelessly to coordinate the fundraiser with her enthusiastic team of candy wrappers. Delicious Dove chocolates were sold in bags of three and ten, just in time to share the treats with loved ones on Valentine’s Day. X-1X-2

Candy sales raised well over $1200. Thank you to everyone at St. George’s for showing RhodySquash all the love !

Happy Valentine’s Day ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥  everyone !

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Save The Date: Newport Steamer Tournament

a602755cf7c1e53b7523417662f25f63_dp5tThe Newport Steamer is a world class squash tournament that attracts players from around the world. Based on great demand for participation, this summer the Steamer is offering tournament play during two weekends.

On July 10 -12, 2015, the Newport Junior Silver and Adult Open Tournament will be hosted as St. George’s School in the Hoopes Squash Center.

The following weekend, July 17-19, 2015, the Newport Junior Gold Tournament will be  hosted at St. George’s and the Portsmouth Abbey School.

RhodySquashers participate in the Steamer every summer, and this one promises as much excitement as we’ve had in previous years. A portion of the proceeds from the tournament support our organization. We hope you’ll join us whether it’s to play squash, or to see some great squash played!

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United Way of Rhode Island Notifies RhodySquash of deRamel Foundation Grant

United Way Logo  copyThe United Way of Rhode Island just notified RhodySquash that the deRamel Foundation has supported our organization with a generous grant. The mission of RhodySquash aligns closely with that of the United Way, by improving education and educational opportunities, and promoting healthy living.

Thank you to the de Ramel Foundation for continuing to improve the lives of children of Newport County children.

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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!


Thank you RhodySquash parents for preparing goody bags.


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


Team introductions.


High five !




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





Thanks to our referees.



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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