A+ Squash Community Outreach with Open Hand Atlanta

A+Squash was thrilled to volunteer with Open Hand Atlanta, a foundation that is passionate about building a healthier community by creating access to healthy meals. 

Open Hand has packaged thousands of meals and delivers them daily for those in need across the Atlanta community. A+Squash was excited to participate in this amazing cause and the lessons of empathy and giving as our team hand-delivered meals throughout Atlanta was incredible. Teaching not only the benefit of volunteering, but increasing our foundation as a team by working together throughout the day to ensure more than 50 meals were delivered. 

 

 

A+ Travels to Chattanooga for the First Ever Scenic City Junior Silver Tournament!

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A 5 AM departure time didn't stop us (pictured left bright and early)!
Six of our senior players traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee to compete in the first ever Junior Silver Tournament hosted by Scenic City Squash! It was an exciting day for our players, not only to compete, but to also build camaraderie among teammates and make new bonds with other players and members of the Southeastern Squash community.

Three of our A+ players won their matches, and Kennedie Jackson took home 3rd place in the girls division! Congratulations to all of the players who competed! Thank you to all who made this event possible.

A+ Squash in the Community: Civic Engagement with Trees Atlanta 

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A+ Squash is dedicated to promoting community involvement through volunteering. For our A+ Squash Volunteer Day students worked with Trees Atlanta planting trees at the Rosel Fann Rec Center. This organization works tirelessly to address Atlanta's tree loss and protect the urban forest while promoting conservation and educating on the importance of green spaces.

13 A+ students, 2 staffers and 5 family members planted over 10 trees! Well done Team! A+!

A+ Family Day

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Over 50 people attended the season's first Family Day! With ages ranging from 6 months to 70 years, each one of our students had family members present, some even having over 5 family members coming to support them!

100% Family Participiation is a Measure of the Student and Program success and A+ was proud to see Moms Dads, Uncles, Aunts, Grands, Cousins, Brothers and Sisters hit the courts for a fun day that gave our athletes the chance to show off their skills!  

  A HUGE, A+ Shoutout to all of the parents who helped to make this day a memorable event for our team.   

A+ Squash Hosts Clinics With World Renowned Squash Players 

Nick Matthew

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Nick Matthew, is one of the greatest squash players of all time, having achieved all of the sport’s major honors three times apiece and been ranked World No.1. Renowned for his extraordinary athleticism, strength and fitness, A+ Squash was lucky enough to watch "The Wolf" compete in real life and see some of the best squash in the world.  A+ Squash players were stunned at the level of play and motivated to get back on court and train even harder. What an A+wesome opportunity for our young players! Thank you to Andre and SESRA for sharing the experience with us!

"It was a pleasure to meet the A+ players while I was in Atlanta. They have a ton of potential and clearly love squash. I am looking forward to following their progress"
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Nick Matthew, World Squash Champion


Camilla Tomlinson

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Camilla "Millie" Tomlinson, hails from England as the No. 22 ranked squash player in the world. In 2017, Tomlinson finished runner-up to Nele Gilis in the final of the Irish Open and broke into the world’s top 30 for the first time in the May 2017 World Rankings. With 12 PSA Titles to date, A+ Squash was honored to have Millie instruct our athletes as she focused on building technique and the basics of what makes a competitive squash player.


"I really enjoyed playing with the A+ Squash team, thank you for having me! I was impressed by their work ethic and attitude throughout the session. It was a lot of fun to hit with people who clearly love the game so much!"
- Millie Tomilinson, World Ranked No. 22

Angel Osorio Accepted into The Westminster Schools! 

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A+Squash's own Angel Osorio, is attending one of the Top Ranked High Schools in the Nation, The Westminster Schools and  will tryout for the Westminster Squash Team! Angel joined A+ Squash in 2015, and has worked extremely hard on and off the court earning a spot at this prestigious school. 

"A+ started by showing me the little known sport called squash, which became addicting and helped me make great friends. A+ also exposed me to my current school, Westminster. I fell in love with the school when we began practicing there and knew this was the high school I wanted to be at. With the help of my A+ family, they helped me gain recommendations and great squash skills. All of their support helped with my enrollment. As a student now I try to give back to A+ Squash as much as time permits." - Angel Osorio

A+ Squash in STEM 

Seeing a drone soaring hundreds of feet into the sky, among the birds and trees is always a thrill. But, what mechanics allow it to fly, and what tools do you need to build your own? Those are the questions the A+Scholars answered as they attended, "How To Build A Drone" workshop with the National Society of Black Engineers. A+Squash spent the day assembling dozens of pieces to learn the components of what makes flight in drones possible. It was an exciting opportunity for our scholars to get involved and learn more about careers in engineering related fields. Thank you to the National Society of Black Engineers for inviting A+Squash to be apart of the program! 

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Welcome Back Coach Lynnie!

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A+ Squash is thrilled to welcome back Coach Lynnie Minkowski, as she steps into her new role as the Director of Youth Development. Coach Lynnie is excited to return to A+Squash with a specific focus on each individual students' development on and off court. Lynnie also looks forward to introducing squash to a new team of 5th graders while creating an intense high school program for players transitioning from middle to high school.  


Coach Lynnie will focus on increasing fitness goals, and elevating squash skills across the board while implementing teambuilding, leadership and goal setting strategies for A+ students. While squash is a key component of our programming, Lynnie is dedicated to ensuring the academic success of each student as well and plans to create specific programming for every grade level. Junior Squash is steadily growing in Atlanta and Coach Lynnie is passionate about adding the scholar athletes of A+Squash to that number. Welcome Back! 

CourtTech USA joins the A+ Squash Family

 A+ Squash is excited to announce a new partnership with Atlanta-based squash court builder CourtTech USA. This relationship is poised to be an exciting venture that will help to expand the squash game in the city, making it more accessible to all and an incredible boost for Squash in the Southeast.

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CourtTech USA is the #1 squash court builder in the country. With projects ranging from coast to coast and 40+ courts being built each year, CourtTech is achieving their goal of bringing squash to all one build at a time. The company’s team is comparatively young and full of passion for making squash accessible to all generations and socioeconomic groups. For this reason, when CourtTech found out about Atlanta’s own urban squash program, they immediately reached out.

“Our mission as a court builder is to bring access to the game, one court at a time,” CourtTech USA president Andrew Bailey said. “We believe A+ Squash is accomplishing our same goal, in a part of the country that needs the sport most of all and in the city that matters most to us.”

A+ Squash Executive Director, Telvin Debnam, eagerly welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with CourtTech.

“I am delighted to be working with such dedicated partners as CourtTech. Like us, they are committed to bringing the game of squash to diverse and underserved communities, and A+ Squash is excited about the new possibilities this partnership will bring.”

Armed with the passion for change and the knowledge that squash is scarce in the Southeast, the two organizations are hopeful for what this first-of-its-kind partnership will bring. Where A+ brings the platform, opportunity, and community Atlanta needs to embrace the squash game, CourtTech brings the experience in expanding the sport and the enthusiasm in sharing their connections and expertise. Atlanta can officially keep its eyes open for squash to become a popular sport in the city, as well as an outlet for our city’s youth.

Future goals for this partnership include hosting more events for A+ Squash to show off their talented students, team up in contributing to community service projects, and bringing more squash courts to Atlanta. For more information on CourtTech USA, go to: http://www.courttechusa.com.

Piedmont Driving Club Silver Tournament

In February, A+Squash participated in the Piedmont Driving Club Silver Tournament, with a team of 13 players competing.

"Our players are steadily rising to the occasion and this tournament was proof of how far our squash team has come throughout the years. Students have put in tremendous effort to advance in squash, and they are now comfortable competing with many players who train and take professional lessons regularly. Our team had an impressive run and we had numerous players finish in the Top 8 of their divisions. We are one step closer to picking up our first tournament win." 
              - Rob Wilkins, Squash Coach