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 

A+Squash In The News!

Houston's Mission Squash and Atlanta's A+Squash Make Debut at Team Nationals

Two new programs joined the mix at Urban Teams Nationals this year. Mission Squash in Houston and A+Squash in Atlanta are applying for NUSEA membership, and each sent one team to the national tournament. Thanks to both programs for making the trip to join us! 

Urban Team Nationals was a truly eye-opening experience for myself and our team. This was our first opportunity to see the energy and enthusiasm of so many other kids excited about playing squash. Our trip has enhanced our perspective and focused our efforts to become better squash players.
                                                        - Telvin Debnam, Executive Director of A+Squash
Members of A+Squash's BU15 Team 

Members of A+Squash's BU15 Team 

Mission Squash GU15 Team and Staff 

Mission Squash GU15 Team and Staff 

    -As seen in the Urban Squash Team Nationals Newsletter

2017 MLK Community Service Event

To commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A+Squash hosted our annual MLK Community Service Event. The Civil Rights leader was a champion in the fight against poverty and our mission was to bring the importance of that message to our students.

A+Squash students prepared more than 60 nutritious meals- containing sandwiches, beverages, fruits, and a snack. We then hand delivered them in the metro Atlanta area to a community heavily impacted by poverty and homelessness.

In line with the complete essence and spirit of the MLK holiday, it was equally important to ensure our students engaged in an educational component that celebrates the achievements made by African- American trailblazers.

Our event concluded with a trip to view the film, Hidden Figures, which recounts the triumphs and struggles of three female African-American mathematicians, and their incredible contributions to the NASA Space Race. This film was an inspirational tool used to encourage our students to pursue STEM fields, and show them the importance of pursuing your dreams.

A+ Squash Volunteer Day

A+ Squash is committed to promoting community involvement through volunteering. This December, we partnered with "Trees Atlanta" planting in the Capitol View neighborhood in downtown Atlanta. 

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.


A+ Squash Girls Day 2016

A+ Squash is dedicated to the development and encouragement of the young ladies on our team, which is why we host an annual, "Girl's Day." Squash is a male dominated sport and we have made it our goal to remind our girls that they are fully capable of achieving all of their goals ON and OFF the courts!

It was a phenomenal experience being able to interact and encourage these young girls who are in touch with their Black Girl Magic!
— Kea Westmoreland (Girl's Day Volunteer)

This year, our programming included a "Black Girl Magic" panel that gave our girls the opportunity to meet some incredible women who are movers and shakers in Atlanta. From entrepreneurs, lawyers, business women, authors, doctors, and an Atlanta Hawks cheerleader these ladies inspired the A+ Squash girls to pursue their dreams. With vision boards, squash practice, mock court cases, and team building activities the goal of this day was to empower, encourage and uplift.     

Girl’s Day let me put my kid cap back on! It was fun being around such smart and energetic young girls. They are at the beginning of their journey and I was happy to listen and encourage them to pursue their aspirations.
— Deborah Acio (Girl's Day Volunteer)

We are Growing

In 2014, A+ Squash started off with just 15 students. Over the past year that number has soared as our enrollment is close to our goal of 50 participants with students across Metro Atlanta joining our program. A+ Squash is now proud to welcome 15 new students, from Dunbar Elementary into our hearts and our courts. This thrilling explosion in attendance has also brought us new staff members, and an expansion of our squash programming to 5 days a week. 

We are delighted to have Dunbar join our growing family. Principal, Karen Brown- Collier, is enthusiastic and thrilled to have her students apart of a program that furthers focuses on strengthening students academically, physically, and emotionally. She is committed to students and excited about working with A+ Squash to address the needs of the kids in Mechanicsville and Dunbar Elementary.

First Annual A+ Cup is a Success!

On behalf of the entire A+ Squash community, I want to thank you for helping to make this year’s inaugural A+ Cup a huge event! The event was brilliantly planned, and there was a positive energy radiating throughout the entire tournament. I was able to see some great matches, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I have received great feedback from participants about the progress the kids have made on the squash court, and overall the day was a success.

I would like to thank Erik Granade and Copeland Capital Management for being our Title Sponsor; John Collar and Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle for being our Supporting Sponsor; Jean Marie Bridges for planning, leading, and organizing the A+ Cup with the support of John Collar in its inaugural year. I also would like to thank Ahmed Hamza and the Piedmont Driving Club for hosting us.

Team Bridges won the singles championship. Team Bridges team members are David Bridges, David Rijkers, Ali Syed, and A+ Squash student Angel Osorio. The runners up were Team Boccaccio with team members Jeb Boccaccio, Andre Schnabl, Ashesh Chochki and A+ Squash student McKale Berry. In addition to the squash, there was also a fundraising challenge which was won by Team Collar/DiNuble with $2570.00 collected in A+ contributions in support of their team. The runners up were Team Cronje (Doubles) - $660, Team Singerman (Singles - $870, and Team Post (Doubles) - $1000. We appreciate your investment in the future of Atlanta’s youth and A+ Squash.
 

I look forward to seeing you again next year, and I implore all of you to continue to support A+ Squash through volunteering, mentorship, and providing the needed capital to support our kids in the future. I am challenging everyone to help spread the word about the work we do for the kids. You can learn more about our programming and all that A+ Squash has going on by subscribing to our newsletter and following our progress on Facebook.

Best regards,
Telvin