A Successful Summer Camp Season
While unable to gather in person this year, 42 students in rising grades 6-9 enjoyed four weeks of fun and fitness through our virtual Middle School Summer Camp. Combining daily virtual sessions with at-home activities, our creative "summer camp in a box" model focused on the "4 C's" of 21st Century Learning: Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Critical Thinking:
  • Students explored the world of science during STEM week through at-home experiments and keeping a lab journal.
  • During Art Week, they enjoyed a virtual concert from musicians at the Peabody Conservatory and made art inspired by what they heard.
  • In Squash Week, students perfected their 'Squash Player Bio' and practiced squash strategy using the Boast & Drive card game
  • We finished camp with a thrilling Escape-Room-in-a-Box adventure, and a virtual ice cream social thanks to Taharka Brothers Ice Cream, a local business right in our backyard. 

Throughout all four weeks, students practiced daily fitness challenges to keep their bodies as active as their minds! One student said that even though that was the most challenging part of camp, "it really helped [me] get into shape." 

With a 90% daily attendance rate, and 45% of students having perfect attendance throughout camp, everyone was able to bond, learn, and have fun despite our distance. On our Camp Survey, one student expressed "I am proud of the fact that I tried to get out of my comfort zone more," while another reflected that they "saw [their] teammates shine by working hard and not giving up."
SquashWise Middle School Summer Camp was made possible through generous grant funding through the Summer Funding Collaborative, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Inc., and the Fund for Educational Excellence, in collaboration with the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.
SquashWise High School Students: Summer YouthWorks Experiences
Exciting New Fall Programming!
This fall will be filled with different experiences for all of us, but we are all in this together! Here's what we have in store for SquashWise:

  • This fall, we are focusing on connection, health and wellness, outdoor racquet sports, and supporting online learning.
  • Our in-person (outdoor only) and virtual after-school sessions are based on student and parent input, and best practices in public health during COVID-19.
  • Our students will keep their racquet skills sharp by playing pickleball and speedminton, two highly popular, squash-like outdoor sports.
  • Every student will continue receiving individualized guidance and support to stay on-track toward their academic goals.
  • Small-group cohorts will meet regularly online to share social and emotional support.
  • We very much look forward to returning to squash and in-person learning when the time is right.
Alumni Corner
Tayler (SquashWise '15) has graduated from UMBC with a degree in Biology and plans to pursue a career in physical therapy.

Congratulations, Tayler!
Savoy (SquashWise '19) has published an Open Letter: "To Be Black at My University" about the experience of being Black on campus at Loyola University, in Baltimore, and in America. It is poignant and timely. Please take a moment to read and share.
We Rely on Your Support
Our donors make it possible for SquashWise to continue the consistent, caring connection that helps students stay motivated, engaged and working toward their goals with hope and determination during these tough times.

While the pandemic is widening already-deep inequalities in access to education, technology, recreation and social support, SquashWise is working to creatively fill these gaps.

Would you consider a gift to launch us into the school year? We need your support to pivot into new activities like pickleball, speedminton and other outdoor fitness and wellness activities, along with continuing our virtual programs with materials for students to use at home.
A copy of the current financial statement of Baltimore SquashWise, Inc. is available by request to: 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Ste. 103, Baltimore, MD 21211; donations@baltimoresquashwise.org; or by calling 443-682-7126. Documents and information submitted under the Maryland Solicitations Act are also available, for the cost of postage and copies, from the Maryland Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis MD 21401, (410) 974-5534.