US Squash has announced a preliminary schedule of national championships, including a full slate of previously postponed 2021 events. The calendar release is an exciting and important milestone in the comeback of the sport from the impacts of the pandemic.

The calendar details which nationals will take place at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center as part of the opening season of activity at the new home of US Squash. Participants will have the opportunity to experience this world-class event venue and reconnect with the broader squash community.
Arlen Specter US Squash Center memberships are now available to the community for purchase at the new official website Located in Philadelphia in the heart of Drexel University’s campus, the Specter Center is the new home of US Squash and the world’s largest community squash center. Members and the public will have access to the Specter Center beginning July 6, 2021.

Olivia Fiechter ascended to a new career-high ranking of world No. 20 this monththe American’s first time in the world’s top twenty. Fiechter displayed the best form of her career recently, reaching her first pair of third round appearances in Platinum-level events. Elsewhere in the rankings, Todd Harrity moved up to world No. 45, and Shahjahan Khan, Faraz Khan and Spencer Lovejoy all reached career highs.

In one of the most intentional investments by a YMCA into squash courts and related youth and adult programming, the Newport County YMCA (NCYMCA) has merged with RhodySquash, an organization serving local youth, welcoming it into the NCYMCA family. The NCYMCA will break ground on a 20,000 square foot expansion and renovation next month, including six singles and one hardball doubles court.

June marks Pride Month around the world and is a time to celebrate LGBTQ+ people and diversity, and continued advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion. Inclusion is one of US Squash’s three core values. US Squash reaffirms its commitment to creating LGBTQ+ inclusive spaces, and pursuit of welcoming people from all walks of life to the U.S. squash community regardless of sexual preference or gender identity.

Qamar Zaman was the original Conjuror, a magical player who a half century ago enthralled audiences around the world. British Open champion, world No.1 and irresistible showman, Zaman is considered perhaps the most deceptive player in squash history. Here Steve Line, the world’s leading squash photographer, gives Zaman the ultimate compliment.

In accordance with the Association By-laws, ARTICLE IV, Section 1, the Association hosts an Annual Meeting of the Members. As previously announced, this year the meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, June 15 at 6pm ET. For the positions available July 1, 2021, two candidates are re-nominations of currently service Directors: Danny Dolan and current Board Chair Soo Venkatesan. The new nominee to serve as a Class 2 Director is Robert Osborne, Jr.

Applications for the 2020-2021 US Squash Scholar Athlete Award are now available, providing high school students the opportunity to be recognized for their academic and athletic accomplishments over the past year. The deadline for applications is July 31, 2021. Applications and eligibility requirements are available here.

The Head Pro sets the standard and serves as a leader to the squash professional instructors and staff-at-large. The Head Pro is an ambassador in a highly visible position and engages with members and guests to ensure an exceptional squash experience at the Specter Center.

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Views From the Arlen Specter US Squash Center
It will be a season of firsts at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center throughout 2021 and 2022. Thanks to CourtTech, the Specter Center welcomed its first drone fly-through, capturing never before seen perspectives of the facility like the one above from the west side looking east.

The Specter Center is planned to open later this year and will feature eighteen singles courts and two hardball doubles courts. The Specter Center will anchor the US Squash Community Affiliate Network and provide broad community access from its location in one of twenty-two federally-designated Promise Zone neighborhoods. The Specter Center will also house the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame, offer world-class high-performance training resources to Team USA athletes, serve as the US Squash national headquarters and operate a Learning & Innovation Center in partnership with SquashSmarts.