US Squash presented Dan Keating the W. Stewart Brauns, Jr. Award—one of the organization’s highest honors—in a ceremony during the 2021 U.S. Open Squash Championships presented by Truist. The W. Stewart Brauns, Jr. Award is given by the US Squash board to a person who has made major administrative, off-the-court contributions to the game of squash.
Daniel J. Keating, III is the executive vice president of Gilbane Building Co. He has been involved in many significant projects, including the Philadelphia Convention Center, a portion of Philadelphia International Airport and played a central role in developing the Arlen Specter US Squash Center. He has made a direct impact on the sport by being involved in the construction of more than 50 squash courts nationwide.
“US Squash had never done anything like it before and halfway through we didn’t know how we were going forward," said Ned Edwards, Specter Center Executive Director. "We met with Dan and he said ‘let me have a look at this.’ He worked with us backwards from the completion date… we had the most trusted confidant to create the Arlen Specter US Squash Center that we could dream of in Dan Keating.”
"I’m very proud of what we did," Keating said. "This building reflects the personality of many people who live the sport, play the sport and enjoy the sport. But in particular Ned Edwards; he was unrelenting in his desire to make the place perfect and that’s the way it is. It’s such a great application of science, fun and sport. It’s hard to explain to anybody who hasn’t played the game, just how much fun it is and the pleasure you get out of being on that court, hitting that ball and being challenged by the people you’re playing against, and then shaking hands at the end of it and creating friendships that last for a lifetime."