With the Arlen Specter US Squash Center set to formally open this October during the U.S. Open, members of Team USA, SquashSmarts and the junior squash community were able to step on court for the first time during a ‘beta-week’ focused on safely providing a pre-opening look, and collecting valuable feedback as preparations are made for the season ahead. US Squash anticipates the Specter Center—located in the heart of Philadelphia's University City and the construction of which was made possible in partnership with Drexel University—will gradually ramp up activity during a pre-opening phase throughout the summer.
"It feels we are reaching the crest of our first hill as the Specter Center construction nears completion," said Ned Edwards, Specter Center Executive Director. "In front of us is the entire array of programming ranging from brand new players to the world's finest—and everyone in between and all together. Now it gets really exciting!"
"I always tell people that I came back to work at SquashSmarts to be there for the next generation of students like my sixth grade self," said Quinetta Bowden, SquashSmarts Academic Director. "To be able to present this group of students with an innovative learning space that they deserve felt like a dream come true. Having been a part of SquashSmarts before we had a dedicated classroom space, we had only dreamed of having a place to call home. I look forward to bringing more alumni and new students into this space and sharing these experiences with them."