We're Grateful for You!
Given the extraordinary times we are living in, it is comforting to know that we always have our family- our SquashWise family. As we reflect on the last year, we are grateful for all the community members who have stepped forward to offer support as we remain steadfast in our goals to advance equity and opportunity in sports and education. From fitness instructors to tutors, from leaders to entrepreneurs, from students and their parents, and from donors and partner organizations, we are proud of our place in Baltimore.

On Giving Tuesday, and with gratitude for your support throughout this difficult year, please consider a gift on this day of global generosity so that we can continue to adapt with all the twists and turns of 2020 and beyond.
Students Get Creative with 'A Story to Tell'
Students in our creative writing club, A Story to Tell, have been hard at work crafting, polishing, and preparing a story to publish as a collaborative group. The students were given the title, A Story To Tell, and the ending, 'By Winter,' on a blank whiteboard and from there they have constructed an origin story for a female vigilante superhero including a variety of villains and super-villains. Below, enjoy a section of the complex story written by students in Coach Joyce's club. This winter, the club will be looking for artists to bring their story to life using different modalities of art. Stay tuned for A Story To Tell Act II this winter. 
A Successful Speaker Series Week
SquashWise took a break from our regular activities in November for our first-ever Speaker Series Week. On Election Day, we heard from Jay Bond (father of Coach Alexis, pictured together, above, left), a Baltimore native and graduate of Friends School and Johns Hopkins University. He spent over 30 years teaching history and coaching multiple sports at St. Paul's School and Howard County Public Schools. Mr. Bond spoke about the history of the Electoral College, voting rights, and the importance of continuing to advocate for justice and representation.

Theo Jones (above, right), a certified nurse practitioner and the owner of Weekend Whitecoat Concierge, spoke about career paths and his journey in healthcare. Now a clinical faculty member at Walden University, he attended the Sojourner Douglass College of Nursing and Chamberlain University. During this lecture, he talked about how to motivate yourself and apply your knowledge for success. He encouraged our students to find their own paths and follow their interests. 
Our Teammate of the Month:
Ian Newton
Ian Newton is an entrepreneur, IT consultant and squash enthusiast in Baltimore City. He graduated from Arizona State University with honors, earning bachelor’s degrees in music performance and finance. Ian co-founded the Baltimore Spirits Company in 2014 with partners Max Lents and Eli Breitburg-Smith. He has been volunteering once a week with our in-person outdoor racquet sports club alongside Coach Colleen and is a wonderful addition to our team.
In Ian's Words:
"Working with SquashWise students has been amazing! The students exhibited such strong camaraderie right away. Their energy is really electric. I could just tell from the first practice together that this was going to be a great development experience for the students."
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.