New Activities for a New School Year!
Our first session of pickleball on a sunny fall day!
It's a new fall and a new look for SquashWise! Our outdoor clubs kicked off this week with beautiful weather and smiling - if masked - faces, and our vibrant virtual programming includes a diverse course catalog of academics, enrichment, fitness, and much-needed social time. We can't tell you enough how awesome it feels to be back together.

After a successful online summer program, we're offering an exciting new hybrid model which allows for in-person athletic programs as well as virtual clubs. We're running outdoor racquet sports like pickleball and crossminton, fitness sessions, and hiking. Pickleball in particular has blossomed in popularity over the course of COVID, with many squash players enjoying how the game allows for outdoor play and social distancing. We look forward to returning to indoor squash when the time is right, but for now, coaches and students are enjoying learning new racquet sports together!

Our dynamic online academic and enrichment programming includes electives like Creative Writing, Student Leadership Council, Social Justice Club, Tutoring and more. Beyond these sessions, every enrolled student will participate in biweekly academic advising and social time with other students and coaches. 'Breakfast Club' and 'Lunch Bunch' offer pure social time for students, which is hugely missing during an all-virtual school schedule. We are thrilled that more than 70 students in grades 6-12 have enrolled in our fall program, including six younger siblings of returning students!

We are so excited to be back together this fall! More than ever before, the support of our donors keeps us moving forward during these challenging times. If you are inspired by our fall program and are in a position to make a contribution, please visit our fall campaign page and help us reach our goal to raise $10,000 to support our new programs. Many thanks to those of you who have already helped keep our momentum going!
Our Alumni Are Making Moves
Picture from our last in-person alumni squash event, pre-COVID!
We are incredibly proud to see our graduates working hard to adapt and push through the challenges created by COVID-19. Our new Alumni Committee is hosting events to help all our graduates stay connected, giving valuable advice to SquashWise leadership, and spotlighting alumni accomplishments:

Distinct Voices for Positive Change

Deon (SquashWise '20) and Savoy (SquashWise '19) are stars in journalism and advocacy. In his first month at Dickinson College, Deon is already writing about politics for the Dickinsonian, and Savoy is using his voice at Loyola University to move his campus forward in anti-racism. Both were recently connected via a SquashWise Board member to a nationally-known media strategist and former NPR correspondent to learn more about careers in journalism.

Internships & Clubs

Maleik (SquashWise '17) began his social work internship working with the unhoused population surrounding McDaniel College. Nijah (SquashWise '20) has joined several clubs at St. Mary's College including the Black Student Union. Keon (SquashWise '20) was accepted into the Student Association Internship Program at Morehouse College.

We applaud all of our alumni, who are following their goals in college, careers, and in the military.
We Rely on Your Support, Now More Than Ever
Our donors make it possible for SquashWise to continue the consistent, caring connection that is so essential during these times. Our innovative fall program brings huge smiles to our faces because we actually get to see each other in person, as well as on the screen!

But new programs come with new expenses. Would you consider a gift to launch us through this changed 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.