Squash feature on NBC Nightly News

Did you happen to see yesterday’s NBC Nightly News broadcast? The evening’s final segment featured Reyna Pacheco, a graduate of Squash Education Alliance (SEA)’s Access Youth Academy in San Diego.

Born in Mexico, Pacheco moved to the U.S. when she was four years old and in middle school joined Access Youth Academy, a member program of SEA. She went on to attend Columbia University as a Gates Millenium Scholar, played on Columbia’s varsity squash team, and after graduation competed for two years on the professional tour, reaching a world ranking of #61.

In 2018, Pacheco moved to New York City to join Goldman Sachs, where she is now an Associate in Structured Finance. Pacheco continues to play squash, serves on the board of New York’s CitySquash, and remains involved with Access Youth Academy.

Awesome to see squash feature on NBC Nightly News!

Watch now!


University Club Junior Silver

The University Club of Chicago is proud to host a junior silver tournament on January 22 & 23 of 2022. Sign up on ClubLocker!

All 6 courts at the University Club of Chicago will be used dependent on the amount of signups. We are really hoping to start 2022 of with this great junior silver tournament followed by the Windy City Open (WCO Feb 23rd – Mar 2nd). For more information on the WCO visit windycityopen.com

All details and information are available on the tournament page. This includes hotel discount rates, parking, WiFi etc. but please let me know if there is anything else I can help with.

Yoni Ellous – Squash Director
Ellous@ucco.com – 312 324 5765

Yoni Ellous | Squash Director
Ellous@ucco.com | 312.324.5765

University Club of Chicago
76 East Monroe Street | Chicago, IL 60603

LifeTime Vernon Hills Tournament Series December

Every month, LifeTime Vernon Hills hosts open league tournament series. We hope you can make it to the next session! All welcome.

Ask for more information at the Activity Center or contact squash pro Franz Schwerer about any of our squash programs at cell 224 829 1169 or fschwerer@lt.life

Next event is Saturday December 11th. More details below:

Haley Mendez

Haley recently moved to Chicago in 2021 to start business school.

Originally from Brooklyn,  she began playing squash at the Heights Casino. During her junior career she reached a highest national ranking of #1 U19, was consistently ranked top three in her age group, and was a three time National Finalist.  She represented the United States at three Junior World Championships, helping the team to its first ever second place finish during her final appearance in 2011.  She was the winner of US Squash’s DeRoy Sportsmanship Award presented annually to one male and one female ranked junior who has best represented and demonstrated the principles of fair play and sportsmanship during their junior career.  While competing individually she was a four-time letter winner at Packer Collegiate High School and captained the boys’ team during her senior year.

Haley spent her collegiate squash career at Harvard University. During her four years representing the Crimson, she won three National Championships and three Ivy League Titles, earned three Individual All American honors and served as a captain during both her junior and senior years.  Off the court she majored in Human Evolutionary Biology graduating Cum Laude, and received Academic All Ivy honors.

Haley’s playing career was interrupted during her senior year when she suffered a torn ACL followed several months later by a torn meniscus.  While recovery was an arduous journey, her injuries and two resultant knee operations gave her the opportunity to build upon her coaching skills, in both individual, private lessons and school, team practices.

Following this playing hiatus and a successful rehab program, Haley finally embarked upon her professional squash career in the fall of 2016.

In July 2020, Haley did a Virtual Squash Workout for squashers to stay active during COVID lockdowns.

Watch Haley play December 10th in Pro Exhibition & Mixer @ MetroSquash!



POSTPONED Pro Exhibition & Mixer @ MetroSquash

Pro exhibition & mixer is POSTPONED! Stay tuned for opportunity to watch some fantastic exhibition matches & get on court to learn from the pros in 2022!

New date TBD.

All welcome. Registration & vaccination required for adults. Masks required. Bring non marking/indoor shoes. There will be loaner rackets and goggles available.

Sign up on ClubLocker or email illinSquash@gmail.com

Upload proof of vaccination – League/District please enter Illinois Squash.

Free for members & suggested donation to MetroSquash.

Event Postponed
Stay tuned for opportunity to watch some fantastic exhibition matches & get on court to learn from the pros in 2022!


LSF Women’s Mixer Sunday November 14th

With the first women’s mixer being so much fun we want to keep the momentum going and are all set on Sunday November 14th from 11am-1pm.

All welcome, no squash experience needed.

Bring non marking/indoor shoes. There will be loaner rackets and goggles available so please do not let that stop you from joining.

*Proof of vaccination & masks required*

Please complete waiver for Lakeshore

Upload proof of vaccination – League/District please enter Illinois Squash

Very much looking forward to seeing all of you on the court again,

Luis Sanchez | Squash Director

Lakeshore Sports & Fitness
211 N Stetson Ave, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

MetroSquash Saddle and Cycle Club Event

MetroSquash – Back in the Swing of Things – Nov 18 Event!

We are very excited to be back with safe in-person programming this fall! It is a true joy to see our students back in the classrooms and on the squash courts. We thank you for your continued and generous support over these past 18 months. It has helped our team continue to provide essential scholarship support, best-fit high school and post-secondary access, and first class academic, enrichment, and athletic programming.

We look forward to hosting many in-person programming events safely this fall, including try-outs on October 16 and 23. Vaccinated volunteers are welcome to attend in person.

Read more about MetroSquash Evanston in-person programming kick off!

We hope you will join us for our fall event at the Saddle and Cycle Club on Thursday, November 18th from 6-9pm. The event will be held in a beautiful indoor/outdoor space with great food and fun games.

View sponsorship and event details at https://metrosquash.org/cocktail-dinatoire/.  We hope you can join us and help spread the word with colleagues, families and friends.

MetroSquash Evanston is in-person!

In-person programming is finally kicking-off again at MetroSquash Evanston! This past weekend 16 students, staff, and volunteers came together for a squash demo for their newest 6th and 7th graders. For most, it was their first time playing squash and they have all shared how they’re excited to continue improving in the sport during their time at MetroSquash. The fun-filled morning concluded with a tour of the classroom space at the McGaw YMCA where students will participate in tutoring and academic enrichment and a lunch on the terrace of Creative Coworking, where the new MetroSquash office is. To learn more about MetroSquash and for opportunities to get involved visit www.metrosquash.org.

Join us for MetroSquash Saddle and Cycle Club Event November 18th!