Outdoor Squash

“The steel court plays like a dream,” says Arnie Dratt, President of the PSA Foundation and the pied piper leading local, national, and international squash community and culture builders to make outdoor squash dreams come true in Chicago and beyond.

Arnie flew in from Chicago to test drive the True court in Maspeth, Queens, NYC, and meet with Janet Hanson, Sari Chang, Jeff Anschlowar, and Robert Gibralter. Special thanks to the PSA Foundation for building teams and raising funds to build outdoor squash courts.

Maspeth Squash and @jacobschangarch are working on ‘functional art” – a very special design and build project for Chicago with @bulleyandrews1891 and MetroSquash, University Club of Chicago, LakeShore Sport & Fitness, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Squash Para Todos, Illinois Squash board and city leaders to bring this civic advocacy project dream to life in a very special setting as a ‘Beacon’ for squash outdoors!

Support and donations are appreciated. Donations are tax-deductible.

DONATE TO THE PSA FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT OUTDOOR SQUASH. Accessibility has been a top priority for the future of our sport for some time. Now, with outdoor squash, we have more ideas, possibilities, and opportunities. The PSA Foundation is taking a lead to raise funds and invest in building outdoor courts. A very exciting project is underway in Chicago, a first-of-a-kind outdoor squash attraction that will be accessible to neighbors and international visitors, and a beacon lighting the way for future building projects. Many players have asked how they might help. This is a great way.

Read more on Project Beacon

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Outdoor Squash Coming to Chicago!

2020 Squash Year in Review

Happy new year squashers!

What to say about 2020? Challenging would be understatement. We started off strong, building momentum off solid foundation set in 2019:

  • First ever self-scheduling Illinois State Championships breaking all goals with record 234 sign ups across 16 draws!
  • The University Club of Chicago hosted Windy City Open and 5th annual WCO Women’s Leadership luncheon & panel discussion on excellence regarding women in sport. 

  • Completed enough of the season’s Super League to crown the Blackhawks captained by Milan Kratka as 2019-20 champions.  Consistent performances from Khurram Fazal (10 wins), Rolando Hernandez (8 wins) and Imran Nasir (6 wins) propelled the team to victory.

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High School

  • Independent CPS team for the High School Chicagoland Squash Conference.  The 2019-2020 High School League was formed by: LAB, LFA, LFHS,Metrosquash, LATIN, GEMS, BEACON and the newly formed Independent CPS team.
  • The Final Chicagoland High School Conference tournament was taken/won by a very strong LAB team this season.
  • Chicagoland Squash Conference High School league sent four teams to the Nationals Championship last weekend. First time three teams from the Chicago area that have attended. Teams at High School Nationals were: LAB, LFA, LATIN Girls and LATIN Boys Teams. Great to see for the first time four Chicagoland Conference represented by those many schools.

College

  • University of Chicago once again came out on top against Northwestern University, in the second annual Tin Cup, held at the University Club of Chicago. Finishing the regular season ranked 38th and 47th respectively, both teams then had solid National Championships where they cemented those rankings. UChicago finished the season with a respectable 7 wins and 5 losses, while Northwestern enjoyed a final day victory over University of Michigan to end with a 5-9 record.

We then experienced a March lull with quarantine measures, but quickly adapted in April by offering virtual workouts every week with local and guest pros. We didn’t know what to expect at the outset, but the broader (worldwide many times!) squash community blew us away by the number of people who supported. Dozens of local professionals, PSA world tour stars, and hundreds of participants made this an incredible achievement for Illinois Squash.

We hosted over 25 sessions and raised nearly $65,000 for MetroSquash! Squash specific home workouts ranging from yoga to full body circuit training are available for free on Illinois Squash YouTube channel!

  • We had our first class of summer interns, Kayland Jones and Peter Grissom. Kayland, a rising junior at Spelman College, was responsible for the marketing and design efforts behind the weekly workout series. She also worked on a brand building campaign for Illinois Squash. Peter, a rising first year at Indiana University, took on the challenge of video editing and building out the organization’s YouTube channel. We’d like to extend our gratitude for their hard work and dedication this summer in continuing to grow the organization.

  • Lakeshore Athletics welcomes Moses Durosinmi to the squash program.
    He has joined us as a squash instructor and program coordinator. Moses graduated from The University of Lagos, Nigeria with a degree in Human Kinetics and Health Education. He began playing squash in 2003 and quickly fell in love with the game. His biggest accomplishment as a player was being a #1 ranked junior player in Nigeria. Moses has been ranked #3 in Nigeria and as high as the top 300 players in the world. He was the head squash coach at Kings College in Lagos, Nigeria. Moses has been teaching for over 12 years and currently lives with his wife in Roselle Illinois.

Moses Durosinmi former Nigeria Junior champion

Big thank you to all our members and supporters this past season. Thank you Tim Cox, Tom Kanyock, Aidan Harrison, Julie Monrad, Rich Jones & Ketan Patwardhan for your contributions to the Illinois Squash 2019-2020 board, as well as to Jack Bryant, Huy Doan, Alexandra Dodson, Emilie Kraft, Eigo Okada, Joanne Poon, Luis Sanchez, Franz Schwerer, and Phil Yarrow who will continue to serve on the board for 2021-2022. We’d also like to extend a warm welcome to Jack Krasaeath to the 2021-2022 team!

The Illinois Squash Board is a group of squash enthusiasts who came together because they strive to grow the sport of squash in meaningful and impactful ways throughout the state. Within that love and mission, Illinois Squash recognizes that 2020 has been tough and that squash traditionally is exclusive. 

The IL Squash Board intends to improve the inclusivity of squash because we love this sport and believe all people should have the opportunity and freedom to fully enjoy and take advantage of the sport. 

Squash is one of the most naturally inclusive sports: regardless of your size, appearance, age, gender or sex you can enjoy and play your best.

We are excited for our first event in partnership with MetroSquash Auxiliary board – mark your calendars for Inclusion Town Hall panel discussion January 6th at 6pm with guest speakers moderated by James Dodson.

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Captains Needed!

Hi everyone!
We are starting to plan for summer league and need captains! We want to continue to grow and hoping for at least 6 teams + doubles component.
Interested in captaining or co-captaining?? Email illinSquash@gmail.com to get involved!
Once we have captains set, we will open up sign-ups so keep a look out.
Captain weekly responsibilities include:
– Communicating with team to coordinate player availability
– Creating team line ups
– Entering team scores
– Champion for squash community

2019 Squash Review

We hope you are enjoying the holidays and look forward to bringing in a new decade of squash with you! Before 2020 kicks off, we wanted to take a moment to share some highlights from an action-packed 2019:

2019 brought the PSA World Championships to Chicago—the first professional squash tournament to award a $1 million prize purse. 

      • John Flanigan was awarded the President’s Cup – US Squash’s highest individual award recognizing members of the squash community who have made exceptional, sustained and impactful contributions to the game.
      • Rohini Dey received Windy City Open Women’s Leadership Award – celebrating and promoting influential women squash players and athletes who are leaders in all facets of their professional and athletic lives.
      • Chicago will alternate hosting World Championships and Windy City Open for 10 years! Check out all details for 2020 Windy City Open 

  • Chicago league play has continued to grow!
      • Props to Phil Yarrow who has organized Chicago Super League since 2005!
      • Phil and Franz Schwerer organized first Chicago Super League versus NorthShore League All-Star matches. Chicago won both All-Star match challenges close 5-4. 

    • Chicago Summer league enjoyed a record number of sign ups & added 2 new teams! 
      • Congrats winning team Nick@Nite captained by Jack Bryant! This is Jack’s 4th consecutive win – first two as a player and last two as captain!
      • New captain Eigo Okada & team Purple Reign hands down won the spirit award
      • Another team Purple Reign team member, Michelle Ward was named MVP with 8-2 record – most matches played & won
      • See all the past winners & pictures

    • Four teams competed in annual Howe Cup, women’s team nationals. The Windy City Boasters took home the D division trophy for second consecutive year! 

    • MetroSquash Cup chaired by Jay Beidler & Stephen Fletcher raised over $870k. 
      • This year celebrated the first class of MetroSquash college graduates entering the workforce 
      • Congrats to team William Blair captained by Jackie Moss for winning the 2019 MetroSquash Cup. Not only did they score big in their fundraising efforts, but they also earned bonus points for having the most donors and for securing 8 summer internships for students.
      • More details on the 5th annual MetroSquash Cup at https://www.metrosquash.org/cup/

    • Congrats 2019 Midwest regional champions – Ava Lin (GU15) & Kate Grissom (GU13) 
    • High School Chicagoland Squash Conference saw the addition of new team – Shout out to freshman Jake Weinstein for starting the independent CPS High School team for Jones
    • Welcome new club pros – Jonas Daehler to LifeTime Fitness Vernon Hills & Josh Simmons to University Club of Chicago
    • The Illinois Squash board started reviving state squash activities this year, and the upcoming State Champs is the climax event for the season. We have a record over 235 players entered!
      • Save the date for 2020 Illinois Squash State Championship finals, district awards, and end of season celebration – May 3rd at MetroSquash
      • Keep a lookout for Junior State Championships sign ups and other tournaments! https://illinois.ussquash.com/tournaments/  
  • Please share stories/pictures so we can continue to celebrate our awesome squashers. 

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Summer Squash League

What off season? We play year round!

Summer Squash League is played from mid-May through mid-August. Teams compete Thursday nights at University Club of Chicago, Lakeshore Illinois Center, and MetroSquash. Contact illinSquash@gmail.com for more details or to sign up.

Past Winners & Awards

2019 Winner – Nick@Nite captain Jack Bryant (Adam Gutman, Avery Rosenberg, Avi Mahajan, Daniel Leung, Emma Carter, Felix Willnecker, Ivy Chan, Jack Bryant, Khalil Walker, Katarina Simicakova, Seth Konner)
2019 MVP – Michelle Ward (8-2) for most matches played and won & 2019 Spirit Award – Eigo Okada for making it rain every week – cheering with noisemakers, cow bells, and teammates

2018 Winner – Humble Boast captain Jack Bryant (Emma Carter, Jonathan Bordoli, Khurram Fazal, Matthew Buechler, Paul Lubbers, Paul Janowitz, Pawel Bala, Robert Bird, Rory Deane, Ryan Ranson, Sam Salzman, Zaid Khan)

2018 MVP – Raza Janjua (6-3)

2017 Winner – Team Dig Deep captain Adam Gutman (Edward Frindt, Eleanor Martin, Emma Carter, Francis Perrin, Hojung Kim, Jack Bryant, Joshua Rogers, Matt Wendel, Micah Salafsky, Peter Grissom, Robert Bird)

2017 MVP – Daniel Levine (5-4)

2016 Winners – Team Cystic Fibrosis captain Emilie Kraft (Adam Gutman, Bob Neff, Daniel Levine, David Taylor, Hadi Elwali, Jack Bryant, Michelle Ward, Nader Shoaibi, Senthil Sekar, Tim Cox)

2016 MVPs – Francis Perrin & Nader Shoaibi (6-1)

2015 Winner – Team Irving Park Clinic captain Matthew Wishnoff (Ameer Allaudeen, Steve Betts, Faraz Hussain, Bob Neff, Micah Salafsky)

2015 MVPs – Chris Sweitzer, Emma Haley, Bob Neff (3-1)

2014 Winner – Team Autism Speaks captain Sameer D’costa (Peter Braxton, John Elinger, Paul LaCoursiere, Emily Mennie, Bob Neff)

2014 MVP – Shubham Bansal (6-2)