Capitol Squash is a newest Urban Squash program developed to teach inner city children the game of squash and promote education in the greater Hartford area. It is the 12th program of its kind nationally.
Capitol Squash held its inaugural fundraising event at Trinity College Wed., Oct. 13. The program consisted of both a silent and live auction and the main attraction, an exhibition match between Peter Nicol and John White, two former world number-1 squash players. Speeches were given by Greg Zaff, the founder of the first Urban Squash program in Boston, Squashbusters; representatives from Capitol Squash; and three graduates of Urban Squash who have benefited from these programs.
Wesleyan's Tanesha Jackson '12 (left side photo), a graduate of City Squash, and Carlos Richardson '12 (right side photo), who attended Squashbusters, both spoke to the attendees about the differences in their lives that being part of an Urban Squash program has made. Richardson spoke of becoming a "better man," and Jackson cited that City Squash gave her the opportunity to branch out of her neighborhood in the Bronx.
In 2009-10, Jackson posted a 14-15 overall record playing mainly at #3 for Wesleyan's 15-14 women's squash squad while Richardson had a 1-2 mark at #9 for the 12-15 men's team.
To visit the web site of Capitol Squash and see photos of Richardson (photo #15) and Jackson (photo #16) addressing the crowd, please click < here >.