METROsquash - Path to Higher Education
- Award Entered:
Sport Federation or Governing Body of the Year
- Parent Organisation:
- Project Host Nation:
United States, Chicago: Woodlawn, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Washington Park, Bronzeville
- Overview of Project:
METROsquash uses squash as a hook to engage students in academics, fitness, community service, mentoring, and cultural enrichment. In doing so, METROsquash tackles three social issues: Children from predominantly minority neighborhoods in Chicago are overweight at three to four times the national average. With a minimum of three hours per week on the squash court, students show fitness improvements over the course of the year as measured by mile times (average improvement of 2:35) and multi-stage fitness test results (average improvement of one full level). Only 3% of African American and Latino students graduate from college by age 25. METROsquash students spend over four hours per week focusing on homework completion, test prep, and high school and college readiness. College is the ultimate goal. Based on the results of sister organizations around the country, METROsquash is on track to achieve a 100% college acceptance rate in two years with the graduation of its first 12th grade cohort. The Chicago Public Schools school day is 45 minutes shorter than the national average. At METROsquash, students spend an average of 10 hours per week with the program, giving them the additional support they need to make significant strides athletically, academically and personally.