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SquashBusters Lawrence

  • SquashBusters Lawrence
  • 60 Island St
  • Lawrence, MA 01840
  • 2012

Program Description

SquashBusters is a sports-based after school youth enrichment program located in Boston and Lawrence, Massachusetts. We use the sport of squash, along with academic support and enrichment, community service, and college mentoring, to improve the lives of our youth and expose them to opportunities. Since its inception in 1996, SquashBusters has served more than 600 young people. Through its unique program, SquashBusters transforms the lives of its students and the communities in which they live.

Founded in 1996 by former squash professional Greg Zaff, SquashBusters set out to connect two seemingly different worlds by introducing the sport of squash to young people in urban public schools.

By connecting these worlds, SquashBusters would provide young people with a bridge to college success, broaden their access to opportunities, and improve their health and fitness.

The program was launched with 24 students from Cambridge and Roxbury. For the first seven years, practices took place at the Boston YMCA, the Harvard Club, and Harvard University.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • Other
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants

Demographics

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 60
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

First-Generation

  • More than 75%

Representative
Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Union College (NY)

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 98%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 70%