BALTIMORE - Students with the Squashwise Program are studying hard. Squashwise is a youth program that offers academic tutoring and coaching in the sport of Squash.
The program works with several Baltimore City Schools students in sixth to tenth grades.
"We want students to really reach for a goal for themselves. It's a long term program. We want our students to strive for college preparation. We will provide support through high school and college. We want them to see squash as a door opener for their future," said Abby Markoe, Executive Director with Squashwise.
Niani Rogers and Clinton Cook are some of the top players. They are getting ready for the National Urban Squash Individuals Championship.
It's an annual Squash Tournament at Williams College in Massachusetts. Niani and Clinton love the program.
"It has helped me to be more confident. I really wasn't struggling. It helped me when I first entered Squash. I didn't think I could be this good. Right now I am the number one under the girls 13 division," said Niani Rogers, eighth grader at ACE Academy
"Squashwise is a fun program. I really didn't know what to do when I first came here, but when I started playing the sport and they started helping me with my homework, I improved my grades and got more athletic," said Clinton Cook, sixth grader at ACE Academy.
Educators say Squashwise uses the game of Squash to motivate students and open doors for their future, both academically and athletically.
"The partnership gave our students the opportunity to be exposed to something new, but more importantly receiving homework, being able to travel, being able to have an intimate group of students to enjoy sportsmanship and leadership," said Quinhon Goodlowe, Principal of Academy for College and Career Exploration or ACE Academy.
Students are expected to stay in the program through middle and high schools. If you would like to volunteer or donate please log on at http://www.baltimoresquashwise.org.
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