#UrbanSquash #Cleveland enriches children on court, in classrooms and is beginning a large expansion (video)


CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Senior Noah Lee described the sport of squash like this: "You're in this room. You have this racquet. You hit a ball against a wall to your other player, and then they try to hit it back."

Sounds easy enough, right?

It turns out squash is a challenging sport, one that requires speed, strength, agility, focus, and coordination, to name a few things.

Urban Squash Cleveland is a youth development organization that implements academic support and enrichment opportunities, along with the sport, to create a sustainable path for students.

The five participating Cleveland schools are Urban Community School, the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine at John Hay and the three campuses of E-Prep - Cliffs, Willard and Woodland Hills.

Iago Cornes, the program's executive director, stressed Urban Squash Cleveland isn't a squash program; it's a youth development program that uses squash as a pillar.

Tryouts and practices are held at Cleveland State and Case. Shuttling the students from school to practice is a major challenge, Cornes said.

However, that will soon be a concern of the past, as a groundbreaking ceremony was held in October for the program's new facility being built at Urban Community School, located at West 47th Street and Lorain Avenue.