CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Club hosted the 3rd Annual Brick City Cup invitational squash tournament on Saturday. Six teams participated and together raised nearly $45,000 to support the expansion of StreetSquash, Newark’s after school squash and educational programs.

An anonymous donor contributed matching funds for a total of $90,000, the event’s fundraising goal. 

Founded in 2012, StreetSquash Newark is an after-school enrichment program that combines intensive academic support with squash instruction, fitness and nutrition, one-on-one mentoring, community service projects, college preparation and professional development for Newark youth from middle school through college graduation.

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The number of students that the program serves has increased from 28 in 2012 to 52 in 2015. 

“This has been an exciting year of growth,” Leah Brown-Johnson, the program’s executive director, said. “The Brick City Cup was a wonderful show of support for Newark students and the impact we’re having on their lives,” 

Each team participating in the tournament consisted of a squash pro, amateur players and at least one StreetSquash student. “A great day of squash was had by all,” Geoff Mitchell, chairman of StreetSquash Newark and head squash pro at The Chatham Club, said. “Our thanks go to the team captains and donors who came out to support an amazing program that is changing the lives of so many young students in Newark.”

For more information about StreetSquash Newark or to make a donation, please go to www.streetsquash.org