On Thursday, May 11th, 166 people attended the SquashDrive Slam Dinner – the organization’s biggest event to date – which included a Doubles Exhibition, Cocktail Party and Dinner/Auction at The University Club of San Francisco. The evening’s festivities, co-hosted by Missy Wyant Smit & Yvo Smit and Lauren & Jamie Ford, raised $240,000. On Saturday, the accompanying SquashDrive Slam Team tournament raised an additional $100,000. 8 teams competed for the Slam Title with the HOTSHOTS, captained by Lancelot L. Minor IV and Alex Kurth, coming out on top and raising over $17,000 as a team. THANK YOU everyone!
Please join us at the 4th Annual SquashDrive Holiday Fundraiser Party for drinks, dancing and holiday cheer!
Thursday, December 8th, 7pm-10pm
The University Club of San Francisco
800 Powell St.
Festive Holiday Attire
Enjoy Open Bar (beer and wine), hors d’oeuvres, music, raffles, a silent auction and more – all to benefit SquashDrive programming.
It’s the time of year to come together and celebrate in the spirit of giving. Come party in the company of your peers as we help support SquashDrive, an urban youth development program for underserved students in the Bay Area.
We hope to see you there!
The SquashDrive Young Professionals Board
Maggie Bouscaren, Preston Comey, Dominic Gaffney, Francesca Gilberti Burke, Alex Kurth, Courtney McLaughlin, Lance Minor, Jesse Pacheco, Devin Richards, Hannah Ward, Ben Warfield and Mabel Xaba
The NetSuite Open Squash Championships returns to San Francisco September 27–October 1 for its fifth year, and we’re thrilled to bring back the annual Corporate Squash Challenge to benefit SquashDrive, a Bay Area urban squash and academic program for at-risk children. Last year’s challenge was a huge success, raising more than $30,000 for the kids.
Our goal is to raise $50,000 once again to help fund our emerging SquashDrive College Prep Program. We’ve been in operation since 2010 and our oldest students, recruited back in 4th grade, are now in 10th grade and looking ahead to college. These high schoolers hope to follow in the footsteps of students from other national urban squash and education programs who’ve seen a 97% college matriculation rate.
And you can help. For $5,000, your company can join several of the top companies in the Bay Area for a friendly squash competition on the glass court in Justin Herman Plaza on September 30 and October1. You—or someone from your company—will compete against three or four other players in a round robin-style tournament in the glass show court on Friday, September 30 from 2:00 to 6:00 PM. The top two players will then face off in a championship match on Saturday, October 1 at 7:00 PM.
Not only will someone from your company have the chance to play on the new state-of-the-art NetSuite Challenge glass court (with plenty of press), but you also will receive one ticket to the Open semifinals and an invitation to be a part of the check presentation ceremony. Want more tickets? $7,500 will get you a playing spot, a four-seat VIP package for the semifinals and finals, and an ad in the Open program.
All money will go directly to SquashDrive, and contributions are tax deductible, except for the value of the goods and services provided.
Who: Top companies in the Bay Area
What: NetSuite Squash Open —Corporate Squash Challenge
Opportunity to play on the all-glass show court
Ticket(s) to the NetSuite Open
Participate in the check presentation ceremony
When: September 30 and October 1
Where: Don Chee Way, South Lawn at Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco
Why: All money will go directly to SquashDrive, to help fund our College Prep program.
Raji, Veronika, and Jayson had a great time checking out campus, making new friends from other programs and playing competitive squash.
Congratulations to Raji for winning the Urban Squash Future Stars Award, which recognizes one 8th grade student from all of NUSEA’s 22 member programs who has outstanding commitment to urban squash and demonstrates commendable effort, character, leadership and integrity!
Congrats to Jayson for placing 4th in the BU13(b) division and to Veronika for playing her hardest throughout her 4 matches, 3 of which went to 5 games.
Lastly, thanks to our hosts, Cynthia, Steve and puppy Clementine, for cheering on our team and providing lots of special treats throughout the weekend!
Saturday, May 21st – Invitational Team Tournament
The Slam is SquashDrive’s major annual fundraiser. This two-day event combines a professional doubles exhibition, dinner and silent auction, and an invitational team tournament. Last year, we raised over $100,000. This year, we are setting our goal even higher and are seeking to raise $200,000 to support SquashDrive program growth in the areas of high school support and college preparation. Please support our efforts by donating at the link below:
SquashDrive is a registered 501(c)3 organization, tax identification number: 27-0719761; contributions of $25 and above are tax deductible and will receive a receipt.
For the 5th year, SquashDrive will be a charity sponsor of the Oakland Running Festival. Runners will participate in the 5k, half-marathon and marathon and volunteers will cheer on and pass out drinks at our mile 25 water stop, all to raise money for SquashDrive and support our community!
Race day is Sunday, March 20th 2016
We’re looking for runners and water station volunteers. Email Jenny: [email protected] for details or to get involved!
Or, support our efforts HERE