It was an absolute privilege to host an evening at the gallery last night for an organization very dear to me: Squash Haven, an after-school enrichment program for New Haven youth.
Squash is a fundamental part of my life, which began during my time at Yale, and continues to enhance my daily routine. Every other week like clockwork I go up to Yale to play with my dear friend David Swensen, a man that truly embodies greatness for so many reasons. He and others attended last night’s event to show their support for this wonderful program that transforms the lives of so many young adults. The game of squash acts as a catalyst that helps transform children into model students and members of their communities. And it is working. As the Executive Director Julie Greenwood told the audience, their numbers don’t lie. As a result of her program, more and more of their participants are making the honor roll, winning awards at school, becoming involved in community service and most importantly, matriculating and graduating from four year colleges.
Greenwood's passion is infectious. What she has created is very special, and other inner city areas should adopt her successful strategy.