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Seattle Urban Squash’s first ever Sox Hop Disco Dance

Dear Members,

You and your friends are cordially invited to a night of Disco Dancing at Seattle Urban Squash’s first ever Sox Hop Disco on November 5th at

8:00 PM. Join us on the basketball courts at Seattle Athletic Club Downtown!

Some of you may have already seen young kids practicing on Squash Courts or huddled together studying intently as you rush past them towards your next gym class. Seattle Urban Squash (SUS), a 501(C)3 Public Charity working in association with our Seattle Athletic Clubs, is providing a comprehensive after school education, athletics, and community service program for kids from low-income families, creating pathways for higher education and a lifetime of opportunities. Kids face numerous challenges at school, but hardships faced by their families at home make it increasingly hard for them, potentially limiting their access to opportunities many of us take for granted. SUS staffers and volunteers work diligently year in and year out with a select group of kids starting from elementary school to help them focus on their studies, hone their game of Squash, and get involved in servicing their communities. In the process, our scholar athletes acquire crucial lifelong skills – commitment, diligence, resilience, integrity, and teamwork. In just the past 3 years since our inception, our students have significantly and consistently increased their reading and math abilities. We have averaged over 98% attendance across

250 hours of practice, community service projects, and field trips annually! As we kick-off our 4th academic year of this innovative and highly successful program, we invite you to join SUS at their informational and fundraising dance party to be held at Seattle Athletic Club Downtown Basketball Court on Saturday, November 5th, 2016 at 8 pm till late. The ticket prices are $30 and include a light buffet dinner, a drink ticket and a formal DJ to get you grooving to good old Sox Hop Disco party tunes (no hard sole or heeled shoes please!).

You will find the registration forms at our reception desks; please reach out to SUS staff directly for more information or sign-up online at

www.seattlesquash.org/events/2016/11/5/sus-soxhopdisco-party. Spread the word, bring your friends, and enjoy the evening for a good cause!

We look forward to seeing you groove with us!If you wish to learn more or volunteer in the Urban Squash program, please check out our website at

http://seattlesquash.org or email us at info@seattlesquash.org.

Seattle Urban Squash, Welcomes Erica Helsel as Executive Director.

Seattle Urban Squash, a youth serving organization in the nonprofit sector since 2013, has announced the selection of Erica Helsel as its new executive director.

“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” reports Spencer Jacobs CEO of Futures Career and Seattle Urban Squash Board Member.  “Erica brings leadership and experience to the SUS programs and a deep sense of commitment to our organization.  She has served nonprofits at all program, fundraising, executive and leadership levels, and has a breadth of perspective and experience.”  Erica has spent approximately 17 years involved in various aspects of non-profit work including education, youth, teen pregnancy, child protection, senior citizens, homelessness, and healthcare. The bulk of her time has been spent in various communities around the world.  She spent a portion of her work life in the United States Marine Corps as an active duty member, spouse, mother, and volunteer prior to joining the nonprofit sector. She and her husband have four children and two grandchildren.

“I look forward to continuing to serve and partner with the area’s youth and nonprofit organizations in this new capacity,” remarks Erica.  “I am dedicated to this sector because it provides vital educational and human services as well as cultural enrichment to our community.  Seattle Urban Squash plays a key role in supporting, developing and uplifting the youth of Seattle and contributing to their quality of education, life, and future.”<<

Seattle Urban Squash is looking for academic volunteers and squash coaching volunteers.  Please contact Erica at erica.helsel@seattlesquash.org

Seattle Urban Squash Benefit Dinner



Friday, June 3rd 2016 at Ray’s Boathouse

This year, you may have noticed some young squash players in bright yellow t-shirts running around the courts or doing schoolwork in our lounge areas. These kids are members of Seattle Urban Squash, our official nonprofit partner. Seattle Urban Squash selects deserving students from underserved backgrounds and gives them access to a free program that combines squash, academic tutoring, and community service to help them succeed in school and in life.
Seattle Urban Squash is powered exclusively through donations by supportive community members such as yourself. They will be holding their annual gala dinner on June 3 at Ray’s Boathouse. This fun event will feature gourmet food, live music, and the chance to party it up with your fellow SAC members for a great cause. Help us support this organization and all that they do by purchasing a ticket today. All members are encouraged to attend and are most welcome.


Ticket purchases and more at:  www.seattlesquash.org/dinner

Or send an email to: info@seattlesquash.org