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Moses Brown & SquashBusters

SquashBusters Overview Founded in 1996 as the first after-school program of its kind in the United States - combining squash, academics, and community service

SquashBusters builds strong personal character, ensures that students matriculate to and graduate from college, and improves the physical and emotional health of our students

Currently serves 215 middle and high school students in Boston and Lawrence, and 60 alumni enrolled in college. Students are continuously engaged in the program from sixth grade through completion of their senior year in college

SquashBusters has spawned a national urban youth movement. There are now 18 other urban squash and education youth programs serving an additional 1,500 students. Each of them is modeled after SquashBusters.

Moses Brown would be the first private high school in the country to partner with an urban squash program in the development of a squash facility.

SquashBusters – A Strong History ✤

SquashBusters has served 600+ Boston and Lawrence youth since its 1996 start.

99% of program graduates have enrolled in college, 86% to a fouryear school.

The organization staff size has grown from one to 16 full-time employees. Over the past three years, five SquashBusters alumni have worked on staff.

SquashBusters’ 2014-15 operating budget was $1.8M. For all 18 years of the program, annual revenue has exceeded annual expenses.

Some of SquashBusters’ most significant corporate/foundation supporters include John Hancock, Liberty Mutual, MFS, New Balance, State Street, and TripAdvisor.

SquashBusters – The Providence Program v

SquashBusters will have dedicated use of six courts for three hours each evening and during other program periods.


At full capacity SquashBusters will host 100 middle and high school students five days a week, 30 weeks a year, plus summer programs.


SquashBusters purposefully targets at-risk urban youth, only recruiting participants from schools where 85% of students are on free or reduced lunch.


Practices are 3 hours a day – split equally between squash and academics.


SquashBusters will have access to MB classrooms for their academic work.


SquashBusters will also run a robust summer program.

Mission Alignment ✤

SquashBusters' mission 'to nurture and fulfill the potential of urban youth' and Moses Brown’s Quaker values are closely aligned. Both center upon the importance of caring for community and other people, working hard in all facets of life to reach one's highest level of achievement, and conducting oneself with integrity.

Both SquashBusters and Moses Brown embrace, celebrate, and teach these values by engaging students in long-term, supportive, and challenging educational programming. The model of both organizations is academic, athletic, and civic in nature.

Involvement with the SquashBusters program would allow MB a unique opportunity to fulfill its historic mandate to serve diverse and underprivileged communities.

Partnership Benefits Sq u a sh B u st e r s ✤

Squash facility to ensure long-term sustainability in Providence.

High quality mentors, tutors, and coaches (Moses Brown students, faculty, and staff).

On-campus programming inspires SquashBusters students towards educational excellence.

Mo se s Br o wn Sc h o o l ✤

A long-term, systematic impact on 100 underserved middle and high school Providence youth each year; potential enrollment of SquashBuster students at MB.

Consistent, authentic and high quality volunteer opportunities (mentoring, tutoring, coaching) for students and faculty/staff; potential for long-term relationship building between MB and SquashBuster students.

Long-term ongoing investment by the Moses Brown community in the City of Providence.

A new facility that will enhance a competitive squash program for MB students and provide new possibilities for physical education and fitness programs.

The New Squash Facility ✤

Moses Brown provides the land on the MB campus for a 12-court, 16,000 square foot squash facility being jointly designed by MB and SquashBusters, including a doubles court.

SquashBusters will have an office, meeting space, and classrooms.

Men’s and women’s locker rooms and shower facilities.

Moses Brown and SquashBusters will each have year-round rights to the use of six courts. MB and SquashBusters students will interact regularly on the courts and in the classrooms.

The facility will be bordered by Hope Street, the MB Hope Street entrance/access road, the MB property at 255 Hope Street, and MB’s Mann Field.

Construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2017 and will be completed during the 2017-18 school year.

Progress To-Date ✤

Moses Brown and SquashBusters hired LLB Architects (Lerner Ladds Bartels) and New England Construction to build the facility. Plans have been developed and approved by the Boards of each organization.

Targeting a late March 2017 groundbreaking with the goal for the facility to open by the end of 2017/early 2018.

Moses Brown is committed to encouraging public access to the facility. With this in mind, we will be offering community memberships, hosting summer camps, and encouraging tournament play. Details to be developed.

Gara Field, MB’s Director of Global Education, who has deep connections within the Providence school system has begun to work with SquashBusters to identify potential public Providence middle schools partners.

Financial & Fundraising Parameters

v Total Project Cost:

v SquashBusters fundraising: v Moses Brown fundraising:

$7.86 million (including a $1.15 million operating endowment) $4.78 million $1.58 million

v Joint MB/SquashBusters

Community fundraising:

$1.50 million

As of March 7, 2017

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Moses Brown & SquashBusters  

An overview

Moses Brown & SquashBusters  

An overview