Contrary to popular belief,
the "American Dream" isn't actually available to all.
We were all born
into systems that
to keep us where we are.
In Houston, it's 22%.
Of those, 95% did not attain a bachelor's degree.
US Census, 2016
"Urban Squash" is:
... with a
... and an impact
Private High Schools
Mission Squash empowers children from Houston’s underserved communities to activate their true academic and personal potential, and achieve their dream of a college education.
A Houston where all families have equal access to opportunity.
Mission Squash recruits students from Houston’s underserved communities and functions as the pivot point in their life trajectory.
Starting in middle school and extending through college graduation, Mission Squash “Scholars” make a seven year commitment to attend 200 hours of tutoring sessions and practices throughout the school year: after school, at weekends and for much of summer.
Students volunteer in their communities and travel to colleges and cities across the country to study and compete. They receive regular guidance and support from mentors drawn from Houston’s professional community.
The program operates from our purpose-built squash and education facility, built within a public middle school in 2015 in the Houston Heights – the first of its kind in North America. Practice takes place daily, and Scholars enrolled at nearby High Schools are brought to program via the Mission Squash Shuttle.
Four Walls Mean Freedom
Our primary program components are known as the “Four Walls of Freedom”: the four walls of the squash court that appear at first to confine, are later shown to be the catalyst for opportunity.
Equipping to end the achievement gap
Squash and Athletics
Vehicle for discipline, wellness and disruption
Common bonds that nurture personal value
Hand placement in opportunity networks
We equip every child who becomes a Mission Squash Scholar in sixth grade with the tools and networks they need to activate their true academic, physical and personal potential, succeed in high school, and graduate college in four years with a degree of labor-market value.