Our Mission

Our Mission

Mission Squash empowers students from Houston’s under-served communities to unlock and maximize their potential through year-round academic, wellness, and enrichment programs.

Urban Squash Is:

A proven national model

2,500 Urban Squash students enrolled in 25 urban squash programs across the US

With a unique hook

An elite sport serves as a pathway to 150+ prestigious schools and universities

And an impact so deep

$25 million in college scholarships won by Urban Squash students

It changes entire communities

95% of Urban Squash graduates enroll in four-year college degrees

Changing the Game

Mission Squash aims to close the achievement gap for Houston’s under-served students through long-term programming aimed at our goals of college, character, and health. Read more about our programs here.

Our Story

The Pilot | 2011 – 2014

Alistair Barnes founded Mission Squash as a nonprofit in late 2011. He was inspired by a visit to Street Squash, one of the oldest and largest Urban Squash programs, based out of a purpose-built, $10-million facility in Harlem New York.

In 2012 “Mission Squash” began pilot operations in Houston, partnering with Gregory Lincoln Education Center, a public middle school close to Downtown. Programming ran at a private sports club, the Downtown Club at the Met, with a small part-time staff and volunteers.

Breaking New Ground | 2015

Enter a chance meeting with the former principal at Hogg Middle School, a school in the Heights area of Houston with an 81% economically disadvantaged student population and a dusty old auxiliary gym with the correct minimum ceiling height for squash and ample extra space within.

The facility features three international-sized squash courts, a full-capacity academic classroom equipped with a custom-built study station and a small program office. The facility was designed in conjunction with McWil and local designer Gin Designs to ensure optimal utilization of the space with an emphasis on productivity.

Before

Mission Squash presented to the Houston Independent School District Board and received a unanimous vote in favor of building the first ever US urban squash program within public school grounds.

After

international spec squash court

The facility features three international-sized squash courts, a full-capacity academic classroom equipped with a custom-built study station and a small program office. The facility was designed in conjunction with McWil and local designer Gin Designs to ensure optimal utilization of the space with an emphasis on productivity.

SEE OUR IMPACT

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