Could squash help ‘save the youth of our city?’ Shanin Specter and U.S. Squash believe it can


Publish Date:
November 16, 2022
The Philadelphia Inquirer
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The Arlen Specter U.S. Squash Center is producing more than just professional squash in the heart of Philadelphia — there’s a real goal to give back to the community through the sport.

That’s why, in part, Philadelphia City Council created a resolution to rename North 33rd Street as “Squash Way.”

The late U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, the namesake of the center, was an avid squash fan. That is why his son, Shanin Specter, and Drexel University president John Fry came together to make the city the home of squash in America.

Specter feels that the center is giving back to Philadelphia at a time when it is much needed.

“We have one of the most vibrant urban squash programs for youth in the world at the Specter Center in West Philadelphia, combined with the Lenfest Center in North Philadelphia,” Specter told The Inquirer. “This comes at a time when we Philadelphians are desperately trying to save the youth of our city. The Specter Center is a shining light of hope against desperation.”

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