Founder, Sydney Soloway, is a senior at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She is an avid squash player and has played number one on the Dana Hall varsity team for the past two years. Sydney also plays on the Dana Hall varsity field hockey team. She is Co-Captain of both the varsity squash and field hockey teams and is Senior Class Co-President. This past summer, she represented the United States on the junior girls squash team at the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel, winning a gold medal in the team competition. Sydney has been a US Squash Scholar Athlete each of the last two years.
She started SquashCares, a non-profit corporation, in September 2014 of her freshman year, and it was inspired by an article she read about a ball-blanket program in Finland. She has two significantly developmentally disabled first cousins who struggle with hyperactivity and has seen first hand the benefit of weighted ball blankets for autistic and ADHD individuals. She came to the conclusion she wanted to make her own ball blankets to help people with disabilities, and, because there are no squash ball recycling programs in the United States, to keep dead balls out of landfills. The SquashCares equipment collection program was inspired when she noticed how often she and other members of the squash community bought new squash sneakers or rackets when new items were released, but their current gear still retained its useful life. Currently SquashCares donates used squash gear collected from the squash community to SquashBusters, CitySquash, Squash Haven, and the PSA ReBound program. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Sydney at email@example.com.
Ambassador, Sophie Langlois, is a freshman at Colby College. She is a recent graduate from the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She is also an avid squash player and co-captained the Dana Hall varsity team (2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons), holding the number three and four positions during the last two seasons.
Sophie was previously Director of Sewing for SquashCares. In that role she helped to create our ball blanket sewing tutorial, prepared blankets prior to sewing events, and offered a helping hand to sewing volunteers at our events. Now Sophie will take on the role of Ambassador spreading the word about SquashCares among colleges and coordinating ball and equipment collections at the college level. Along with dedicating hard work to SquashCares, she also runs her own fashion blog, Salut-Sophie.
Ambassador, Charlotte Bell is an 8th grader at The Meadowbrook School of Weston. Charlotte is a veteran tournament squash player and was ranked #1 nationally the U13 age group. Charlotte won the US Squash Most Improved Player award for the U15 age group at Nationals in 2017. As a member of Team USA, Charlotte has attended the British Open and Battle of the Border in Canada. Charlotte is co-captain and plays #1 for the Meadowbrook coed team.
Charlotte is an Ambassador for SquashCares. In that role she spreads the word about SquashCares at junior squash tournaments and helps to organize ball and equipment collections at tournaments.
Equipment Collection Coordinator, Caroline Arena is a Junior at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Caroline has played squash since she was 10 years old, competing in tournaments and as a member of Packer’s co-ed Varsity Squash Team. Caroline represented the United States this past summer while playing on the junior girls team (alongside Sydney) at the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel. Caroline won a gold medal in the team competition and a silver medal in the individual competition. Caroline has also played in the Dutch and German Opens and has been a US Squash Scholar Athlete for the past two years.
As Equipment Collection Coordinator at SquashCares, Caroline is responsible for collecting gently used squash gear (for urban squash programs) and squash balls (for ball blankets).
Ball Collection Coordinator, Hope Silva is a sophomore at St. Paul’s School, in Concord, New Hampshire. She has been playing squash since she was eleven years old and has been on a high school varsity team for the past two years. Hope recently competed in the 20th Maccabiah Games for Squash, winning a bronze medal in the team competition, representing a combined United States and Israel team. Also a 2017 US Squash Scholar Athlete, Hope will be responsible for collecting squash balls for the ball blankets.
We are looking for new leaders to join our team. If you are interested, please reach out to Sydney Soloway at firstname.lastname@example.org.