Founder, Sydney Soloway, is a junior 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 will be co-captain of both the varsity squash and field hockey teams in her senior year and will be senior class President. This summer she will represent the United States on the junior girls squash team at the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel. 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.
Director of Sewing, Sophie Langlois, is a senior at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She is also an avid squash player and co-captain of 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 a US Squash Scholar Athlete last year. Sophie will attend Colby College next year.
Sophie helped create our ball blanket sewing tutorial on YouTube, preps blankets prior to sewing events (allowing for more efficient sewing during the events), and offers a helping hand to sewing volunteers at our events. Along with dedicating hard work to SquashCares, she also runs her own fashion blog, Salut-Sophie.
Ambassador, Charlotte Bell is a rising 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.
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.