Dear SUS Supporter,
Happy almost summer! Normally, the end of the season is a great time to take a step back, reflect, and appreciate everything that happened over the year. That’s all going to have to wait for now. We’ve got too much happening to look back yet!
May was an incredible month of firsts for our program. Our students played in their first ever competitive tournament at the Seattle Athletic Club’s Spring In-House, we organized our first ever college sharing night for students and parents, and we participated in our first ever international book club with students from Bangalore, India as part of a new partnership with UNESCO (our first ever partnership with a global NGO!) I should devote a newsletter to each of these events, where I could fully describe everything we learned, all of the fun we had, and the incredible effort our community made to put them all together. Unfortunately I have to try to squeeze all this into one little page, so get ready for the most action-packed newsletter in the history of SUS. I’d recommend reading this one through to the bottom.
Maybe the coolest thing to come out of all of this is an amazing short video about the night of the international book club. It perfectly captures the spirit of our program and our kids. Check it out here! We owe a huge thanks to Maria Gargiulo and Theo Angell of Michi Pix for volunteering their time and energy to put this all together.
I’d like to sign off with just one end of year reflection. We have had an amazingly successful second season here at SUS, and a lot of that has been thanks to the dedication of one particular volunteer. Ana Martins took it upon herself to volunteer as our Academic Director this year, a position which most urban squash programs have had to pay a staff member for. Ana is all of our kids’ best friend and best influence, she provided the leadership and consistency we needed to get through a hectic fall, and she put together a tutoring program that is getting real results. We would never be where we are today without her hard work and dedication to the kids. Thank you Ana!!
And thank you all as well for your continued support and interest in our program! We can’t do this without you!