"When it comes to academics and sports in Philadelphia, the statistics are sobering. Philadelphia is America’s poorest big city, with 1 in 3 kids living in poverty. Philadelphia public and charter schools do not offer organized sports for K-8 students, and the dropout rate for students in grades nine through 12 is a shocking 60 percent. Not shockingly, 40 percent of kids in the city are overweight or obese, 60 percent of kids have no organized physical activity, and heart disease is the leading cause of death for all African-Americans. However, a free nonprofit mentoring program called SquashSmarts has been working to challenge and change those statistics since 2001 by introducing black and Latino preteens to squash."

Published by ESPN's The Undefeated in July 2018.