Mile High Squash

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Mile High Squash is an after school college access program that was formed in 2008. It helps students with their homework and being fit.

Mile High Squash is an after school college access program that was formed in 2008. It helps students with their homework and being fit. Let me explain what Squash is and no, it’s not about the vegetable. Squash is a fast paced racquet game similar to Racquet Ball. The difference is that Squash is played with a longer racquet and a smaller ball and a smaller court.

I had the privilege to talk to the Mile High Squash Executive Director Eric Eiteljorg who told me about Mile High Squash. He told me that all the participants in the program are from a school named Bryan Webster, a Denver Public School. All of the students range from 11 to 17 year olds and join when they are in 6th grade. They add about 10 kids every year and there are 42 kids in the program. The program is free and the kids spend 9 hours a week playing Squash, doing homework, and doing community service.

 

I also was able to talk to the Governor of Colorado Governor Hickenlooper, who is one of the founders of Mile High Squash. Governor Hickenlooper told me some more about Mile High Squash. He said that Mile High Squash teaches you discipline and that you can do anything if you try. Governor Hickenlooper has been associated with Mile High Squash since it began in 2008. My final question for him was “What advice do you have for kids on homework and sports” and he replied saying “If you work hard and be nice you will do great in life.”

 

The last people I talked to were Mile High Squash kids themselves! Both of the kids I interviewed had been in the program for 5 years and both of their favorite parts about being in the program were making new friends. Cynthia talked about how Mile High Squash helped her with her grades and fitness. Mario also talked about how Mile High Squash benefits him and in addition to grades and fitness Mile High Squash also helped Mario with his English. Mile High Squash is a much benefited program that is helping students excel in school in order to go to college and it is easy to see how this program helps students in school.