The College Squash Association (CSA) is the governing body overseeing all intercollegiate varsity squash in the United States.
"If your ideal scholar-athlete is “the bright and passionate student who embraces excellence both in academics and also in their sport,” you do not have to look farther than the [Brown] squash teams to meet that ideal. Earning the most CSA Scholar-Athlete Awards of any member institution last year – 11 total between both programs – and finishing ranked among the top 15 teams in the country for both genders certainly matches your quotation from the letter to the Brown community. Each program has also won the CSA team sportsmanship award in the last three years (and six times overall), an added testament to the quality of the undergraduates populating your squash teams. These accolades should be celebrated and promoted as the epitome of Ivy League Athletics, not buried as the teams’ varsity status is stripped away.”
SquashBusters is an urban youth development organization that provides middle and high school students with academic tutoring and squash instruction.
US Squash is the national governing body for the sport of squash in the United States. SEA is a network of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and abroad that provide year-round, long-term support to young people who deserve and desire more. Attached is their letter of support for the Brown Varsity squash program, addressed to Brown U. President, Christina Paxson.
In this letter addressed to Brown U. President Christina Paxson, Ivy Squash coaches address their disappointment with the "excellence" initiative, and urge Paxson to reinstate squash as a varsity sport at Brown.
In this letter addressed to Brown U. President Christina Paxson, Arzinia Gill, a Providence public school principal, address their disappointment with the "excellence" initiative. Gill specifically discusses the impacts of the University's decision for kids of their school, 90% who
qualify for free and reduced lunches and many of whom are a part of the SquashBusters program.
The University Club of Boston has long been one of the premier squash hubs in the United States and has served as to promote squash as an inclusive, life-long sport to athletes of all levels. Attached is their letter of support for the Brown Varsity squash program.
- Former world #1 and MIT head coach
- Current American #1 and world #8
- 15x Irish National Champion and former world #3
- Former world squash champion and world #1
- Professional squash player and former Nigerian #1
- Current professional squash player and previous college national champion
- current world #2
- Brown grad '15, squash pro, and Stanford assistant coach
- Current French #1 and world #3
- Current Australian #1 and world #22
- Current professional squash player and U.S. National Champion
- Current world #30
"Coach LeGassick and his teams have been tough competitors and super sports. Their win-loss record does not highlight how tight some of their matches are in the Ivy League. Brown already has a facility and is positioned well to travel around in their conference. This decision needs to be reconsidered and the deep rosters need to be supported. I hope to see Brown recognize their error, especially given the super academic background of the squash athletes in the program."
- Christina Brownell, Squash pro and parent to Harvard and Dartmouth squash players
“As a student athlete on a team unaffected by the so-called “Excellence Initiative,” I find myself straddling an uncomfortable middle ground. While I appreciate that swimming is waiting for me back at Brown, I am weary of resuming business as usual. In my past two years on BWSD, I competed with love and pride to represent my team and Brown. How can I continue to do so in good conscience? How can I represent my university with pride when Brown has made clear that student-athletes are pawns, undeserving of respect, transparency, and human decency? This is the antithesis of excellence.”
- Brown Women’s Swim and Dive Student-Athlete
"Brown Squash has an amazing record of producing great people who play the game the right way and contribute to the sport and all around it in such a positive way. As a coach of players involved in the program it is truly crushing for them and extremely cruel."
- Alex Stait, US National Squash Coach
"Brown squash is loving your teammates so much that you compete in an irreplicable way-- you push yourself to dive, to stretch, to reach, to pull tricks out of yourself that you did not know was possible because it is for the sake of your team. We play from the heart and it shows. Brown squash embodies what Brown athletics should strive for in its athletes for the relentlessness of our spirit."
- Abby Dichter, Women's Squash '22
"In high school, I dreamed of playing college squash at a varsity level. But, I never imagined I would be on a team so loving as Brown’s. The decision to cut our team is incredibly insensitive to our squash family and dissuades current and future high schoolers from joining a family like ours."
- Jacob Good, Men's Squash '22