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First Annual StreetSquash Newark Jr. Cup Hosted at Pingry
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Team Big Blue.

On May 6, the first annual StreetSquash Newark Jr. Cup was held on the eight squash courts of Pingry's Bugliari Athletics Center. The Cup was a tournament fundraiser to benefit StreetSquash Newark's after-school program, which integrates academic tutoring, mentoring, community service, and, of course, squash. Eight high school and four middle school teams, drawing players from schools across New Jersey, participated in the tournament. One StreetSquash Newark player was assigned to each of the teams. Each team began fundraising several weeks before the event, and, in total, over $40,000 was raised, surpassing the event's initial goal of $30,000.

In addition to two StreetSquash Newark teams and several mixed-school teams, of which Pingry students were a part, two Pingry-only teams—Big Blue (Upper School team) and the Big Blue Bears (Middle School team)—also participated.  

Team Big Blue Bears.

Both The Big Blue Bears and Big Blue won the fundraising awards for the middle school and high school divisions. By reaching out to friends and family members, holding a bake sale at Pingry, and offering squash lessons to Pingry students and faculty—which turned out to be a great success in its own right—Big Blue raised over $7,000 from 77 individual donors, the highest among all participating teams. Big Blue also won the high school division of the event.

For Big Blue's captain, Collin Wen '20, the tournament was a lot more than just a fun day of friendly competition. "We've learned so much about teamwork, and how to plan and execute our various fundraising efforts. The squash lessons were particularly fun and rewarding in that not only did we spread the word about StreetSquash Newark and raise money for them, we also got to promote the sport we all love!"

Big Blue Bears
Evan Wen '23
Nicolas Zarbin '22
Francesca Zarbin '24
Spencer Jahng '23
Isabel Zarbin '24
Eric Zhang '23

Big Blue
Collin Wen '20
Renee Chan '20
Waleed Nisar '20
Jason Lefkort '21
Simon Muller '21

Other participants:
Alex Chiang '20
Charlie Malone '20
Sam Williams '20
Henry Shavel '20
Larry Cook '23
Thomas Cook '27
Stuart Clark '20
Mason Stahl '20
James Raincsuk '23

Photos by Mitchell Pavlak '18

Contact: Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer, adawson@pingry.org