- RU Summer Camp
- End of Year Party
- 2016 Black and Yellow Matches
The annual Black and Yellow Matches -- pitting the original two Racquet Up partner schools, Schulze Academy and MacDowell/IPA against one other -- took place Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11. On Friday, the B Team took to the NWAC courts to kick off the competition. With a flurry of great matches and hard-fought points, the IPA/UYA team came out on top, edging Schulze 8-6. The following morning, the courts were again buzzing with excitement and the "pop" of balls off the front wall. This, the 6th version of the A Team Black and Yellow Match, was the closest yet. Schulze raced ahead to an early lead with matches at the bottom of the ladder, but MacDowell/IPA stormed back working up the ladder. With the last matches complete, the crowd came to the realization: the match score was tied 10-10. When the game scores were counted, Schulze came out on top, 39-34. For the A Team, the series is now tied 3-3 and the rivalry will continue next June! Thanks to the students, players, parents, and coaches for coming and supporting the students during the tournament.
- Strive for Success Career Fair
- 2016 Double Down
The 4th annual Racquet Up Double Down took place on Saturday, May 7. Players from the Detroit Athletic Club joined with a complement of Racquet Up junior players for a one-day tournament at Northwest Activities Center. Combining a fundraising competition leading up to the tournament, and squash play on Saturday, the event solidified its place as an annual favorite at Racquet Up. And this year, the event soared to new heights, raising over $130,000 to support Racquet Up's summer travel programming, as well as school-year operations.
- Michigan State University Visit
The first full team visit to Michigan State University took place on April 23.
- Motor City Open
With the Motor City Open rolling into town, Racquet Up students had the unique opportunity to engage with professional squash players through both a match viewing and on-court instruction. Thank you to the Birmingham Athletic Club and the Motor City Squash and Education Foundation for allowing Racquet Up students a view of some of the best squash in the world.
- Urban Team Nationals
In January 2016, 10 Racquet Up students traveled to Boston, MA to compete in the annual Urban Squash Team Nationals Tournament. Uniting over 700 urban squash students from over 12 urban squash programs, the Racquet Up boys and girls competed in 5-player teams in the U17 "A" Division. After a tough opening round loss for both teams, they battled back to win their next two. The 2-1 weekend record secured 3rd Place nationally for both teams. In addition to the squash play, students took in Boston cuisine, met professional squash players, talked with college squash coaches and admissions officers, and heard success stories from urban squash graduates.
- Holiday Tournament and Party
An annual event for Racquet Up families, the Holiday Tournament and Party took place in December 2015. The squash competition featured multiple draws to match players to those similar in skill, and the party featured food, prizes, and lots of fun among players, families, volunteers, and staff. Thanks to all the parents who volunteered their time or brought food and beverages to the party.
- Midwest Juniors at Kenyon College
In December 2015, the growing network of urban squash programs in the Midwest again descended on Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. This time, with young programs in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, the competition featured "rising stars" in urban squash. For many Racquet Up students, this was their first major squash trip. They competed against players from around the country, and made friendships that will last for year to come. On top of all that, Racquet Up took home 1st Place in the event!
- Chicago Bronze
- Cincinnati Bronze
- Women's Squash Night
- Kids Empowered Camp
- Kenyon Tournament 2015
- Summer Camp 2015
- RU Connected 2015
- College Tour and Amherst Tournament
- End of the Year Party
- Black and Yellow Match - A Team
The 7th, 8th and 9th grade players face off based on their elementary/middle schools. MacDowell/IPA play in black, Schulze play in yellow.
The Schulze Academy team won the trophy and broke the three year streak of the MacDowell/IPA team.
- 4 Year Honors
What a night! We gathered to celebrate the commitment of the Racquet Up students who have made it through 4 years with the program. The team enjoyed dinner at the Detroit Athletic Club, speeches, videos, and bowling!
- Black and Yellow Match - B Team
The 5th and 6th grade players from MacDowell/IPA and Schulze Academy face off in and exciting day of matches. MacDowell/IPA play in yello, Schulze play in black.
The Schulze Academy team won the trophy for the second year in a row.
- Volunteer Appreciation Night
Racquet Up volunteers and supports gather at Drive Table Tennis Social Club in Downtown Detroit for an evening of celebration.
The work we do wouldn't be possible without all of our amazing volunteers, supporters and partners!
- U of M Dearborn
The B Team visits the University of Michigan Dearborn where they tour the campus and learn about college.
- Heidelburg Project Community Service
The A Team help out during a community clean up day at the Heidelberg Project.
Throughout the day they help with clearing weeds, sprucing up a park, stripping paint from doors, and more. The day was capped off with a barbecue, football and a visit by the ice cream truck.
- Open Mic Night
An evening of student performances.
Students performed a variety of pieces including poems, dance, singing, a short play and more.
- Toronto North American Team Championship
Racquet Up traveled to Toronto to compete in the second annual North American Team Challenge. Two teams of nine players competed (RU black and RU yellow).
Congratulations to the RU Yellow team on finishing 1st place at the tournament!
Special thanks to Born and Raised Detroit for making this trip possible.
- Double Down 2015
The Racquet Up Double Down is a unique fundraising/squash event which brings experienced squash players from the Detroit Athletic Club together with junior squash players from Racquet Up Detroit to compete in a 1-day doubles tournament on Saturday, May 9th. This year we also featured the "Shumaker Singles" component to increase the squash action, and honor long-time volunteer and supporter, Tom Shumaker, whom we lost this year.
The exciting day of squash culminated in the Flanagan Five taking home the win and over $40,000 raised for Racquet Up.
- Metro Squash Silver Tournament
An exciting weekend of squash in Chicago for 19 Racquet Up players. The tournament was the first ever hosted in the new METROsquash facility.
Congratulations to Antoinette (GU13 3rd place), Tionna (GU13 Consolation Winner), Starnish (GU15 3rd place), Armani (GU17 3rd place).
- Spring Break Camp
A week off from school means a full week of Racquet Up for students who attended the first ever Spring Break Camp.
Students continued squash and academics throughout the week in addition to doing enrichment activities and going on an exciting field trip to the Downtown YMCA for rock climbing, basketball and, of course, more squash.
- Pistons Game
Student with the highest P4 in the month of March earned the opportunity to go to the Pistons game on March 31st.
Students earn P4 for each practice at which they are present, punctual, prepared and performing.
Thank you to Palace Sports and Entertainment for making this trip possible!
- Battle Of The Border
A team of players from Urban Squash Toronto visited Detroit for an exciting weekend of squash!
The weekend began with a team tournament between the US and Canadian teams. In the afternoon, players competed in an individual tournament.
Congratulations to Racquet Up Detroit for keeping the team trophy on the American side of the border!
- Arts and Scraps - B Team
The Racquet Up B Team volunteered at Arts and Scraps where they created unique art pieces from recycled materials to be shared and displayed by Arts and Scraps.
- EMU Tour - A Team
The A team visited Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. We had a great morning learning about the university, taking a tour of campus and eating lunch in the dining hall!
- Dayton Bronze
Racquet Up traveled to Dayton, Ohio for the first time ever to compete in the Dayton Bronze tournament.
Our players had a great weekend with Antwan finishing 2nd in the BU15 and Jaz'mene finishing 2nd in the GU15 divisions.
We also enjoyed taking Armani, one of our Best Path mentors, along as an assistant coach for this tournament.
- Library Launch
March 13th was an exciting day at practice for the B Team:
Armani and Starnisha, two of our Best Path mentors, planned and led the squash session.
The much awaited library (for which students had selected, labeled and shelved books during Winter Whiz camp) opened for the first time and students were invited to check out books for at home reading.
Many thanks to Susan Florio-Ruane and Tom Ruane for all of their help with building and developing the library!
- Winter Whiz Camp
When school is out for a week, the Racquet Up students are invited for a week of squash, academics and enrichment.
The students who attended this year's Winter Whiz camp had a great week of activities including a field trip to Toledo where they visited the Imagination Station and played squash at the Toledo Club.
- Guest Book Talk
Racquet Up was honored to have Joe O'Connor and Henry Payne visit Racquet Up to share their picture book, "Where Did Daddy's Hair Go?"
The students loved seeing Mr. Payne create illustrations on the spot and getting a signed copy of the book. They also loved seeing Ms. Rosemary, their squash coach and Mr. O'Connor's daughter, have a cameo role in the story.
- Motor City Open Viewing and Clinic
Racquet Up players loved attending the 2015 Motor City Open where they watched a professional squash match. Another group of students had the opportunity to play with the Pros during the junior clinic.
Many thanks to the Birmingham Athletic Club and the Motor City Open Committee for including Racquet Up in these exciting events.
- B Team Bag Ceremony
Racquet Up B Team members who have been a part of the team for one full year have earned the opportunity and responsibility to keep their own squash equipment and each received a squash bag to honor their commitment to the team.
Congratulations to our B Team students for completing a full year of programming with Racquet Up!
- Urban Team Nationals - NYC
Three teams of Racquet Up players traveled to New York City to compete in the Urban Team Nationals tournament.
Our players had a great time seeing NYC, playing great matches and celebrating the 20th anniversary of Urban Squash (since the founding of SquashBusters).
Congratulations to our GU17 Team (Armani, Starnisha, Samantha, Cortnee, and Demia) and BU17 (Edward, Quran, Aaron, Anthony, Tre'Vonnte) for finishing 3rd in their divisions.
- Cincinnati Bronze
- Midwest Urban Squash Championship at Kenyon College
Racquet Up took our largest group ever to compete in the Midwest Urban Squash Championship at Kenyon College. 38 players competed and our results speak for themselves.
6 Players took home trophies:
Aaron - BU15 Winner
Quran - BU15 3rd Place
Armani - GU15 3rd Place
Antoinette - GU13 Finalist
Antwan - BU13 3rd Place
Charlie - BU13 Consolation Winner
- Summer Camp
We had a great time at this 2 week summer camp. Focusing on the theme "The Next Big Thing" all of the participants learned about financial literacy and planned the next big thing (either a business plan or board game).
We also played a lot of squash, did book club, practiced math and economics, went on field trips, played games and had fun!
- 8th Grade Promotion Ceremonies
We are very proud of all of our 8th grade students who will begin high school in fall!
- Urban Individual Nationals at Williams College
Racquet Up took 16 students to Williams College in Massachusetts to compete in the Urban Individual Nationals Tournament.
We were excited to take our first group of 2025 team students on the trip. Congratulations to Tionna, Karmari, Antoinette, JahMichael and Zai'Viaughn for participating in their first US Squash sanctioned tournament.
We are extremely proud of J'aMonte who was the finalist in the BU15 Writing Division of the Academic Contest.
Our team played well and we are extremely proud of Alonte who was the finalist in the BU25 B Division.
- Year End Party
Racquet Up celebrated the year with an evening of awards and a huge pot-luck dinner.
- Black and Yellow Match - 2022
It was heated competition in the Black and Yellow Match for the 2022 team. The IPA won the match for the third year in a row. Our rookies competed in the Rookie Cup, where the Schulze players were victorious.
- Black and Yellow Match - 2025
The 2025 team (fifth graders) competed in their first Black and Yellow Match, where the Schulze and IPA teams go head to head in a team tournament.
This year the Schulze team won the very close tournament.
- Team Trips
We ended the year with a fun Team Trip for each team. The 2025 team (fifth graders) went to Bounce House where they had a great time bouncing and playing video games. The 2022 team (7th and 8th graders) went to Sport'n'Fun where they did go-carting, putt-putt golf, batting cages and video games and then spent some time at a nearby park hanging out and playing basketball. We all had so much fun!
- Racquet Up Double Down
8 Racquet Up players were paired with 8 community players in this year's Double Down. This was a great event in which teams of two (a community player and a RU student player) competed in a doubles tournament. Congratulations to Jason Currie and Quran for their win.
- Arts and Scraps
Over the course of the semester all of our Racquet Up groups volunteered at Arts & Scraps where they packaged recycled art supplies.
- Cleveland Match - 2025 Team
The fifth grade team went on their first out of town trip for squash, travelling on a day trip to Cleveland where they competed against players from Urban Squash Cleveland.
- Open Mic Night
For our 3rd annual Open Mic Night we had more participants than ever doing a wide variety of acts including spoken word, magic, dance, singing and even a short play. Great work to all of our students who participated!
- Pro Squash Tour
Racquet Up was invited to view a match of the Pro Squash Tour played at the DAC, as well as to play with the Pros during a junior clinic.
- Toronto - North American Urban Team Competition
For our first international over-night tournament we traveled to Toronto for an event hosted by Urban Squash Toronto. On the drive we stopped to visit Niagara Falls and also visited the Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto during the tournament. It was a great event, with Racquet Up's two 9-player teams finishing in 2nd and 3rd place.
- Camiener Junior Open
Racquet Up was proud to host our first open tournament this year. We welcomed players from across Southeast Michigan and from Windsor to compete in this one day tournament in honor and memory of Jeff Camiener.
- Pistons Game
Racquet Up's 2025 Team went on their first team trip of the year. We had a great time at the game thanks to tickets donated by Palace Sports & Entertainment and superstar Josh Smith.
- Marygrove College Tour
2025 Team goes on their first college visit to Marygrove College where they see the campus and learn about college life and options.
- SVS Vision Eye Exams
SVS Vision brought a team of ophthalmologists to Racquet Up to do eye exams on all students and to give out free pairs of glasses and eye guards. Thank you to SVS Vision for their generosity.
- Project Healthy Schools Workshop
Many thanks to Alison and Melanie for all of the great information and recipes for healthy eating.
- Cleveland Silver
- Metro Squash Bronze in Chicago
- Michigan State University Visit
During Winter Whiz camp, students went on a tour of MSU.
- METROsquash Junior Silver in Chicago
Racquet Up took 19 players to participate in the METROsquash Junior Silver tournament. We are extremely proud of all of our players and especially Armani who won the GU15 Division. This was the first time that a Racquet Up player won a Silver tournament.
- Jazz Concert in Palmer Woods
Members of the 2025 IPA Team (fifth graders) enjoyed a jazz concert in a historic Palmer Woods home.
- Urban Team Nationals in Philadelphia
Racquet Up took GU15 and BU15 teams of 5 to the Urban Team Nationals tournament in Philadelphia. The teams played hard and performed well. The boys team took 2nd place and the girls finished in 5th. Congratulations to both teams!
- Motor City Open Clinic
Racquet Up Students participate in a squash clinic where they have the opportunity to play with Pros competing in the Motor City Open.
- Womans Squash Day
- First Week Of Practice
- Kick Off BBQ
- Schulze Volunteer at Forgotten Harvest
Continuing the team's commitment to community service, the IPA team volunteered at Forgotten Harvest where they repackaged beef jerky into family size portions.
- Holiday Party and Tournament
32 students participated in the annual Holiday Tournament on December 13-14. All of the students played with a lot of energy and demonstrated great sportsmanship. We are so proud of all of our players!
We also celebrated the holidays with family and friends at our annual holiday party.
- METROSquash Chicago Style Open 2013
Racquet Up took 18 students to the Chicago-Style Bronze tournament hosted by METROSquash in Chicago.
We had a great time and the kids played excellently. Congratulations to Sheina and Antwan for competing in their first US Squash tournament and the following students for their noteworthy results.
- Armani - 1st place GU15 Main Draw
- Samantha - 2nd place GU15 Main Draw
- Edward - 2nd place BU15 Main Draw
- Tre'Vonnte - BU13 Consolation Winner
- Maia - GU15 Consolation Winner
- U of M Dearborn College Visit
Racquet Up students learned about another college option in Michigan. They had a great time touring the U of M Dearborn campus and learning about the university's academic and extracurricular opportunities.
- Cleveland Rock'N'Roll Silver Tournament 2013
Racquet Up took 14 students to Cleveland where they competed in the Rock'N'Roll Silver tournament. The students had a great time and played very well.
Noteworthy results include:
- Armani - 1st place in the GU15 Main Draw
- Maia - consolation winner in the GU15
- Aaron - 2nd place in BU15 Consolation
- IPA Volunteer at Forgotten Harvest
Continuing the team's commitment to community service, the IPA team volunteered at Forgotten Harvest where they repackaged beef jerky into family size portions.
- DeRoy Junior Silver Tournament 2013
18 Racquet Up students competed in the DeRoy Junior Silver Tournament at the Birmingham Athletic Club.
- Urban Squad in Philadelphia
Aaron and Starnisha earned the opportunity to participate in NUSEA's Urban Squads. They spent 3 days doing intensive squash training. They also watched a few matches at the U.S. Open and met World Number 1 female player Nicol David.
Emma also participated in the squad as a squash coach.
- Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
Team Racquet Up participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on October 12th.
The team raised over $500 to support the cause and showed their support and awareness by participating in the 3 mile walk.
- Picnic at Emma's House
Ms. Emma and her family invited the Racquet Up team for a picnic at their home in Milford, MI. The students had a great time playing on the bouncy castle, playing Just Dance and having a barbecue lunch.
- Women's Squash Week Event 2013
Racquet Up Detroit participated in Women's Squash Week, a week of squash events for female players throughout the US and Canada.
On Saturday, September 28th, 34 women and girls ranging from beginner to experienced players spent an afternoon on the squash courts at the Northwest Activities Center.
- Kenyon College Trip 2013
Racquet Up traveled with 37 students and staff to the Midwest Urban Squash Championships at Kenyon College, July 26-28 and enjoyed a little relief from city life in rural Gambier, Ohio.
- RU Connected 2013
Photos from the RU Connected 2013 summer technology and literacy camp.
- Williams College Trip 2013
Our annual journey to Western Massachusetts for the National Urban Squash Championships was a blast again this year!
- Second Annual RUD Book Fair
All students took home at least 6 free books to start a summer reading library. Designed to combat the "summer slide" in reading, students will start to gather at the NWAC for book club discussions, literacy activities, and earn prizes for their summer accomplishments. Thanks to Kiwanis Club Detroit and RU friends for making this possible.
- Black & Yellow Match
The MacDowell team earned the B&Y Trophy for the second year in a row! In a close team match, the top of the ladder secured a 12-10 victory for MacDowell.
A highlight of the day was each team's cheer, led by newly elected Team Captains. The squash courts at NWAC were electric all day after an energetic start!
Congrats to all the players for a great day, and a big thanks to all the friends and family that came to support.
- Year-End Fun Day
For this year's final Saturday, RU trekked to Royal Oak for our annual team outing.
First, we were awed by "After Earth" at the movie theater. We went outside on the beautiful day, and walked to Cold Stone for some ice cream. Finally, we hopped in the vehicles and headed to a local park for football, soccer, frisbee, and basketball. It was a great day to end another successful season at Racquet Up.
Thanks to all our volunteer chaperones and drivers for making the day possible.
- Pro Squash Tour at the Detroit Athletic Club
Catch up with Racquet Up Detroit's latest events! Students watched matches and played with the pros during the PST's annual stop in Detroit.
- Detroit Rescue Mission Ministry: Community Service
Monday, April 29, Racquet Up students loaded up the Racquet Up bus to head downtown. At the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministry, students organized food in the pantry, and helped serve dinner to the needy. Students, after organizing shelves of cans and boxes of pasta, left with great attitude and energy from a great day of work. Thanks to Brian and Zach for organizing the trip.
- Battle of the Border 2013
An amazing contest between 22 players from Racquet Up Detroit (representing USA) and Team Canada. Racquet Up prevailed after a hard-fought round of matches with a final tally of 15-7. Big thanks to our Canadian friends for making the journey across the border for this inspiring event!
- Family Resource Fair
On Saturday, April 20, Racquet Up families gathered at the Northwest Activities Center for the second annual Family Resource Fair. Families received information on local high school options, job opportunities through the Salvation Army, and affordable housing from Creative Housing Solutions. Thanks to all the service providers for attending, and a big thank you to the event coordinator, Jasmine Williams. Thanks for all your hard work!
- Alvin Ailey
For the second year running, Racquet Up Detroit generously received tickets to see the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater at the Detroit Opera House. This year, since MacDowell students attended last year, Schulze students were able to watch the incredible performance. Dressed in their finest clothes, students experienced a night of downtown Detroit with a group of their closest friends and family members.
- Henry Ford Community College Tour
On a day off from school last month, we stayed busy with Racquet Up students at Schulze Academy. RU took the opportunity to tour Henry Ford Community College. We started in the computer lab, walked through campus, and ended with a delicious lunch in the dining hall. Thanks to all our tour guides, and especially to Racquet Up parent Tiauna Jackson, a current student at HFCC!
- METROsquash Bronze Junior Open
On Friday, March 8, the Racquet Up bus pulled out of the parking lot at the Northwest Activities. Loaded with squash gear, sleeping bags, and snacks for twelve students, we headed to the University Club of Chicago.
Racquet Up students represented Detroit well in tournament play at the METROsquash Bronze Junior Open. Starnisha Ramsey was a finalist in the Girls U13 Main Draw. Quran Davis, on the boys side, reached the semifinals of the U15 Consolation Draw.
In between playing as many as 5 matches over the weekend, students explored the Art Institute of Chicago, local restaurants, and made friends with players from Chicago and Cleveland.
- Creative Creations
Before February vacation, students completed their projects for our third Unit, Humor. They wrote and recorded sketches, created joke books, and illustrated cartoons. Look for their work to appear soon!
Over the vacation week, Schulze students explored art and literacy during a week-long camp. Each day, students encountered a new form of art, including acting, cooking, music creation, digital art, and sculpture. In the afternoon, students spent time reading and participating in writing games. Check out their work!
- Palmer Woods Music in Homes
On Saturday, February 16, Racquet Up students traded shorts and yellow t-shirts for skirts and dress pants. They piled in the bus and headed to a nearby home in Palmer Woods.
For the second year in a row, our students experienced a new style of music in a local setting. This year, students also had the opportunity to interact and ask questions of the performing musicians.
Thanks to all who made this event possible.
- 2013 Urban Team Nationals: Boston, MA
Highlights from the Racquet Up Detroit trip to Boston, MA for competition in 2013 Urban Team Nationals.
- Schulze Academy @ Windsor Squash & Fitness
On Wednesday, December 19, Schulze Academy team members packed the bus with birth certificates and squash gear. A continuation of our recent trips to Windsor, students played matches against a group of Windsor juniors. After 2 hours of playing, we headed to Subway for dinner, then back across the river to Detroit. For many students, it was their first international travel! Thanks to the Windsor Squash & Fitness Club for hosting us.
- Schulze Academy @ Oakland University
On Monday, December 17 Schulze Academy team members visited Oakland University. Kicking off the 2012-2013 year college exposure program, students saw Oakland University dorm rooms, recreation centers, and classroom locations. Thanks to the tour guides and admissions staff at Oakland University for hosting us.
- Holiday Tournament, December 14-15 2012
Racquet Up's Annual Holiday Tournament & Party took place Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15. With great squash play, good food, and lots of support from families and volunteers, the event thrilled participants all weekend.
- IPA Team Trip: Oakland University
MacDowell team Racquet Up students piled in the bus for a campus tour at Oakland University last week. Students toured the beautiful campus at OU, including the gym, dorm room, and classroom space. Students left with a Grizzly poster and impressions from a new college visit. Thanks to Oakland University for hosting us.
- RUD Goes INT'L
The first ever international trip for Racquet Up Detroit!
The International Preparatory Academy at MacDowell (IPA) team journeyed to Windsor, Ontario, Canada to take on Windsor juniors at the Squash & Fitness club. With a quick round of introductions and almost 30 eager players, both teams had a night filled with competitive squash!
- METROsquash Chicago Style Open
Just 4 weeks into the Racquet Up season, and we're already exploring new cities and competing in tournaments! For the first time, Racquet Up Detroit players and coaches piled in the bus to compete at a Bronze tournament in Chicago. Hosted by our friends at METROsquash, the weekend was filled with competitive squash, delicious deep-dish pizza, and out-of-town fun. Thanks to METROsquash for hosting us; we will see you soon!
- Summer Camp 2012
What else have you done this summer?
For our Racquet Up youth, they spent the last two weeks in July at our intensive summer camp. On a daily basis the students played on the squash courts with student counselors from other urban squash programs, read a wide selection of donated books, competed in team Olympic games, learned about nutrition from with workshops from Project Healthy Schools, and enjoyed the spirit of being together at the Northwest Activities Center.
Highlights of the 2 week summer camp include: squash instruction from current college squash players and urban squash alumni, field trips to Detroit's Eastern Market and a local community garden, and a writing workshop with a local spoken word and hip-hop performer.
- RU Connected?
What have you done this summer?
Well, for a group of Racquet Up students, they spent a week online creating websites, photo editing, sending email, and chatting on Skype.
Early last month, 7 students joined RU volunteer, Michigan State University doctoral student, and tech expert Paul Morsink for a week-long computer camp. The camp centered on two main projects: a personal site where students collected pictures and information about their interests, and a service project website where students created a teaching website for peers.
With continued work on the websites, the students will soon be ready to share their personal creations and teaching websites with friends and family. Check back soon for student-created features on reading instruction, cooking information, and beginner squash lessons!
- Black & Yellow Championship 2012
Saturday, June 9 marked the last Saturday practice for the 2011-2012 school year.
This Saturday was unlike any other. Students gathered in the hallway, MacDowell wearing yellow, Shulze sporting black. You could hear the talk - When do you play? Who do you think will win? and Do your best today! The students, encouraged by volunteers and families, geared up for the second annual Schulze v. MacDowell match.
With players taking to the courts, parents and friends supporting from above, and students demonstrating outstanding effort and spirit, the event lived up to its year-long hype.
In the end, MacDowell Elementary walked away with the trophy, winning 9 of the 15 matches. Kortinie Rollins won 2 matches for the MacDowell squad, while Kevin Price, Edward Brown, and Anthony Holmes took the final 3 matches to ensure the victory.
The day was marked by student energy and enthusiasm at the tournament. With the overall record at 1-1, next year's match will be a blockbuster event.
- Family Resource Fair
Wow! Let's review this past weekend, May 18-19.
Friday night: Families at the Northwest
Saturday morning: Families at the Northwest
It was a doubleheader weekend for Racquet Up Detroit, with our Open Mic Night on Friday and a family resource fair on Saturday.
Saturday morning, local service providers, in the education, health, wellness, and legal fields, came to provide information and advice to our families. Families enjoyed massages from the spa, learned about summer camp opportunities, and eagerly awaited a collection of raffle prizes. Little siblings and family members could learn the game of squash from our volunteer coaches. Thanks to our RU families for their commitment to RU events!
A special highlight of the resource fair was the Nutrition Task Force, a parent-led RU group that promotes health and wellness among RU families. On Saturday, the Task Force offered a label reading session, food samples, and free recipes. The Task Force display was never without a captive audience! Thanks to our parents on the Task Force for working hard to make Saturday a success.
- Open Mic Night, May 18 2012
Months of writing.
Weeks of preparation.
One exciting night.
On May 18, Racquet Up students took the stage at the NWAC Theater. They read poems and stories, danced, rapped, and showcased artwork. It was a full night of creative expression from our talented students.
Thanks to all our families and friends that supported our students. And congratulations to our performers! They did a wonderful job, and we're already planning for next year's Open Mic Night!
- RUD and BAC at Camiener Cup
On April 28, Racquet Up players joined Birmingham Athletic Club's junior players for a squash tournament to honor the life of Jeff Camiener. As a founding board member of Racquet Up Detroit and a member at the BAC, Jeff linked and supported two incredible groups of people.
At the first annual Camiener Cup, BAC and RUD players joined together to play on teams. Coming together as teammates and players was fitting format to an event honor Jeff's legacy. After a full day of squash matches for each of the six teams, a winner was crowned.
In addition, at a reception event after the tournament, RUD students were honored for summer scholarships for them to attend summer camps. These scholarships were made possible by the outpouring of support after Jeff's passing. Now a select group of RUD students will travel to Ohio or New York City for squash camp, or head right into Downtown Detroit for art camp at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
It was an incredible day of squash, sportsmanship, and friendship. Thank you to all who planned the incredible day, and to the families and players for supporting a wonderful event.
- Schulze Tree Planting: Round 2
For the second consecutive year, Racquet Up Detroit students volunteered to plant trees with the Greening of Detroit. In a few hours of hard work, students dug a hole, rolled in a tree, gave it some woodchips and water, and made a visible impact in their local neighborhood. Racquet Up students left excited and eager to take on more community service projects. A big thanks goes to our volunteers Katie, Zach, and Susan who made the day a success.
- RU at 2012 Motor City Open
For the second consecutive year, Racquet Up Detroit was a presence at the Birmingham Athletic Club for the Motor City Open. Selected students from the Olympics-winning teams had a special dinner and watched pro matches Friday evening. On Saturday morning, our squash players flooded the courts for a squash clinic with pros.
- Urban Squash Team Nationals, New York City
A group of 10 Racquet Up students had an incredible weekend experience in New York City. Picked because of their performance and dedication to Racquet Up, the students competed in the Urban Squash Team Nationals tournament. After the matches finished, the girls placed 3rd and the boys 7th. In between matches, bright yellow Racquet Up shirts were seen visiting Times Square, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Empire State Building. Congratulations to all the students for an excellent performance on and off the courts!
Special thanks to the Born and Raised Detroit Foundation for sponsoring the Racquet Up Detroit trip.
- 2011 Holiday Tournament and Party
On Friday, December 9, Racquet Up students gathered at the Northwest Activities Center to kick off the first annual holiday tournament. The incredible playing was capped by a delicious dinner provided by our friends at Conway Mackenzie. On Saturday, players returned and finished the tournament. Congratulations to all the students and thanks to all the family members who came to support Racquet Up.
- Cleveland Open 2011
18 Racquet Up students and 3 staff ventured across the Ohio Turnpike to test our skills at the Cleveland Open--an incredible experience all around.
- DeRoy Junior Squash Tournament 2011
Fourteen Racquet Up Detroiters journeyed to the Birmingham Athletic Club, October 28-30, 2011, for the DeRoy Junior Squash Tournament. What a weekend!
- MacDowell Elementary: University of Detroit Mercy Tour
On a late October afternoon, MacDowell students visited the campus at nearby University of Detroit Mercy. We asked questions about college, squeezed 15 people in a dorm room, visited the library, and watched the men's basketball team practice. In the past year, MacDowell Racquet Up students explored the University of Detroit Mercy, Marygrove College, and University of Michigan in preparation for their future education.
- Schulze Academy: University of Detroit Mercy Tour
In late October, Schulze Racquet Up students toured the campus at nearby University of Detroit Mercy. We peeked in classrooms, sat on dorm beds, dribbled basketballs with college players, and leafed through library books. In the past year, Racquet Up students explored three distinct Michigan universities in preparation for their future education.
- Schulze Academy Tree Planting
On a chilly Saturday in October, Schulze students visited Marx Playground to plant trees with the Greening of Detroit. After finishing the trees, we filled the slide and played freeze tag. Staff, volunteers, and students left feeling great after exploring and giving back to Detroit.
- MacDowell Elementary Community Service: Tree Planting
On a sunny Saturday in October, MacDowell students volunteered to plant trees with the Greening of Detroit. We finished seven trees and students, staff, and volunteers left feeling great about our accomplishment.
- RU 2011 Summer Camp
RU Summer Campers spent the last two weeks in July playing squash, winning prizes, learning about their city, and kicking homeruns in squikball.
- Summer Camp Community Service-Gleaners Food Bank
Racquet Up Detroit summer campers spent the day at Gleaners Food Bank and packed lunches for underprivileged kids
- Summer Camp Cultural Trips
RU Summer Campers had the opportunity to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts and the nearby Hubbard Branch of the Detroit Public Library.
- RU 2011 Year-End Party!
Racquet Up families and friends gather to celebrate a successful first year of squash and academics!
- 2011 NUSEA Urban Individual Championships @ Williams College
11 RU Detroit teammates traveled to Williamstown, Massachusetts to compete in the Urban National Championships!
- Day on Belle Isle
Schulze Academy and MacDowell Elementary teams combined for some fun in the sun at Belle Isle. We played squash on the outdoor racquetball courts and played basketball and football in the Belle Isle Park. Afterwards, we had a picnic, then cooled off with some ice cream and a movie in the Renaissance Center. What a day!
- MSRA Event at Detroit Athletic Club
Racquet Up team was invited to the MSRA Event at the Detroit Athletic Club. They played on the beautiful squash courts and got to watch pros play a spirited match!
- Palmer Woods Music in Homes
19 members or Racquet Up were able to attend a violin and bass duo concert in a historic home in Palmer Woods
- Midwest Urban Challenge
Racquet Up Detroit competes against METROsquash Chicago at the Northwest Activities Center
- Family Day - March 26, 2011
An incredible day--all our families convened for the first time to celebrate the successes of our first few months.
- Schulze Community Service Project #1: Brightmoor Community Center
Schulze students visited with our friends at the Brightmoor Community Center seniors program--BINGO!
- MacDowell Community Service Project #1: Brightmoor Community Center
MacDowell students visited with seniors at the Brightmoor Community Center on their day off from school--making a difference!
- Schulze Academy: University of Michigan Trip
Schulze Academy gets an opportunity to visit the U of M campus in Ann Arbor and play squash on the university's courts!
- Community Foundation Youth Committee Visit
Representatives from the Community Foundation's Youth Committee visited Racquet Up Detroit for their first squash lesson.
- MacDowell Elementary: University of Michigan Trip
Campus tour, lunch in the dining hall, the UM Art Museum, and squash at the Intramural Building--an amazing day!
- Schulze Academy Marygrove College Tour
Schulze Academy 5th graders at Marygrove College--a great start to our college exposure program.
- Saturday Squash!
Every Saturday, 40 Detroit fifth graders wake up early to work on their squash game at the Northwest Activities Center. Thanks to all the incredible Saturday volunteers who make this possible.
- SVS Vision Eye Exam Day
SVS Vision and the UAW partnered to provide free eye exams for all Racquet Up students. What an incredible service! They also generously donated glasses and squash eye guards to those who needed them--big thank you to SVS Vision and the UAW!
- MacDowell Elementary Marygrove College Tour
Our first college tour--thank you Marygrove College for hosting us on your beautiful campus in the heart of Detroit!
- Motor City Open Junior Clinic
The Motor City Open and the Birmingham Athletic Club were generous enough to host some of our Racquet Up students at the MCO Junior Clinic. The team got squash tips from some of the top players in the world!
- RU at the Motor City Open
Some lucky students from Racquet Up Detroit were able to attend the Motor City Open at the Birmingham Athletic Club to watch one of the premier squash tournaments in the United States
- Racquet Up Week One
The first week of squash and academic practice for 40 Detroit Public School students. After 7 months of preparation, Racquet Up Detroit is live!