By Bob Hanscom, republished from Daily Squash Report.
With only 10 days (May 29th) before the IOC Executive Committee makes its decision as to which sports will be recommended to their General Assembly in September, a grand opening, ribbon cutting and dedication of a new squash court took place at the lovely Arroyo Seco Racquet Club in South Pasadena, California.
The event attendees enjoyed all the festivities, which included a BBQ, Margaritas and presentation of a plaque to its primary patron Ed brooks, commemorating the new court to him.
This was an appropriate celebration of and for squash – the creation of a new squash court in a new location, all on the eve of one of the most important decisions the IOC will ever make for squash, that of (hopefully) voting our great game into the 2020 Olympic Games!
A special note of thanks went to Dave Rosen of Harrow Sports for providing raffle prizes for the evening, as well as congratulatory notes read from Kevin Klipstein of U.S. Squash and Andrew Shelley, World Squash Federation CEO.
The evening concluded with a junior squash demonstration by Celine Vendler and Kelvin Shang – and a pro exhibition by Al Preston, former PSA player from New Zealand and Ronen Goldberg, former five-time Israeli national champion and Maccahbiah Game Gold Medalist. They wowed the crowd with an impressive display of athleticism and skill.
A great deal of enthusiasm for squash was generated, as many juniors in attendance were anxious to get onto the court… most for the first time, as no other publicly accessible squash courts have yet been available in the area… until now! All in all, a great evening of and for squash!
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