Chucktown Squash Scholars is an after-school youth development program, which uses the sport of squash, in combination with academic tutoring, literacy development, fitness education, community service, and mentoring to make a difference in the lives of Charleston's underserved youth population.
2nd Annual Chucktown Talks
Featuring NBA Legend Chris Herren
November 12, 2015
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Chucktown Squash is a trusted enrichment partner for two Title 1, schools in Charleston, South Carolina. Chucktown Squash promotes academic success, healthy lifestyles, social and emotional development, reduced grade retention, and increased graduation rates through after school, weekend, and summertime programming.
College of Charleston Partnership
Since 2010, The College of Charleston School of Education, Health, and Human Performance has partnered with Chucktown Squash. The partnership includes provisions for access to squash courts and classrooms, faculty research, and several internship and volunteer opportunities for undergraduate students. With two full-time and two part- time employees, and 40 college undergraduate mentors, Chucktown Squash offers a unique partnership benefiting local low-income students, as well as providing vital opportunities for college students. Our programming utilizes volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring, mentoring, and guidance for our young scholars. In return they receive countless opportunities to gain course credit hours, real-life educational experiences, and the ability to make a difference in the lives of young people. Chucktown Squash and The College of Charleston have a vital partnership that provides a unique blend of physical and intellectual stimulation for our students to be successful in the classroom and beyond.
Dr. Michael Hemphill, an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at the College of Charleston and Academic Advisor for Chucktown Squash says, “there’s one certainty when it comes to youth development programs that aim to place kids on a path to college: You need a hook. This is especially true for underprivileged children who may not see a college education in their future. Before you can expose them to what college is, what it is not and how it can change their lives, you must first capture their attention.”