Another round of funds has been distributed through the ‘We Are One’ fund to players who are struggling to support themselves due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With international travel restrictions still in place for most parts of the world, many players still face an income challenge.
Travel restrictions often impose large fees too high for lower ranked players to afford. In most instances, smaller tournaments are also still domestic-only or cross border events. Additionally, tournaments are still offering less prize money than usual. This is due to restrictions on sporting events impacting ticket sales and offering less incentive for tournament sponsors to invest. For most players this means less tournaments to compete in and less tournament prize money up for grabs.
The most recent round of funds was largely sourced by the successful Tournament of Champions Women’s Leadership Programme. The charity event raised an impressive $23,000 USD for the ‘We Are One’ Fund while celebrating women’s sporting success & gender equality. You can find out more about the event here.
A player driven initiative, the ‘We Are One’ fund has been supported by a diverse range of individuals and groups. Generous donations have come in from squash fans, fellow PSA players, PSA staff and board members. Various clubs and smaller social groups have hosted fundraisers to show their support. Multiple international fundraisers have taken place, including but not limited to; the World Squash Day Auction, the Squash Summit 2021, proceeds from merchandise sales of the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Squash Classic 2020 and the sales from the Behind The Glass, the 2019/20 PSA World Tour Photobook.
With international control over the virus steadily improving, we are getting increasingly closer to a normal PSA Tour once again. But for now, if you would like to donate to the ‘We Are One’ fund, please do so here: https://psafoundation.com/weareone/