The “We Are One” Fund that successfully supported professional squash players across the globe facing financial distress during COVID is continuing to benefit players in need but with a new focus.
The fund was launched in 2020 as a player-driven initiative, aimed to provide relief to PSA players that needed urgent financial support during the pandemic while the Tour was suspended. Thanks to the generosity of the squash community, the fund raised and distributed over $180,000 to players in need all over the world.
With the Tour back in full swing, the PSA Foundation has announced that the “We Are One” fund will continue to support players in need but relaunched as an emergency hardship fund which will aid players facing severe hardship such as career ending injuries, family calamities and unforeseeable emergencies.
Adriana Olaya – Head of PSA Foundation, said
“After reading hundreds of applications for the We are One Fund during the pandemic, we quickly realized that our players don’t always have a support network and not many emergency resources available in times of need. That is why we decided to reshape the fund as a permanent hardship fund for players who need a helping hand when facing unexpected hardship.”
“The players are the heartbeat of our sport, and we know how challenging being a professional squash player is. This fund will be a safety net to allow our players to continue shining a light on our beloved sport around the world”
This fund will play a pivotal role in ensuring players across the world at all levels can both engage and thrive within our sport.