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Responding To Current Times
To face the challenges that indoor sports have faced during the pandemic, the PSA Foundation decided to take another look at our sport and think OUTSIDE the box. Inspired by the steel court in NYC (truesquash.com) our idea evolved into funding the development and management of two outdoor Corten steel courts in Maggie Daley Park along Chicago’s downtown lakefront, subject to the input and approval of the Chicago Park District. These would be unique because the side walls and the front wall would display rotating art exhibits supplied by the School of the Art Institute, After School Matters, MetroSquash and other groups, adding to the Park District’s Artwork and Monuments initiative. This is “Project Beacon”; an inspiration for more outdoor court projects all over the world.
The Project Beacon Location
Maggie Daley Park is adjacent to Millenium Park in downtown Chicago, which we believe is the best location for Project Beacon. Its many child-friendly installations and activities draw large crowds of children and their parents. This makes it an ideal area to place the courts which will have exposure to Lake Shore Drive and in effect be a “canvas” for art and showcase exposure to the game to all communities. The organizing effort has been met with enthusiasm from a broad group of volunteers and community organizations.
If you are interested in making a financial contribution to Project Beacon, all donations are tax deductible, the PSA Foundation being a 501c3 qualified charitable organization. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to complete your donation.
Playing squash outdoors makes the sport more:
Overcoming Barriers Through Outdoor Squash
As we recover from the pandemic, we need to think innovatively to reinvent grassroots squash as we know it and appeal to current societal circumstances.