Established in 2005 METROsquash currently serves 150 students in 5th through 12th grade from underserved low-income neighborhoods in the Woodlawn Washington Park South Shore Hyde Park Kenwood Englewood and Bronzeville neighborhoods on Chicago’s south side. Of these students 38% are male and 62% are female 85% qualify for the free or reduced school lunch program. METROsquash provides all programming free of charge to students and their families. The METROsquash program fosters self-confidence independence and instrumental academic training to prepare students to enter their best-matched high schools and to lead them into and through college to become successful contributing members of society. Using the sport of squash as a vehicle to engage students academically each METROsquash team member spends up to ten hours (or more) per week in a safe structured environment where he or she participates in equal parts squash instruction and academic tutoring with the addition of mentoring cultural enrichment and community.