Coming this September: A Must-See Squash Match!
This September, Chairman of the Board Neil Duke will take on rising Baltimore Polytechnic Institute freshman Darian Rich (pictured left), a top-ranking member of SquashWise and regular participant in some of the country’s most prestigious urban squash camps and tournaments, in a one-of-a-kind squash match.
Before signing on to play Duke, Rich first challenged Andrés Alonso, the CEO of City Schools. “I’ll be ready for you at Meadow Mill Athletic Club,” Rich wrote to Alonso this past spring. “I’ll be looking forward to our showdown.”
Unable to take on Rich “because my knees couldn’t withstand the challenge of keeping up with an athletic 8th grader,” Alonso offered an alternative: “I am pleased to tell you that Board Chairman Neil Duke has agreed to accept your challenge.” But “I must caution you,” Alonso continued, “that he will present much more of a challenge to your squash skills than I would have.”
As Rich and Duke prepare for the match—Rich by attending the National Urban Squash Individuals Championship in Williamstown, MA, this past summer and Duke by “looking up the rules,” he told Abby Markoe, the executive director of SquashWise, recently—the City Schools’ community is waging its bets. Stay tuned for details on the time and date.
Photo credit: Sean M. Bowie Photography