At EyeCare2020, we know that it takes exceptional vision to succeed at any sport, and so we’re proud to be sponsoring the New Jersey States Squash Tournament. The tournament will be held at the Chatham Club in Chatham, NJ on December 5th and 6th. The early registration deadline was November 20th, but late registration is still open for a price of $105. You can register by going to www.USSquash.com.
The tournament includes Men’s Open A, B(4.5), C(3.5), C(3.0),D(2.5), 50+, 60+, and Women’s C/D. Prizes are awarded for 1st place, 2nd place, and consolation winners, and the tournament gift is a Saturday lunch.
The competition may be fierce, but the tournament also offers a way to give back. The StreetSquash Newark Equipment Drive is being held now, and donating a racquet or bag to StreetSquash Newark gets you 10% off a new racquet or bag. This is a great way to give back to the community, and get a younger generation involved in the sport. Visit streetsquash.org to learn more about their mission and how you can help.
In honor of the upcoming squash tournament, we’ve put together a list of squash facts for you, and some of them might surprise you!
- Squash was invented in Harrow School out of the older game racquets around 1830. The game then spread to other schools, eventually becoming an international sport.
- Squash is played in 185 countries worldwide, and has an impressive 20 million players regularly participating.
- According to the World Squash Federation, as of June 2009, there were 49,908 squash courts in the world.
- Squash players are highly educated. 98% are college graduates, and 57% have further degrees.
- The United States has the fastest growing squash participation worldwide – the Sports & Fitness Association (SFIA) shows 114% growth overall between 2008 and 2013 to more than 1.4 million squash players.
- A Forbes study pronounced squash the #1 sport for getting and staying fit – average players burn about 750 calories per hour!
- The sport provides a good upper and lower body workout by utilizing both the legs to run around the court, and the arms and torso to swing the racquet.
- While it isn’t currently an Olympic Sport, squash is recognized by the IOC, and supporters are lobbying for its incorporation in a future Olympic program.
Healthy eyesight is essential in squash, and at EyeCare2020, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today for more information on eye health and laser eye surgery.