The Arlen Specter US Squash Center welcomed the public to the facility for the first time as its soft opening phase began Tuesday, July 6. Located in Philadelphia in the heart of Drexel University’s campus, the Specter Center is the new home of US Squash and the world’s largest community squash center.
The Specter Center welcomed local partners, organizations, and new facility members as part of the soft opening. Local community members were able to tour the 20-court facility and learn about upcoming program opportunities. The Drexel University College of Medicine provided free health screenings throughout the day for guests.
The Caring People Alliance (CPA), a local family service group that operates Boys & Girls Clubs and programs serving family stability and thriving communities in Philadelphia, introduced participants aged 5-13 from their summer day camps to squash during a series of learn-to-play clinics. The CPA plans to expand their involvement with the Specter Center through the summer including both the West Philadelphia camp participants who attended on July 6, along with their South Philadelphia programs. The Specter Center will expand its partnerships with neighborhood organizations in the coming months to welcome more new players to the sport.
Courts were made available for reservations to members for the first time during the summer weekday operating hours: 6:30am-10:00pm. Inviting and encouraging families to be a part of the world’s largest community squash center regardless of their experience in the sport is central to US Squash’s vision of leading squash to be more accessible to everyone. Memberships at the Specter Center include a variety of categories and pricing options, including free and reduced-cost memberships to ensure all interested residents are able to enjoy the facility and sport of squash.