The Arlen Specter US Squash Center partnered with Sunrise of Philadelphia and WorkReady for the first time this summer, creating a new “Train the Trainer” initiative focused on introducing new coaches and players to the game.
Participants in the course trained with members of Team USA and the Specter Center coaching staff, before going into a US Squash Level 1 Coaching Certification course. The new coaches will help lead new school teams from the Philadelphia School District this coming season.
“This is our first year working with WorkReady and we’re really excited,” said Sakora Miller, Senior Manager of Community Squash Programming. “It’s a great opportunity for students to have a work and life experience, and also earn a little money. US Squash and the Arlen Specter Center has developed the “train a trainer” program where we take students from the Philadelphia School District who desire to be coaches and teach them the sport of squash and train them to be Level 1 certified squash coaches. Not only are they learning how to coach squash, they’re learning important values of time and work management, and becoming mentors.”
“My favorite part about the program were the people that surrounded me,” said Jabree Coleman, a program participant. “They’re really welcoming and have supported me as I go through the program. I’ve learned how to be professional, how to communicate professionally, and how to conduct myself around other people and kids. During the school year I look forward to coaching kids at the Specter Center, I want to get better at the sport and learn more about it myself. I really recommend WorkReady to anybody.”
Enjoy a brief video on the program above.