Philadelphia, USA - Squash Dreamers is excited to announce that Mohammed El Shorbagy, the world men's #1 ranking squash player, has joined the Board of Directors of the organization as an honorary member. Squash Dreamers is a registered nonprofit organization in the US, currently operating in Jordan, providing intensive squash training and English language tutoring for 30 Syrian refugee girls.
Mohammed El Shorbagy is one of the most talented players on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour, he has flown up the world rankings since joining the PSA in 2006 . He recently won the 2020 PSA world tour to regain back his status as the number 1 squash player in the world.
We are hoping that El Shorbagy will help support our cause and bring attention to the work that we are doing, to empower young refugee girls and help them realize their potential to become outstanding female athletes and leaders. Both Mohammed and Squash Dreamers invite you to donate to support our work at https://donorbox.org/squash-dreamers.
Philadelphia, USA - Squash Dreamers is excited to announce that Nouran Gohar, the world women's #2 ranking squash player, has joined the Board of Directors of the organization as an honorary member. Squash Dreamers is a registered nonprofit organization in the US, currently operating in Jordan, providing intensive squash training and English language tutoring for 30 Syrian refugee girls.
Nouran Gohar is another immensely talented youngster fresh off the Egyptian production line of premier squash players. She won the US Open and the British Open Squash tournaments for 2019. Gohar, a successful Arab female athlete, is a natural fit for our organization's goal of empowering young, refugee women through sport.
We are hoping that Gohar will help inspire our girls to work harder and become globally-competitive squash players. Both Nouran and Squash Dreamers invite you to donate to support our work at https://donorbox.org/squash-dreamers.
On July 31, 2018, three Squash Dreamers girls flew from Amman to Hong Kong to attend the Hong Kong Junior Open. The three girls were Raghda, age 13, Iman, age 12, and Sabah, age 11. Throughout the following four days, the girls gained a tremendous amount of experience and insight into the internationally competitive squash world. Unfortunately, due to delays in receiving approval from the Jordanian government for a guarantee of the girls' UNHCR refugee status upon exit and re-entry into Jordan, two of the girls had to forfeit their first matches in the main event. Five hours after her red eye flight and arrival to Hong Kong, Iman played her match in the U-13 girls' main event against Xie Ka Wing of Hong Kong, who has played squash for five years. Despite her valiant effort, Iman fell 2-0 in a best of 3 games match. The next day, all three girls entered the plate event, but due to their relative inexperience against their competitors, none made it past the first match. However, the girls were not upset; they were inspired. For the rest of the day, they practiced and played friendly matches on any free court that they could find with new friends from Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, and Malaysia, which gave them valuable opportunities to practice their English. The girls reflected on their play and analyzed matches in the main event to determine how they could advance their skills. Overall, the tournament has been a true learning experience; Sabah said, "If I make a mistake while playing, I can look at the others who are playing and learn."
The girls have also been able to explore Hong Kong and get a taste of a culture that is very from their own. All three enjoyed trying dim sum, eating an egg waffle, and slurping up bubble tea. They saw the Hong Kong skyline at night through the Star Ferry, hiked up 10,000 Buddhas, peered down at the expansive city from the Peak tram, and perused the wide array of shops. They feel extremely grateful for this experience and thank all of you who made it possible for them.
Harrow Sports has generously donated six uniforms and nine racquets for the girls to wear and use at the Hong Kong Junior open! We are so grateful for their support and generous donation!
To learn how you can support our girls, check out our "Get Involved" page!
Two graduates of Harlem, New York based Street Squash came to Amman, Jordan to spend time coaching Squash Dreamers in early July. The two women, Jazmin and Mawa, enjoyed spending their time getting to know the girls at practice and going on outings with them to the Dead Sea, Shams al Balad, and the Roman amphitheater. After their time in Jordan, the girls went to Jerusalem to visit another urban squash program, Squash Bond.
On February 17, 2018, Squash Dreamers' founder, Clayton Keir, proposed to his girlfriend and Vice President of Squash Dreamers, Rachel Lee. Three months after Clay started the organization, he met Rachel, and she became just as invested in the program as he was. The organization had become an integral part of both of their lives, so Clay knew that he wanted to enlist the girls' help in the proposal! Congrats to the happy couple!