Squash Dreamers is excited to announce that both Nouran Gohar, the women's world #1 squash player, and Mohammed El Shorbagy, the world men's #1 ranking squash player, have joined the Board of Directors as honorary members. Squash Dreamers is a U.S.-registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides young Syrian refugee and underprivileged Jordanian girls with professional squash and English training to help them apply to outstanding international and Jordanian schools.
Nouran Gohar is an immensely talented youngster fresh off the Egyptian 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.
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 Gohar and Shorbagy will help inspire our girls to work harder and become globally-competitive squash players. Both players and Squash Dreamers invite you to donate to support our work by subscribing to our newsletter or donating to our program!
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Squash Dreamers was so lucky to have Daisy V.L. as a volunteer in 2019. Her energy, passion for learning and music, and positivity made every English lesson so much more fun for our girls! The following is her perspective on her experience.
"When returning to Jordan last January having gone back to England for the holidays, I was very fortunate to find an opportunity as part of the English team at Squash Dreamers. The girls supported by this great organisation are kind, funny, intelligent and hard-working, so even after an hour of intense squash practice, they were always excitable and happy to be learning new things!
We started out by naming colours and singing Old MacDonald, and they continued to make me hugely proud as a group of incredible young girls who worked hard, played hard and were a true JOY to be around. We spoke, wrote and read full sentences, danced, ate cake, sang and made crowns. We celebrated Ramadan and new learning, we wore stars on our heads and we talked about our lives, our families, our friends.
Squash Dreamers gives these young girls the opportunity to just be children, be silly, laugh and smile. The programme not only allows volunteers to help the girls through teaching them skills and introducing them to new cultures but is also a place that offers so much to those who work with them. I learned new phrases in multiple Arabic dialects, I joined the girls for Ramadan, and I learned more about what it is to be a young refugee girl in Jordan.
Working with the girls and the team at squash dreamers is one of the best things I have been blessed to do and I can’t wait to go back!"
To volunteer with Squash Dreamers as an in-person or virtual volunteer, please contact us!
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Eman, age 14, fled Homs, Syria with her family in 2013 after the crisis started. The turmoil of being uprooted from her home, traveling to an unfamiliar country, and finding a new home caused Eman to miss a year in school; although she should be in eighth grade, she is in seventh.
Eman started training with Squash Dreamers in 2017, and she was one of the three girls selected to participate in the Hong Kong Junior Open.
Eman says, “Playing squash changed my life for the better. I harness a lot of positive energy when I play, I have gotten to meet and know a lot of people because of it, and it enriched my life with experiences I wouldn’t have had without squash.”
Eman dreams of becoming and architect one day, but before that she hopes to continue playing with Squash Dreamers to become a competitive player.
To support Eman, check out our DREAMMAKERS program, or subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates about her and our other participants' progress!
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