#12: Raising Arizona Squash; James Dodson, Squash Dad, former Chicagoan, now a Phoenician, always playing, building

Paulette, Julius & James Dodson

In this episode we connect with James Dodson who launched his publishing career covering youth and poverty issues for Youth Communication and the RFK Memorial where he picked up the game.  He’s devoted to using squash to enrich the lives of young people.  And, in his new residence of Phoenix founded Arizona Squash, Inc.  He’s partnered with Empower College Prep, Grand Canyon University and the Family Life Center at North Phoenix Baptist Church to support a largely multi-ethnic under-served community in the city’s West Valley.

James is no stranger as to what it takes to build a successful squash program, he is a Founding Board Member and Past Board Chair of Chicago’s MetroSquash.  In 2005 MetroSquash was the first National Urban Squash initiative founded outside of the East Coast.  In 2015, MetroSquash raised $8 million and opened its primary squash and academic center near the campus of the University of Chicago to serve the program’s students.

This month Arizona Squash launched programming with its first class of students while undergoing a fundraising campaign to convert squash courts and recruit a full-time Executive Director.  To learn more visit, http://www.arizonasquash.org/.

Click on video to hear James Dodson pitching at SEED Spot

John Flanigan: “Top 50 most influential Squash person” Univeristy Club of Chicago & the Windy City Open

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John Flanigan – Athletic Director & WCO Tournament Director

Squash Radio is bringing the ‘inside’ of squash to life by serving up the best stories from Squash World.  Today we sit down with John Flanigan who is the Athletic Director (AD) at the University Club of Chicago and Tournament Director of the Guggenheim Partners Windy City Open which is one of eight Majors on the Global Professional Squash Tour (PSA.)

Beyond being the AD at the University Club he is also part of the Senior Leadership team to oversee the strategic direction for the Club as well as being named to the 2015 Squash Magazine ‘Top 50’ most influential people in the sport of Squash in the United States.

2016 Champions picture @ Windy City Open

FEBRUARY 23 – MARCH 1, 2017
If you have never seen professional squash and are in the Chicago area… you should definitely check out the Guggenheim Partners Windy City Open Presented by Equi Trust Life Insurance and see some of the best athletes in the world.    Can’t be there in person? No problem, there are lots of ways to follow the action;