street squash*What did you play outside with your friends? Baseball? Basketball? Running Bases? Four Square? Double Dutch? How about Squash?

We’re almost certain that your reaction was the same as the youngsters in Harlem that were introduced to the sport for the first time. What the heck is Squash?

Squash is a high-speed racquet sport, akin to tennis, but played by two to four players in a walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball.

Instead of swatting the ball toward an opponent, you play against the wall … sort of like Stoop Ball.

But, the game, once a favorite past time of the nation’s elite, has become a neighborhood game amongst Harlem’s finest … its students. (more…)