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San Diego academy using squash to help kids reach college

BY STEVE ATKINSON

JULY 29, 2021

It begins with an after-school program of academics and squash from 7th through the 12th grade. Students visit colleges, prep for the SAT and ACT, get help with college applications, and of course, play in squash tournaments ...

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Blair Sadler is ‘flunking’ retirement as he helps students through squash

BY ELISABETH FRAUSTO

JULY 9, 2021

La Jollan Blair Sadler, a former president of Rady Children’s Hospital, is using retirement to continue his crusade to squash social inequities via Access Youth Academy ...

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Academics and squash give charter students a new choice for college

BY M.G. PEREZ

FEBRUARY 2, 2022

“Why is it called squash? Because the ball is squashy,” said Deon Saffery, the Academy’s squash manager. She was recruited from the United Kingdom to come to San Diego and teach children as young as 10 how to play the centuries-old game ...

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