Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
At HWS, Corey Kabot '12 and Edgardo Gonzalez '13 had successful runs with the Hobart squash team, both serving as team captains. Now the two alums are collaborating to extend their talents on the court to work with an organization in the urban squash arena called StreetSquash.
Recently, Kabot helped open StreetSquash Newark, N.J., and Gonzalez, an alum of the CitySquash program - an urban squash program based in the Bronx, N.Y. - similarly helped in StreetSquash Harlem. Both have been named squash program directors.
StreetSquash in Newark and Harlem were launched as afterschool enrichment programs that combine tutoring with playing squash, college preparation, leadership development, community service and mentoring for public school students in these areas.
The mission of StreetSquash is to enable children to realize their academic and personal potential through a broad range of experiences and to maintain the highest standards of community living. The organization's goals are to instill the culture of improved academic performance, the ethics of hard work and commitment, self-confidence and personal and professional development.
Currently, Danny Carbrera '16 is also a member of StreetSquash. He is a Rookie Award winner for Hobart squash, a Statesman Scholar and a Dean's List student.
One of the major events that StreetSquash Newark hosts during the summer is the "Brick City Cup," an invitational team tournament that brings together amateur, professional and StreetSquash players to raise money for the afterschool squash and education programs all while enjoying the sport itself.
For Kabot and Gonzalez, their passion for this sport has led them to realize their social responsibility for working with urban youth. This intensive care program provides a support system for many of the children on the squash teams who come from difficult backgrounds and face severe obstacles. StreetSquash supports young people who range from sixth- to 12th-grade and maintains connections following the program.
At HWS, Gonzalez was a psychology major with a minor in logic, cognition and language. He was a Statesman Scholar, as well and a member of the Latin American Organization. He was awarded the Dr. Frank P. Smith Squash Award for leadership in the 2012-2013 season.
Kabot played for Hobart Club Lacrosse, studied abroad in Rome and was a Dean's List student.