this is our sport and we want to see it grow
Squash Ontario's mission is to facilitate the development of existing and potential players, from beginner to elite. We want to offer more opportunities for everyone to try the sport as well as provide more quality training for Ontario athletes who will perform on National and International stages. If you are involved in the squash community in Ontario, you know about the physical, social, and overall well being benefits of the sport. Please help us to grow this sport by encouraging people of all ages and abilities to pick up a racquet. There is a place for everyone in squash.
Your gift to squash will grow this sport by:
- Supporting Team Ontario's Quest for Gold on the national stage through the 2019 Canada Winter Games
- Supporting Regional Development through Squash Ontario's Ambassador Program
- Providing more opportunities for juniors, women, aboriginals, and lower income families to play squash
- Introducing the sport to school groups with education and equipment
- Supporting one coach and their athletes per year with competition travel
- Awarding athletes who demonstrate fair play and respect making an impact on our sport
- Honouring and preserving the legacy of the players and builders that came before us through the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame
Ways to support squash in Ontario
Donations may be directed to two very important programs – The Lee Hanebury Junior Squash Fund (Project 59) and the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame (Project 60). As of December 1st, 2016, Squash Ontario is grateful to be able to accept charitable donations through their partnership with the National Sport Trust Fund. Donors will be issued charitable tax receipts.
Lee hanebury junior squash fund - project 59
The Lee Hanebury Junior Squash Fund acts as an umbrella that contributes to all aspects of Junior Squash development in Ontario. See below for more information about the special bursaries and awards that are named after some of the great leaders of our sport and their dedication and impact on our game.
Ontario Squash Hall of Fame - project 60
The Ontario Squash Hall of Fame was created in 2005 by Squash Ontario to promote a greater awareness of the history of squash in Ontario by recognizing individuals for their outstanding achievements and exceptional contributions to the sport, and to preserve the heritage of the game. Every sport should have a home for heroes – the individuals who over the years, were responsible for the growth and development of the game. We guarantee our future when we honour our past.
visit the HALL OF FAME WEBSITE – Click Here
Gifts In Kind
Squash Ontario is always accepting gifts of gently used squash equipment, shoes, bags and eye guards to support our Equipment Loaner Program for schools and to support identified families and community centres without the necessary means to acquire the items needed to play the game.
As of December 1st, 2016, Squash Ontario is grateful to be able to accept charitable donations through their partnership with the National Sport Trust Fund. Donors will be issued charitable tax receipts after an appraisal review.
Support Fundraising Events
The annual Charity Golf Classic held each June is aimed at raising funds for both Junior High Performance and Junior grassroots programs. Support this event with a prize table and silent auction donations, sponsorship, or your attendance!
Annual Awards and bursaries to support athletes and coaches as part of the lee hanebury junior squash fund - project 59.
William Bannerman Junior Squash Spirit of the Game Award
Robert Brooks Bursary
Established in 2016 by the Bannerman/Crossman family, this award is presented annually to the junior player in Ontario who best represents the values of William Bannerman by playing with the utmost sportsmanship and respect for the game, and who has a genuine love and joy of the sport that is infectious. The award recipient will be a junior player who is likely to play squash for life, encourage and coach others of any level and be a humble and enthusiastic shepherd of the sport. This player is someone who will clearly impact the sport and other players through his or her "spirit of the game". One male and one female will receive a $250 bursary each.
The Robert Brooks Bursary has been established by the Braff Family and Friends to offer financial support to Ontario grade 12 students who have excelled in both school and squash. The successful recipients of the Scholarship will be individuals (one male and one female) who have continually shown passion and sportsmanship, both on and off the court, and who are entering higher education (college or university). Successful recipients will have demonstrated a long time commitment to the programming of Squash Ontario. This bursary provides at least $850 to each recipient who will have been accepted for continuing education in an accredited college or university. Click here for past recipients.
Mark Sachvie Coaching Achievement Award
Jim Mason Award
The Mark Sachvie Coaching Achievement Award is presented annually to the coach who has consistently exhibited, espoused and taught the principles of respect, integrity and fair play and who portrays a positive role model both for the game of squash and for the coaching profession. From the late 1980's to his passing in 2013, Mark Sachvie WAS squash in Ontario. He truly contributed to every aspect of our game as a tireless leader in coaching, event hosting, volunteerism and touched and inspired everyone who he came into contact with. One of his many passions for the game was putting countless junior squash players in van and taking them across the province (and later North America, and then the world!). This simple act created lifelong squash players while also strengthening families and helping to bond and unify our squash community province wide. In Mark's honour $850 will be awarded to the Mark Sachvie Coaching Achievement recipient each year to fund a coach led trip for their junior program. Click here for past recipients.
Jim Mason left an indelible mark on squash in Ontario at the junior level – his commitment to and passion for junior squash laid the groundwork for the programming which is in place now – he mentored coaches who carried the banner and he encouraged young athletes, many of whom went on to achieve national and international acclaim. But through it all, he believed in fair play – on the court and off the court. One male and one female will receive a $250 bursary each. The Jim Mason Fair Play award has become on of the top honours for junior squash players each season, deeply respected by coaches, parents and the players themselves. Click here for past recipients.