Thanks to the generosity of donors and a grant program utilizing dollars from Pepsi-Cola Bottling, Colorado State University-Pueblo will install the state’s only squash court south of Colorado Springs.
Nearly $7,000 of the total $19,000 project was contributed as part of the University’s annual Pepsi Grant allocation, a competitive on-campus program that seeks projects that improve the physical appearance of the campus while benefiting the campus population. The Pepsi Grant, submitted by Dr. Richard Krinsky, was funded from last year’s allocation and was matched by numerous donations, including $7,000 from Jorge Ayala, a 1985 alumnus of University of Southern Colorado, and the owner of Jorge’s Sombrero Restaurant. Additional donors included Homer Blackwell with Blackwell Bail Bonds, Kevin Keilbach State Farm Agency and John and Mark Keilbach, Steve Shirley with Benefits Broker Inc., Clarence Newcomb with Butcher Block Cattle Company, Jason Van Zandt, Richard and Suzanne Krinsky, Blair and Katrina Presti, and
Dr. William H. Wright.
DenaSue Potestio, executive director of the CSU-Pueblo Foundation, said many of the donors who stepped up to support this project did not come from the University’s traditional fundraising pool.
“Many were first time givers to the University,” Potestio said. “Some donors have a passion for the game, and they were able to connect their passion to an opportunity at the University that will benefit not only our students but Southern Colorado as well.”
The project will entail the retrofitting of a moveable back-glass wall in the place of an existing fixed-glass back wall in one of the racquetball courts in the University’s Student Recreation Center. The moveable wall will allow for the double play of either racquetball or squash in the same court. The moveable wall shortens the racquetball court by eight feet and becomes the back-wall for squash. The court is double marked so that both sports can be played in the same space. In addition, an 18-inch tin is placed on the bottom of the front wall and all good shots in squash must be above the tin. The new wall is expected to be installed during the fall semester.
Several variations of squash exist across the world. One of the major differences between squash and racquetball is that while both singles and doubles racquetball can be played on a standard size racquetball court, the doubles version of squash entails a wider court that the singles version. Squash can be played with either a hard or a soft squash ball. Many new players to the game prefer the softer ball. More competitive players prefer the harder ball. Squash is a more popular international game than racquetball and squash was being considered to be included as an Olympic game.
The relatively small court, low-bouncing ball and the demands for making every shot at least 18 inches from the floor makes squash a more physically demanding game than racquetball. Squash provides an excellent cardiovascular workout. In one hour of squash, a player may expend approximately 600 to 1,000 calories which is significantly more than most other sports and over 70 percent more than either general tennis or racquetball. The sport also provides a good upper and lower body workout by utilizing both the legs to run around the court and the arms and torso to swing the racquet.
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