Premier Squash Tournament to be First Ever Sporting Event Held in Chicago's Millennium Park

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Honorary Co-Chairs Mayor Richard Daley and Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Event Chair Clare Muñana, and World-Renowned Chef Rick Bayless Among Those Supporting 2010 U.S. Open

The support METROsquash offers is key to the future success of young people and I am certain that through continued hard work, motivation, and determination, these students will become leaders in their communities

The 2010 U.S. Open Squash Championships benefitting METROsquash are coming to Chicago as part of the first ever sporting event in Millennium Park.

Playing on an all-glass court on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage, the event will feature 96 of the world's top men and women squash professionals. The University Club of Chicago will also host the early rounds in its new Cardio and Squash Center. The event will take place on September 25 - October 2.

Attending the event and serving as honorary co-chairs are Mayor Richard Daley and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. Clare Muñana, Vice President of the Chicago Board of Education, is serving as event chair and Chicago's own Top Chef Masters winner Rick Bayless is also catering the gala reception before the women's and men's U.S. Open squash finals.

"It is my pleasure to co-chair the 2010 U.S. Open in Millennium Park, along with the Education Expo that METROsquash is hosting during this historic event," said Daley. "Athletic activities instill the discipline and perseverance in our youth that help them attain their personal and academic best."

"The support METROsquash offers is key to the future success of young people and I am certain that through continued hard work, motivation, and determination, these students will become leaders in their communities," added Gates.

All proceeds of the event will support METROsquash, a 501(c)(3) non-profit after school program serving Chicago Public School students through the combination of academic enrichment and squash instruction.

METROsquash will also host an educational exposition for 2,000 Chicago Public School students and their families, which will give students a unique opportunity to learn about the ways in which squash, academics, life skills, culture, and community service interact to build confidence and capabilities of Chicago's youth.

"METROsquash is a leader in combining academics and athletics to provide Chicago's students with excellent enrichment opportunities," said Muñana. "This transformational program ensures that its students are fully engaged and supported in all of their endeavors - on and off the court!"

In addition, hundreds of local, out-of-state and international squash players - and METROsquash students - will have the opportunity to compete in one of the country's largest and hotly contested skill level events.

For more information on the U.S. Open and METROsquash, please visit http://www.squashinthepark.com/.

Contacts:

David Kay, METROsquash, Executive Director, 773.251.1711
Kerry Fliss, METROsquash, Program Director, 773.241.5150
Aaron Schoenherr, Greentarget, Media Relations, 312.252.4103

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