Tabor’s girls and boys squash programs sent seven players and two coaches to Egypt for a week of intense squash training and conditioning over Thanksgiving vacation. It was the second year of this amazing opportunity.
Hosted by Aly Hussein ’19 and his family in Cairo, the team trained with professional coaches and met and played with local young players. After drilling and strategizing with the coaches each day, our students and coaches enjoyed some of Egypt’s incredible scenes, culture, and history. From riding camels and exploring the Great Pyramid, to sampling Egyptian dishes, to visiting the National Museum with its store of antiquities, to traveling across roads used by pyramid builders, medieval traders, and desert caravans, we all brought back amazing memories and stories.
Gary Chen ’20 shared, “the Egypt Squash trip was absolutely a highlight of my junior year. By stepping on the courts of Madinaty Club and experiencing multiple squash drills, I started to develop quicker and more efficient footwork, and my squash skills were improved as volley drop and boast began to be one of my choices. Moreover, through competing with the top junior players in Egypt from multiple age groups, I not only interspersed the high-intensity squash trip with some relaxing features, but also inherited their passion and dedication to winning. Though the squash trip “exhausted” my physical condition, it liberated my mind from my usual way of performing and prepared me, both physically and mentally, for facing the challenge in our upcoming season. This unforgettable trip has definitely encouraged me to re-visit this magical place in my senior year.”
Tabor will reciprocate the exchange in December. Our host club in Egypt, located in New Cairo at Madinaty, will be sending along their junior players for a squash camp at Tabor during the week of December 10th. These athletes are preparing for the US Junior Open Squash Tournament that weekend and will play on Tabor’s courts during class time. It will be great for the entire squash program to see the talent and dedication these players bring to the sport and have the chance to learn more about the game, and their country, from them. We look forward to welcoming them to Tabor and supporting their success in the tournament.
We give special thanks to Aly Hussein ’19 and his family, who have helped Tabor to build a friendship and connection in Cairo over these last two years that we hope will continue to grow and benefit squash players from both countries. It is a great partnership because it allows friendships to blossom while sharing culture and a common love for competition and squash.
On our first Saturday School Day of the new year, we will enjoy working with Dennis Febo, a guest speaker who will help us raise social consciousness through his talk and various small group activities following.
Audiences describe Dennis Febo as 'Genuine,' 'Engaging,' and 'Extraordinary.' "He delivered a powerful message in a very humble manner, and I think that was what I appreciated most," said a student who attended one of his workshops.
A native of Brooklyn, NY, Febo was raised in many different parts of the United States and Puerto Rico. Through experiences with the disparities of poverty, racism, and prejudice, Febo had an early goal to help people reach their true potential through education on social consciousness and culture.
Beginning in high school, Febo targeted youth in disadvantaged communities through art, music, and entertainment. Knowing youth internalize messages provided through the arts, he hoped to explore the social conditions in which students are a part, and how they could overcome them through unity and work.
Continuing this work in college through Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, and after as he earned a Masters of Arts in Humanities at the University of Buffalo, Febo found that his speaking abilities were able to draw the attention of many, allowing him to organize on larger social levels as he discussed topics including race, ethnicity, the mind, identity, and social consciousness. Today, he does this work through his consulting group Guazabara Insights. http://www.guazabarainsights.com/
We look forward to spending a morning with Dennis Febo and learning from his insights!
Meet and greet with athletic coaches and extra-curricular program directors, observe open MakerLab, wander through creative studios in Braitmayer Arts Center, catch a sneak peek of the winter musical rehearsal, Heathers, and be a Superfan for our afternoon athletic contests. See which Tabor activities may pique your interest!
Registration Noon to 12:30 PM in Stroud Academic Center Lobby
Co-Curricular Fair Noon - 1:15 PM
Meet with coaches of all sports
Meet with other after-school club and activity sponsors
Programs in Action 12:30 - 1:45 PM
Observe Winter Musical rehearsal in Hoyt Hall
Participate in a MakerLab activity
Take part in creating art in the Braitmayer
Be a Seawolf Superfan and watch games all afternoon!