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.
Tabor Academy invites the public to their performance of their winter musical, Heathers: The Musical (HSE) on February 14-16 at 7:30 PM.
Heathers: The Musical, a satire dealing with the challenges of teen life, became an Off-Broadway hit in 2014. Because the subject matter was so relevant to high schools, the creators of the show, Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe, worked closely with Pearce High School in Richardson, TX, from 2015 through 2016 to develop a “toned-down,” high school edition (HSE) of the show. Tabor’s director, Mark Howland said, “While Heathers: The Musical (HSE) delves into such hot-button topics as body shaming, sexual harassment, and suicide, it does so with humor and sensitivity. The creators have claimed in fact that they feel the show is about female empowerment. Rather than avoid these taboo topics, Heathers: The Musical (HSE) tackles them head on but through the lens of satire, showing us that high schoolers need to be kinder to each other, and adults who work with them need to be more clued in. Our goal is that the show be a catalyst for the school community to further awareness and empathy.”
The show runs February 14, 15, 16 at 7:30 PM in Tabor’s Fireman Center for the Performing Arts in Hoyt Hall at 245 Front Street, Marion. It is free and open to the public, no tickets or reservations required.