Students Share Love of Rowing and Squash with 6th & 7th Graders

Brooks athletes are sharing the love – of their sport – with local sixth- and seventh-grade students interested in taking up rowing or squash.

The teens and coaches from Brooks' rowing teams and squash squads will volunteer their time on February 11 to host aspiring athletes on campus and show them the ropes of each activity.

Click HERE for more information and to register for the February 11 event.

"Brooks is extremely fortunate to have an indoor rowing facility so well-suited to teaching the sport even during the cold New England winter," said crew Program Director Christopher "Tote" Smith. (The Danforth Gymnasium, which houses Brooks' crew and squash teams offers multiple ergs and two eight-person, still-water rowing tanks for rowing as well as 10 international-size squash courts and a spectator gallery).

Smith, who has been teaching crew for more than 13 years, added that he's hoping to expand the use of Brooks' crew facility, beyond serving clubs and other schools, to introducing young athletes to a new sport. It's an endeavor he believes will benefit young athletes and the Brooks student athletes helping them alike.

Visit Brooks' crew and squash pages for more about the teams, coaches and their upcoming events.

"I am always excited to see our own athletes, most of whom learned to row here, able to share that passion and experience with the next generation of rowers and coxswains," he said. "In addition to sharing their infectious enthusiasm, their experience as coach only deepens their understanding of the stroke and for the special opportunity they've had at Brooks."

Giving back to the community through sports is, after all, a hallmark of Brooks. In addition to our community service afternoon program, the school has hosted the SquashBusters after-school program for middle- and high-school age students in Lawrence since 2012.

Students in the program spend between two and three hours, three days a week during the school year, on a mix of academic enrichment and/or homework plus squash instruction and practice with the goal of exposing them to opportunities they might not otherwise have.

For more information about SquashBusters, click here, and to register for Brooks' rowing and squash event, click here.

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