“It was so cool staying in the dorms and seeing the incredible campus,” Almonte recalled. “I also loved the buffet meals. I got to eat as much as I wanted every meal. It was great.”
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Tournament raises $250K
The recent “MashUp” squash competition at Brooks School in North Andover helped net $250,000 for the SquashBusters Lawrence Program.
The competition consisted of four teams, each comprised of a world-class player, five amateurs, a student from Brooks School or Phillips Academy and a SquashBusters student.
Each of the amateur players raised money to participate. The teams battled in a round-robin format with the two top finishers playing in the finals for all the marbles. Andover’s Ross Elkin, Ed Krapels and Tom Hodgson were among the competitors.
Originally, the hope was to raise $100,000. But with a special matching grant of $75,000, the event raised more than double the expectations. All of the proceeds will directly benefit SquashBusters Lawrence and its 48 students.
For more information about SquashBusters, visit www.squashbusters.org.
Andover MashUp players
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