Rep. Marvin L. Abney recently presented the RhodySquash organization with a legislative grant of $2,000 to be used for new equipment for the program that caters to underprivileged youth of Newport.

“The RhodySquash program is an invaluable resource to the youth of Newport and it is my pleasure to support this most worthy program,” said Representative Abney (D-Dist. 73, Newport, Middletown). “Through academics, community service and the team building exercises of the squash court, RhodySquash is the type of program that all of Rhode Island’s kids could use to better themselves and their communities.”

RhodySquash provides an opportunity for the underprivileged youth of Newport to achieve their personal best through the integration of academics, community service and mentorship anchored by the sport of squash and the objective of self-actualization. The academic program, with the help of staff and volunteer tutors and educators, provides students with a quiet and consistent location to regularly complete daily homework assignments and projects as well as an area to prepare for examinations. Community Service is also an integral part of the RhodySquash program. Participants of RhodySquash are required to engage in different service projects throughout the local community.

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