On October 1, US Squash launched the Elite Athlete Program (EAP) to financially and logistically support top U.S. players to allow them to train and compete professionally on a full-time basis. The players will receive meaningful support and an effective training environment which best allows players to succeed in both training and competition.
Participants will receive varied levels of direct financial compensation, other reimbursement for training and competition-related expenses as well as performance bonuses. The level of support each player receives will directly correlate to his or her age and ranking.
EAP will provide a realistic opportunity for some of the U.S.’s best college and junior players to pursue squash as a professional career. CEO Kevin Klipstein commented, “We wanted to send a clear message to the community and the sports world that our commitment to our national teams and elite athlete development programs is unconditional and will continue to increase. Our goal is to have U.S. athletes on the podium in international competition.”
Head National Coach Paul Assaiante added, “I am so excited that we are reaching a place in the history of US Squash where we can lend a higher level of support to our elite players. This can be a dramatic step in helping the U.S. National Teams to remain consistently competitive on the world stage.