SquashSmarts is an academic and athletic mentoring program with a proven track record of keeping kids in school, in shape, and on track for graduation. The program works with 5th-12th grade students who are selected based on commitment, effort and attitude, not athletic or academic ability. An eight-year commitment to each child ensures long-term success by providing a team, a family, a safety net and a sense of belonging. Strong one-on-one relationships with staff and volunteers are the key to fostering every child’s success and breaking the cycle of Philadelphia’s public school drop-out rate.