Squash Urbano Colombia (SUC) made urban squash history this fall by assisting Valeria Osorio Garcia, of Columbia, to attend the Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut.
Earning an opportunity to be a Davis International Scholar, Garcia, hailing from the Espinal neighborhood of Cartagena, has been an SUC star participant for the past four years.
“Coming to boarding school in a foreign country has been an extraordinary opportunity that I would not have had without Squash Urbano’s support,” Garcia said.
The first Colombian to win this [Davis International Scholars] scholarship, Garcia said she hopes to “serve as an example and motivation for the young people of Cartagena.”
Since joining the first class of SUC students in 2015, she has traveled twice to Massachusetts to compete at the Urban Individual Nationals tournament on Amherst and Williams Colleges campuses, and visited Malaysia to attend the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. Other locations Garcia has visited as a result of her participation in squash include Bucaramanga, Bogotá, Medellín and Villavicencio.
The eighteen-year-old’s attendance at Westminster brings her one step closer to her goal of attending an American university and eventually, medical school.
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