Big Brothers Big Sisters benefiting from squash

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- The Fourth Annual Squash Festival is a tournament being held at the McArthur Squash Center at Boar's Head Sports Club from Sept. 14 to 18 and the proceeds will help benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge.

On Tuesday, many littles and their bigs came out to Boar's Head and got to meet some of the best players in the world that will be competing in the tournament this week. It's safe to say the littles enjoyed meeting the professionals.

"It was fun," exclaimed ten-year-old Chase Elley. "Even though I've never met anyone like pro, pro, but it was fun!"

After a quick meet and greet with the players, the bigs and littles were treated to see the "voice" of the Cavaliers, and big brother, Dave Koehn take on one of the professionals in a friendly match.

"This is a neat opportunity to see some of the best players in the world play squash," said Koehn. "But on top of it you get to support a local cause like Big Brothers, Big Sisters which is an organization that does not exist without the support of the community, partners and events like this."

For many of the littles and even the bigs, squash is a new sport for them and the organizers are hoping that an event like this will peak their interest.

"Hopefully, in a couple of years, you're going to see some of the kids out here on the field as professionals, we're hoping this will spark something big," said Athena Gould, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge.

For more information on the tournament, click here.

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