Our Annual Rally For The Kids
The 2019 ELG Steel City Cup was another record-breaking event, raising over $170,000 for Steel City Squash. All of the teams worked extremely hard both on and off the courts. The reigning champs, The Women All Stars, put in another fantastic effort but they could not keep up with Chairman David Hillman and his team. For the first time in three years the Cup has changed hands and The Pittsburgh Golf Club came out victorious.
On the tennis courts a surprise ringer in 13 year old Josh Lamm teamed up with Nathan Feinstein, son of Board Member Jeremy Feinstein, to sweep the event for the No Tins Nomads. Josh even pulled out a between the legs winner on game point in a show of athletic prowess that could not be matched by the more seasoned teams.
The doubles squash court saw some of the most competitive action during the Cup, especially from the members of Steel City Squash who competed for the No Tins Nomads, Mikayla ’22, Jonae ’23, and Namell ’23. Despite playing doubles only twice before, Mikayla displayed amazing confidence on the left wall, setting up her partners for winners and moving around the court like she had been playing for years. All that effort was not enough to overcome The Pittsburgh Golf Club team of David Hillman and Jamie Hilliard, who took the overall win on the doubles court.
Singles squash saw some amazing play, most notably from Lars Barkman, son of Board Member Martin Barkman, and Sam Klaber, former captain of the Bucknell men’s team. While Lars came out victorious in the head to head battle with Sam, it was Sam who pulled out the overall win for his team, the Steel City Stars.
Ultimately, The Pittsburgh Golf Club was able to solidify their win through their fundraising, bringing in over $32,000 from the 6 team members’ efforts. The final team standings are: (Picture of Champs)
- The Pittsburgh Golf Club
- Women All Stars
- Rivers Club
- Steel City Stars
- No Tins Nomads
The weekend was filled with amazing competition and camaraderie, all in the interest of Steel City Squash’s student-athletes. While 7 of our students competed in the Cup, the other 43 students who did not are equally affected by the outcome.
Thank you to our presenting sponsor, ELG Haniel Metals, the other sponsors, and the over 340 individual donors that supported the event. Without your continued contributions, none of our programs would be possible. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you again for next year’s Steel City Cup!