Dick Daly Service Award
Dick Daly began playing squash at the age of 15. Shortly after moving to Seattle in 1965, Dick helped organize the Seattle Squash Racquets Association. Over many years, Dick has served many roles in the SSRA including President, Vice-president, and Secretary. Dick and his wife Mary edited the newsletter for close to twenty years. Dick's accomplishments on the court are many including at least fourteen national titles (both softball and hardball), playing in the main draw at the British Open (55+ age group). Dick now lives in Arizona. When in Seattle, Dick can be found running his opponent around on the court and still attending SSRA meetings. This award recognizes the selfless commitment of this single individual to the local squash community.
Kate is a committed and diligent individual who has brought Squash to a number of young adults from most deserving communities in Seattle neighborhoods through Seattle Urban Squash. She has not only adopted Squash as her sport of choice but also used it as a vehicle to inspire our students to scale new heights in their academic achievements and future college plans. Working as Executive Director for Seattle Urban Squash, she not only manages its daily program – organizing Squash or Tutoring sessions, transport schedules, Field Trips, parent, teacher interactions; but she also organizes fundraising events, manages bookkeeping and accounts, grant applications and an impatient board of directors. And she does it all with a smile and a great sense of calm. Her round the clock efforts to make a substantial impact on the lives of so many through Squash, make her a deserving recipient of the Dick Daly Service award.
During the inception of the squash club at the University of Washington in 2003, up to present, Mike has been instrumental as a faculty advisor, mentor and organizer of the undergraduate traveling team. He has devoted countless hours here in Seattle as well as on the road at the annual tournaments at the Naval Academy, Berkeley and at Nationals. To further assist the development of the players, he has enlisted top level players to coach the students at practice and has also played an outstanding role in facilitating the UW undergraduate players and the UW faculty players' participation in the annual Seattle City League. We thank him for his many terrific years of service to the Seattle squash community.