Darien Squash, Inc. is a local organization dedicated to the growth and development of squash for young residents of Darien (kindergarten-12th grade).

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Please note that US Squash High School Nationals are scheduled to take place at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center and UPenn in Philadelphia from Feb. 24-26, 2023. This overlaps with the end of the DHS February school break. The players on the boys and girls teams will travel together as a team on Feb. 23, 2022 for this event. Please keep this in mind as you make travel plans! 






The top nine players on the DHS Squash ladder are expected to play. Players 1-7 will be guaranteed matches, player 8-9 will be alternates in the event of illness or injury.


Details for the 2023 US Squash Nationals have been reviewed with players and emailed to parents. 


Arlen Specter US Squash Center and University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 

Start time: Players to be available at venue by 8:00am on Friday, 2/24

*Team travels to Nationals on 2/23


End time: Players to be available until 6:00pm on Sunday, 2/26

The tournament schedule will be posted by US Squash, at that time we will know when each of our teams will have their first match.



 The cost per player is based on accommodations.

Deadline for payments is TBA

The co-pay will not include meals. Players will pay for this with their own cash or credit card. 





Players are expected to arrive in Philadelphia by 10pm on Thursday, February 23 and are expected to stay until the end of matches on Sunday, 2/26.

The hotel is easy walking distance to the Arlen Specter Center and UPenn.


Rooms reservations for all players will be handled by Darien Squash. Players wil be staying that the Sheraton, Universty City. 

Coaches will provide players with team rules re: curfew and other guidelines. Players are to stay together as a team and should not leave the hotel, Arlen Specter Center or restaurant venues on their own.

A limited number of rooms are also available under a Darien Squash room block for parents who wish to attend.  



Parents/spectators are responsible for making their own reservations and travel arrangements. 


Other nearby hotels include:

 The Study

The Inn at Penn, A Hilton Hotel, 3600 Sansom Street

*Also easy walking distance (12 minutes) to the Arlen Specter Center. 

Homewood Suites by Hilton, 4109 Walnut Street

*A bit further away from the Arlen Specter Center (about a 20 minute walk). 



*Teams will have all meals together. Players will need money for breakfasts, lunches and dinners. 

  • Breakfast – players  will go as a team to a local/casual location for breakfast. Players should bring money for this.
  • Lunch – Players should bring money for lunch at the cafe located in the Arlen Specter Center. 
  • Dinner –  Players should bring money for dinners. These will be casual.
    • Depending on interest, a group dinner for parents may be arranged for Saturday night (8pm) at a nearby restaurant. Please email Liz Koons at lkoons@dariensquash.com if you wish to attend. Details to follow.


The University City section of Philadelphia has many food options. Below is a list of some suggestions from parents who have recently visited the area:


Local grocery option:


Heirloom Market- 3401 Chestnut Street. A small, upscale grocery store with some grab and go options including sandwiches and sushi.




During matches: There is a casual cafe located on the second level of the Arlen Specter Center that offers a good assortment of lunch and snack options.


Axis Pizza- 20 S 36th St, Philadelphia. Dine in or take out pizza restaurant. Rec from recent visitors said the white pizza is good, tastes like cheesy garlic bread, but skip the garden salad.


Fuel- 3200 Chestnut - smoothies, salads & acai bowls


Shake Shack- 3200 Chestnut


Boba King- Bubble tea restaurant 3200 Chestnut


Spread Bagels- 3602 Chestnut  Offers a great selection of fresh ball and delicious breakfast and lunch bagels. Really good coffee.


Sang Kee Noodle House- 3549 Chestnut Street. Located in the lobby of the Sheraton, this is a popular Chinese restaurant.


Starbucks - 34th and Walnut


Chipotle - 3400 Lancaster Ave


Ramen Bar- casual Japanese options.3400 Lancaster Ave


Casual Elegant Options:


Louie Louie-3611 Walnut Street. Higher-end French American bistro located in the lobby of the Inn at Penn. Reservations recommended


White Dog - 3420 Sansom Street. The first farm-to-table restaurant in Philadelphia, offers a great menu and is very popular. Reservations recommended.


Co-op in The Study- offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner reservations recommended.




All players are responsible for their personal items. 

Players may NOT charge anything to their hotel rooms. 

Players are all expected to stay with their teamates at all times and should plan to attend/support their teamates matches. When boys are not playing, they will attend the girls' matches and vis versa. 



The Sheraton does not offer guests access to laundry faciltiies, but does have an overnight option for a fee. Please bring extra uniform shirts/shorts/skirts if you have them. We will also bring an extra shirts. 


DHS CONTACT LIST (Cell phones)

Liz Koons (Parent Volunteer) (203) 940-0588


Parents, please remember to take pictures - action shots or non-action shots (video fine too)- and send them to lkoons@dariensquash.com

Finally, it is important to remember that we are the DHS Nationals team so we stay together as a team, we cheer on each other as a team, and we take the bus home as a team... and we have Fun!