WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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103 f a l l 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e above: Campbell Brown and Sydney Soloway at Dana Hall for a SquashCares sewing event Sydney Soloway Squash Player Sydney Soloway, a student at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, rallied more than 100 volun- teers on a sunny spring Saturday in her school's fencing studio to sew 12 "ball blankets" filled with squash balls. These therapeutic blankets calm youth who have autism or ADHD through the weight of the balls against their bodies. Turning her love of squash into an avenue to help others, Sydney started the nonprofit SquashCares in September of 2014 when she was a freshman in high school. Over the past cou- ple of years, SquashCares has crafted 22 fleece-covered ball blankets for kids who could benefit from the blanket's sensory stimulation and soothing effect—all while saving about 5,000 used squash balls from generating 276 pounds of landfill waste. The squash enthusiast learned about the ball blankets while reading an article about a squash club in Oulu, Finland, and the idea instantly appealed to Sydney as her two cousins have signifi- cant developmental delays. SquashCares has donated its blankets to organizations including the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism; The Cooperative for Human Services; Toward Independent Living and Learning; the Autism Alliance of MetroWest; Cardinal Cushing Centers; and the John Silber Early Learning Center; as well as to individuals (even one outside the United States in Jordan). "It's really about helping people with the sport I love."

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