Squash became a part of Hamilton's athletic tradition in the 1940s with the construction of the Alumni Gymnasium. In 1980 the sport earned intercollegiate varsity status. Both the men’s and women’s teams enjoyed noteworthy success throughout the years; however, a setback came in 1993 when the U.S. adopted the international standard for squash, widening the court from 18.5 feet to 21 feet. As a result, all matches had to be played “away” and the College began losing promising squash players to other institutions.
George F. “Jeff” Little ’71 saw this as a problem — especially after his son Brad ’04 came to the Hill and joined the varsity squash team — and, as he has done throughout the years for his alma mater, stepped up to address the situation. Thanks to a gift from Little and his wife Claudia, this fall the College opened 10 regulation-size squash courts, two of which provide exhibition gallery seating.
Little is president and chief operating officer of George Little Management, LLC, the largest producer and marketer of tradeshows for consumer goods in North America — a company started by his grandfather. A trustee of the College since 1993, he has chaired the Annual Fund and consecutive capital campaign efforts for the College: The New Century Campaign, which raised $108 million from 1996-2001, and the current Excelsior campaign, scheduled to conclude in 2008 with a goal of $175 million.