Reyna Success Story

Columbia University

Reyna was born in Tijuana, Mexico and grew up in City Heights, San Diego. Reyna was admitted to the Preuss School UCSD in the 6th grade. Her attendance to Preuss afforded her the opportunity to join Access Youth Academy and learn to play the game of Squash. At first Reyna did not see college as a possible avenue. However, it did not take long for her to fall in love with the sport of Squash. Due to the transformative nature of the sport and the urban squash program known as Access Youth Academy, Reyna began to focus on excelling in the classroom and on the court. She began to believe in the possibility of college and a lot more. In 2013, Reyna traveled to the home of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland. With the help of James Willstrop, the former Squash world champion, she petitioned the IOC to induct Squash as an official sport of the Olympics. With the support of Access, Reyna’s desire for excellence became her norm. She attended Columbia University and went on to become the first Urban Squash player to represent her community as a professional athlete.

“Access gave me the tools to succeed. I look forward to contributing to my community”