Chicago Crain’s – With $1 million in potential winnings, Guggenheim CEO Mark Walter aims to spur interest in the first world squash tournament ever played in Chicago. That’s the purse he’s agreed to provide as a sponsor of the event. The Professional Squash Association is holding its world championship tournament in Chicago for the first time, beginning Feb. 23 and continuing through the championship games on March 2 at multiple venues in the city, including Union Station’s Great Hall and the University Club of Chicago.
Walter, who leads the worldwide asset management firm from Chicago and is a part-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, isn’t a squash player himself, but he was taken with the game when he and his wife Kimbra attended a pro match in 2015 at the Windy City Open. “We supported and attended the event and were blown away by the talent level, athleticism and grit of these great players,” Walter said in an emailed statement through a spokeswoman. “Anyone who comes to see the matches with these incredible athletes will be hooked on watching them.”
PS – You better believe I’m attending the World Squash Championships in Chicago. That’s, as we would call in real sports, a slam dunk.