"Keep Eye On Ball" - A special film event, produced by newportFILM, to benefit our friends at RhodySquash.
Wine reception begins at 6:00pm with film screening at 7:00pm.
Tickets: $30, to benefit RhodySquash programs.
Keep Eye on Ball: The Hashim Khan Story traces the extraordinary life of the father of modern squash, Pakistan's first national hero and a proud Pashtun. In 1951, four years after the partition of India and Pakistan, 37-year-old Hashim was permitted to enter the British Open. Virtually unknown at the time, he upended the elite squash world by winning the first of his seven British Open titles. He went on to create the "Khan Dynasty" - teaching his brother, cousins and sons the game, and turning them all into champions.
Hashim started out as a ball boy at the open-roofed courts of the Peshawar British Officers' Club. A bare-footed Hashim spent hours perfecting the skills that would carry him to international fame, granting him entry into the most exclusive private clubs in England and the United States.
Keep Eye on Ball is more than the remarkable story of this squash legend. It goes beyond the four walls of the squash court, tracing Hashim's story from a turbulent moment in the history of three nations - England, India and Pakistan - to his life as a Muslim in post-9/11 America. The documentary includes rare footage of the Khyber Pass and the remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Northwest Frontier Province of Pakistan.