Squash tournament honors Harriton High grad killed in plane crash

Jim Melwert
November 28, 2019 - 4:30 am
Kiran Khurana's squash teammates

Courtesy of Sheryl Bartos

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Kiran Khurana is remembered for her work ethic and her never-give-up attitude on the squash court.

“She chased down balls that I was like, ‘I don’t think she’s gonna get that,’ and she would,” recalled coach Sheryl Bartos. “For me, someone with a lot of tenacity is what would memorialize her the best.” 

Khurana, who graduated in 2018 from Harriton High School, was killed in a plane crash with her parents in August. The plane, piloted by Khurana’s father, went down in Lower Moreland.

Bartos organized The Kiran Cup, a squash tournament in Khurana’s memory, who played squash since she was in elementary school. The tournament will benefit the Kiran Khurana Scholarship Fund, which has already raised $55,000.

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For many of Khurana’s friends and teammates, this was their first experience dealing with the death of a peer.

“After it happened, all of her teammates started texting each other saying, ‘What could we do to remember her and do something in her honor?’ And as a result, this tournament came about,” she said.

Bartos recalled Khurana had a tight-knit family. Even though both her parents were doctors, one of them always made it to watch their daughter play.

But The Kiran Cup isn’t just about the competition. It’s a chance for everyone to be together.

“It’s a chance to be together and remember someone who was a vital part of their team and a vital part of their community,” Bartos added. “She was a great student. She had a very close family. It’s a good way to remember and think about how lucky we are as a community to be able to support each other like this.”

The tournament will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday at The Cynwyd Club. 

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To donate to the Kiran Khurana Scholarship Fund, click “CONTRIBUTE TO A SPECIAL AWARD” on the Lower Merion Township Scholarship Fund website. After donating, use the drop-down menu to select “Kiran Khurana Scholarship.”