Meet Kush Mahan

Kush Mahan Kush Mahan is a 2010 graduate of Bates College, a squash player, and a co-founder of a non-profit organization called The MindBright Foundation.  Bates College, located in Lewiston, Maine, was where Kush Mahan completed his undergraduate education, graduating with a major in psychology.  Kush Mahan was extremely interested in his studies within the field of psychology, and pursued a number of internships and research endeavors outside of his classes in order to expand his knowledge of the field.

Among his impressive internships and research projects is a prestigious internship at the Seattle Children’s Hospital Center, where he did extensive research that sought to pinpoint some novel methods of effective treatment for young people who are living with hydrocephalus.  In 2009, Kush Mahan worked in the well-known Alzheimer Research Laboratory at the University of Chicago, where he assisted with research projects and developed an acute interest in psychological issues specifically  centered on mental health.  Another noteworthy project of  Kush Mahan’s during his college career was his experience conducting research on mindful meditation training at Genesis Psychiatric Residential Home in Lewiston, Maine, close to Bates College.  Meditation is an underutilized method of maintaining one’s mental and  physical well-being, and his time studying this area of psychology allowed him to develop a much deeper interest in the niche of mental health.

Outside of his impressive academic career, Kush Mahan proved himself to be a key player on the Bates College Men’s Squash team throughout the duration of his time at the school.  While Kush’s accolades on the squash courts at Bates College were no doubt impressive, his contribution to the team was not his first time on the squash courts. Kush Mahan grew up with the sport of squash, having played since a young age.  Growing up,  he was a member of the Zimbabwean Junior National Team.  During his time on that team, he ascertained the coveted title of highest-ranked player in the country across several age groups.  He was also a player on the South African Junior National Team.

Upon moving to the United States and beginning education at Bates College, Kush Mahan further expanded upon his squash career and made a name for himself on the squash courts at Bates. As a member of the college’s squash team all four years of his undergraduate career, Kush Mahan earned a number of honors and awards for his impressive play.  In his 2009-10 season, Kush Mahan was the Most Valuable Player of the team.  Within that same season, he was honored with being named the Male Athlete of the Year for Bates College; an award that takes into account every male athlete across all of the sports teams at the College.  The College Squash Association celebrated Kush’s excellent performance on the courts, reporting on his tremendous win over the top-ranked college player from Trinity College.  This upset match was called the biggest story in college squash of that year by the College Squash Association.  The New England Small College Athletic Conference awarded Kush Mahan the title of Player of the Year, a title which included his being awarded academic all-honors.

Kush MahanUpon graduating from Bates College, Kush Mahan continued to play squash.  He participated in a professional squash tour based in the United States the year he graduated, earning a ranking among the top-ten players in the entirety of the tour.  He is also a member of the Kenyan National Training Program, hoping to represent the team by  competing in the Commonwealth Games.  Kush Mahan is continuing to pursue his higher education and will be working towards earning his Master’s Degree in Public/Global health at Columbia University, in New York City.  Despite being extremely busy with his studies, Kush Mahan has recently co-founded a non-profit organization called MindBright Foundation.  The MindBright Foundation aims to partner with fellow non-profit organizations in order to implement plans for improving and expanding upon mental healthcare for individuals in low-income neighborhoods, primarily in Harlem and the Bronx.