Crozet Elementary Students Welcome Tennis To School

CROZET, Va.--It was the fastest ribbon cutting ever, and that is because students at Crozet Elementary School were ready to play some tennis on their new courts.

“I just like hitting the ball. It just has a good feeling when I hit it with a racket,” said third grader Luke Reifenberger when asked what he likes about tennis.

It took a year and the skills of Quickstart Tennis of Central Virginia to raise $65,000 from more than a dozen generous donors, but these students can now enjoy these tennis courts for years to come.

"It means the fruition of a lot of hard work to get this done," said Quickstart Founder, Vice President and Coordinator, Lynda Harrill.

Quickstart is an all-volunteer, non-profit that serves 23 Virginia Counties and the City of Charlottesville and has put tennis in 140 schools, but the number that is most impressive is the 67,000 students that now have the ability to learn how to play tennis in those schools.

"I think tennis is the perfect vehicle to teach kids a lot of different skills, not only motor skills and racket skills, but life skills, social skills, academic skills and a lot of things that they don't necessarily get at home today," said Harrill.

Crozet Principal Gwedette Crummie said becoming a tennis school will no doubt help her students physically and academically, but these courts will serve another group as well.

"When school is all said and done, people come out and they use our outdoor spaces to play and have fun, and picnics and talk with families, so I just think that whole engagement with the community is what is so special to me," said Crummie.

Regarding community, the Crozet Lion's Club has donated picnic tables to give folks a place to sit when they take in a match.

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