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Elementary schools get new tennis program

A new tennis program, QuickStart Tennis, will be implemented into physical education classes at selected Halifax County elementary schools in the 2012-13 school year. The program comes to the school system from QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia, an all-volunteer, grassroots Community Tennis Association established in 2009 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization to promote, develop and grow QuickStart Tennis in 22 counties and one independent city in Central Virginia for all beginners, especially underserved youth.

Linda Owen, Supervisor of Elementary Instruction and Gifted Education for Halifax County Public Schools said the program is being provided through a grant from the QuickStart Tennis program and that there is no cost to the school system.

Owen said the program will be conducted at the elementary school level and will be conducted as part of the physical education program at selected county schools. The participating schools have not been named.

Physical Education teachers at the selected schools will receive training and will provide the instruction for the program. Equipment will be provided through a grant from QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia.

“We have already established a significant presence in 19 of our original 21 counties and have only 13 schools left to go, so we thought we should reach out to another underserved county,” said Lynda Harrill, QuickStart Tennis Coordinator.

“We are so excited we will be able to have Halifax County jump on the QCV QuickStart bus and come along for the fun. We hope lots of Halifax County residents want to learn about the new kid-sized, play-to-learn format, and help us start a strong tennis tradition there.”

Halifax County has 22 tennis courts, but has little public tennis programming, according to information from QuickStart Tennis of central Virginia.

Through its Jump Start QuickStart Tennis Initiative, QCV trains, equips and supports schools, parks and recreation departments and other community organizations that are committed to teaching and running self-sustaining QuickStart Tennis programs.

QCV’s Service Area includes Albemarle, Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Culpeper, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Fluvanna, Greene, Greensville, Halifax, Louisa, Lunenburg, Madison, Mecklenburg, Nelson, Nottoway, Orange, Prince Edward, Powhatan and Rappahannock counties and the City of Charlottesville.