Jump Start QuickStart in City of Danville
The City of Danville is QCV's second independent city and 26th community added to our Service Area. With a population of 43,000 in 43 square miles, Danville is home to six elementary and two middle schools which serve 4,400 students. Training for Danville was held in October 2015. David Black, PE teacher at Park Avenue Elementary, was given an equipment package and curriculum kit after the training session.
In January 2016, QCV received a $3,000 grant from the James Russell & Zora Carter Anderson Fund in the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region. Equipment was purchased for five elementary schools -- Forest Hills, Gibson, Johnson, Schoolfield and Woodberry Hills.
In January 2017, a second grant from the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region in the amount of $4,000 was received. A portion of those funds was used to purchase equipment for Bonner and Westwood Middle Schools and Danville Parks & Recreation.
The Boys & Girls Club (one site) and Averett University community outreach tennis program. An additional $1,300 needs to be raised to equip those two sites.
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Danville Tennis Pathway Time Line
- October 2015 -- Training for Danville PE teachers and community members
- October 2015 -- Park Avenue ES equipped
- January 2016 -- Grant received from Community Foundation of Dan River Region
- January 2016 -- Forest Hills, Gibson, Johnson, Schoolfield and Woodberry Hills ES equipped
- April 2016 -- Rusty Lovell, USPTA-certified tennis professional, joins Stratford Tennis Club (STC)
- June 2016 -- Danville Family YMCA pilot program at STC
- September 2016 -- Equipment grant to Sacred Heart Catholic School
- October 2016 -- BrightSTARS - Tennis for Me! at Grove Park Preschool
- December 2016 -- Hometown Tennis after-school program at Sacred Heart
- January 2017 -- Grant received from Community Foundation of Dan River Region
Park Avenue Elementary students LOVE their new equipment!
Kids at Woodberry Hills Elementary with their new equipment -- February 2016. Look at those smiles!!! PE teacher Jay Rojas, a former tennis professional, also coaches the Boys' Team at George Washington High School. He's "filling the pipeline" with new players!!!
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Tennis is rocking the gym at E. A. Gibson Elementary thanks to the Community Foundation.
Lots of QuickStart smiles!!!
The Stratford Tennis Club (STC) is the epicenter of QuickStart Tennis in Danville. Neda Haymore, a founding member, has been teaching kids using the QuickStart format for several years. In April 2016 she was joined by Rusty Lovell, USPTA-certified tennis professional and native of nearby Martinsville, who played college tennis at Radford University. After 14 years teaching tennis in South Carolina and California, Rusty wanted to return home. We are so happy he did! Rusty totally understands how tennis can benefit kids on so many levels, and he is all about community outreach. Rusty is partnering with us to get tennis going in PE classes in Danville, Pittsylvania County, Martinsville and Henry County and start building a pathway of tennis programming for kids. Rusty stepped up first thing to work with kids from a pilot program at the Danville Family YMCA, pictured on-court below at STC. Thank you Randy for coming home!!!