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Patrick County

Jump Start QuickStart in Patrick County

New Tennis Players at Patrick Springs Primary School

Patrick County is QCV's 26th county and 29th community served. There are six public elementary and middle schools --- four K-7, one K-3 and one 4-7 with almost 2,000 students spread over 485 square miles in the county of 18,000 residents. There are three tennis courts at Patrick County High School where both boys and girls high school teams play and seven courts at four parks in the county. Unlike many other counties we serve, there are several public tennis facilities.

Our Jump Start QuickStart model is train, equip and support schools and other youth-centric organizations that incorporate kid-sized tennis into the curriculum and/or enrichment activities. We provide free training and raise funds to buy equipment. We try to remove all barriers to entry for schools and youth organizations. We want to get kids moving and learning a lifetime sport.
Training for Patrick County PE teachers and community members was held on August 8, 2016 at Patrick County High School. Patrick Springs Primary was given a set of equipment. Schools will share until we can equip them all.

After training, two schools showed interest in piloting BrightSTARS - Tennis for Me! in their prekindergarten classes -- Meadows of Dan ES (15 students) and Patrick Springs Primary (29 students). It will cost an additional $1,050 above the $5,340 already budgeted for Jump Start to implement BrightSTARS at the two schools. A grant has been received from the Martinsville Area Community Foundation to fund BrightSTARS.

Jump Start QuickStart Budget for Patrick County

It usually costs ~$650 to purchase 36 racquets, two portable nets and six dozen balls for one site. Because Patrick County has four "combined" schools, the number of racquets for those schools needs to be increased, so they can have appropriate size racquets for all students.

Equipment Needed:
   Four K-7 schools                      $ 3,120                54 racquets, two portable nets, nine dozen balls
   One K-3 school                             650                36 racquets, two portable nets, six dozen balls
   One 4-7 school                             680                36 racquets, two portable nets, nine dozen balls
   Lesson plans (6)                           240                USTA Curriculum Kits
                                               $ 4,690                It will cost $2.35 per student to equip all six schools

Patrick County Recreation                  650
                       Total                  $ 5,340

Equipment Purchased:
   Contributed by QCV                     (650)                 Patrick Springs Primary (at training session)
   USTA Mid-Atlantic                       (780)                 Stuart Elementary
   USTA Mid-Atlantic                       (780)                 Woolwine Elementary
                     To be raised          $3,130

BrightSTARS - Tennis for Me! Pilot for Patrick County
Equipment for Dan Meadows             $  450        Grant for $1,000 received from Martinsville Area Community
Equipment for Patrick Springs               450         Foundation (MACF)
Go Bananas! materials                      150
                     Total                      $1,050

Best THANK YOU note EVER!!!!


If you would like to help us get kid-sized tennis going in Patrick County, please email: quickstartcentral@comcast.net



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