We've grown kid-sized tennis in Virginia from the ground up . . .
QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia (QCV), an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) public charity, has taken the kid-sized QuickStart Tennis "play to learn" format to 27 formerly underserved counties in central and southside Virginia. Our goal is to create happy, healthy and active kids in the communities we serve.
COVID-19 UPDATE - Since public schools in Albemarle County are using virtual learning for the foreseeable future and we can't work with kids in-person, we have found other ways to positively impact kids' lives. For the upcoming school year, we will be emphasizing nutrition with Go Bananas! and promoting childhood literacy for preschoolers and kindergartners with Racquets for Reading!!! (RFR). Through RFR partnerships with schools and funding partners, we aim to get Go Bananas! materials, books and other giveaways to almost 1,100 preschool and kindergarten students. We are partnering with the UVA Women's Tennis Team to create videos of the players and coaches reading the books, so the kids can read along at home. We have received a donation of books for the 222 preschool kids from Brian Calhoun, author of Little Joe Chickapig, who happens to live here. THANK YOU Brian!!! He already has a video the kids will love! The Wawa Foundation and the QuickStart Tennis Fund in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation have already made grants for RFR. We have more plans to continue to enrich kids' lives, so check back often to see what we're doing for our QuickStart kids.
WHY do tennis players like to read? Find out here.
We keep score!!! In September 2008 there was one "pilot" school in Albemarle County (Greer ES). We held a 10-year celebration at Greer in September 2018. Today there are 212 QuickStart schools with tennis in PE classes in 27 counties and 3 independent cities reaching 99,000 kids in central and southside Virginia!!! We have deepened our impact with BrightSTARS -- Tennis for Me! in a dozen schools so far. Plus we've taken tennis to PE classes in another 37 schools with 16,000 students in communities outside our service area.
Through local community partnerships we can get QuickStart Tennis going just about anywhere!!! Let us know if we can help in your community.
Thanks to the USTA's new Net Generation Initiative, schools, parks & recreation departments and youth-based organizations can now qualify for free training and equipment. Check it out here.
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What is QuickStart Tennis? QuickStart Tennis is a kid-sized, age-appropriate format that makes it easy for kids ages three and up to learn a lifelong sport. Tennis has always taught kids valuable character-building life skills like integrity, sportsmanship, dedication, determination and teamwork. With QuickStart Tennis, the teaching approach changed from traditional instruction to "play to learn" with a competency progression. Kids can experience success early on. QuickStart adds FUN fitness and conditioning activities that work on agility, balance, coordination, footwork and reaction time. QCV is helping create "play pathways" in the communities we serve to get kids playing tennis in PE classes, after-school and out-of-school. Kids have so much FUN with QuickStart that they don't even know they're learning, and they're learning a lot. QuickStart brings out the best in kids naturally.
Our Service Area
Service Area: Counties: Albemarle, Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Charlottesville (City), Culpeper, Cumberland, Danville (City), Dinwiddie, Fluvanna, Franklin, Greene, Greensville, Halifax, Henry, Louisa, Lunenburg, Madison, Martinsville (City), Mecklenburg, Nelson, Nottoway, Orange, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Rappahannock
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QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.