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QuickSTARS, an initiative of QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia, identifies current and former QuickStart kids who are on the competitive portion of the tennis pathway.
These kids are playing in sanctioned junior tennis tournaments and have the potential to succeed. QCV wants to encourage and help create QuickStart Breakout Kids by recognizing their progress and accomplishments and showing QCV support.
QCV is looking for kids who have demonstrated a strong commitment and ability to play tennis and who love the sport - kids with a competitive, passionate "tennis heart." Sportsmanship, determination, integrity and dedication are other player characteristics QCV wants to foster, reinforce and reward in QuickSTARS.
Working with local QuickStart coaches and instructors, QCV identifies these kids and provide stipends for them to play in junior tournaments. Our first stipends were awarded to three players in April 2015.
Our latest stipends have been awarded to Blythe Sturman, now age 13, (pictured on left below) and Ilyas Fahim, now age 16, two juniors who are rising quickly in the rankings. We've known these kids since they were using a 19-inch racquet! We love seeing them grow up and succeed!
Earlier Stipend Recipients
Ten-year old Vivi Hui (pictured above left) attained the #1 ranking in Girls 10U in the Mid-Atlantic Section and is currently ranked #11 in Girls 12U and #91 in Girls 14U. (5/31/2016) In September 2015 Vivi won her first 14U title. She grabbed another in December. Joshua Johnson (above right) is currently ranked #5 in Boys 10U. (5/31/2016) Jenna Glowatch (above left) and Nicole King (above right) pictured with Coach Alina Ackenbom are currently ranked #72 and #74 respectively in Girls 10U. (10/27/2015)
2016 QuickSTARS stipend recipient QuickSTAR Lillian Peskova played in the Girls 12U L5 tournament at Boar's Head Sports Club in May 2016. Lillian had a tough draw and had to play the #1 seed in the first round. Lillian, a newcomer to tournaments, is currently ranked #128 in Girls 12U. (5/31/2016) Lillian is coached by QuickStart PRO Alina Ackenbom of Friendship Tennis Academy in Fluvanna County.
Lillian in action