County dignitaries and QuickStart Tennis director Lynda Harrill gathered at Crozet Elementary School Aug. 29 to cut the ribbon on three QuickStart Tennis courts behind the school. QuickStart courts are smaller than regulation tennis courts and are designed to enable young players to master skills before moving on to the bigger court.
The courts were built with a $65,000 gift from QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia, which is led by the indefatigable Harrill, as well as other contributors. The program has been used in the school’s physical education program for five years. “Crozet Elementary has become a true QuickStart school,” said Harrill buoyantly.
“It’s like a mini-version of the U.S. Open!” said Principal Gwedette Crummie to the crowd, which included the school’s entire third grade class, who were waiting for their chance to get on the courts. Two large tubs of rackets, donated by QuickStart last year, were positioned near the gate.
The school likes Quickstart because it promotes an active and healthy lifestyle, Crummie said, the students report that the program made this year’s summer school “the best ever,” a chorus of “Yes!” answered back from the student ranks.
Crummie is now on QuickStart’s board, too.
Supervisor Ann Mallek praised the project as representing a model sort of private and public alliance. “This has been a great partnership and we are ready for even more,” she said.
Crozet parent Heidi Sonen, who had suggested QuickStart as an after school program, praised Harrill for her “can-do attitude.” Sonen mentioned that her QuickStart-trained daughter is now playing tennis with her 80-year-old grandmother, proof that tennis really is a game for all ages.
The Crozet Lions Club said it will donate picnic tables for the site in the spring. County Parks and Rec staff will handle maintenance of the courts, which were installed A.G. Dillard Company.