All first, second and third graders at Crozet Elementary School were given tennis racquets and balls from QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia, Inc. on Nov. 8, thanks to a generous grant from the Smyth Foundation Fund in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.
Crozet Elementary is one of six “next level” schools QCV has “adopted.” Next-level schools are encouraged to supplement tennis in PE classes with after-school instructional programs, kids’ tennis clubs and school-based junior tennis teams.
“When QCV started, we focused on getting tennis into schools in every county in our service area,” said QuickStart coordinator Lynda Harrill. “Once that was accomplished in August 2012, we turned our attention to building a tennis programming pathway at select schools. Crozet Elementary was chosen for several reasons. Principal Gwedette Crummie and PE Teachers Dawn Laine and Drew Maynard are QuickStart Tennis fans, and Matilda Blue Tennis, a local tennis instruction provider, has an established after-school program there.” Also considered were the school’s location in a growth area and the school’s high percentage of free- or reduced-lunch students as compared to the three other elementary schools in the western Albemarle feeder pattern, she said. Crozet Elementary joins Yancey and Greer Elementaries as tennis pathway schools in Albemarle County.