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Quickstart Tennis Installing Courts at Crozet Elementary

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Crozet Elementary students receive tennis rackets from Quickstart Tennis Crozet Elementary students receive tennis rackets from Quickstart Tennis

Some lucky elementary school students in Crozet are set to get a big addition to their school - and Friday, they got some new equipment to go with it.

Crozet Elementary School will have three, new 36-foot tennis courts this coming spring. Friday, students received a kid-sized racket and a set of tennis balls from a foundation working to get them active.

Quickstart Tennis of Central Virginia donated all the goodies, and got a lot of smiles in return.

"Tennis is really a great, lifetime sport and so we want to start as many kids on it as early as we can,” said Lynda Harrill of Quickstart Tennis.

Crozet Elementary's principal Gwedette Crummie says there aren't many public areas for students to play tennis, and the donation will introduce many of them to a new sport.

"Quickstart's donation and partnership is just a huge, wonderful contribution to our school because it really helps us promote a healthy lifestyle and it's a great community partnership as it builds relationships with our kids to be active, and tennis is probably the best sport I can imagine that gives you a full-body fitness,” said Crummie.

This spring, when the courts are completed, tennis will be incorporated into gym class. The courts Quickstart is installing are less than half the size of normal courts, the rackets are smaller, and the balls are larger so they don't bounce nearly as high.

Crozet Elementary is the third school in Albemarle County to receive a donation from Quickstart, joining Greer and Yancey elementaries. Quickstart says the programs at those schools are a big success.

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