QuickStart tennis celebrates 10th anniversary

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Barbara Watson volunteered Greer Elementary school to a pilot school for a new program to teach students tennis in September 2008. She was back on hand helping lead the festivities Tuesday.

QuickStart Tennis celebrated its 10th anniversary Tuesday at Greer Elementary.

"It's just been crazy," co-founder Lynda Harrill said. "If someone told me 10 years ago that this is what I was going to do, I would have told them, well, it sounds like a good idea, but I think I'm a little old."

Since 2008, QuickStart has expanded well past Greer. At the start of the 2018-19 school year, the program was in 243 school with 110,000 students.

"We really have had fun and that's why we wanted to commemorate because this is really what started it, right here with Greer," Harrill added.

"The best part just is to see young kids get introduced to tennis," said QuickStart president Alina Ackenbom. "I started tennis when I was a young child. I was six years old and to see smiles on kids faces and racquets in their hands, that brings me a lot of joy."

QuickStart is in 31 counties in Central Virginia.