The Week So Far… Session 8A!

It’s Week 8 and things are going great!

On Sunday we kicked things off with our Opening Campfire where we saw a hilarious depiction of how animals eat their food as well as some funny counselor impersonations, a song about bananas, impressive dance offs and more.

Our week began with a bit of a wet and rainy Monday, but that didn’t dampen our spirits – we still had plenty of time for fun with dodgeball and noodle hockey tournaments in the gym, a special event of Mock Olympics and some bonding time with our cabin mates and counselors. Monday’s evening activity was a cozy movie-watching session in the Dining Hall with all our new friends.

On Tuesday the sun shone brightly and everyone had the chance to try a full day of activities including free swim in the lake or the pool. On Tuesday evening the Seniors enjoyed a very competitive game of Counselor Hunt while the Juniors had a rocking Pool Party! Whatever we do at Camp Friendship, it’s always a good time.

Wednesday was our third day of activities, and the fun just keeps going. We’re all very excited for our very special evening activities tonight – instead of dinner in the Dining Hall we’ll be having a camp-wide cookout, and then we’ll all watch the big soccer match against Triple C, our day camp friends from nearby Charlottesville.

This friendly soccer game is an annual tradition for our counselors, and every year our soccer team is ‘sponsored’ by a different camp celebrity. This year it’s Owner Alina Ackenbom’s turn! Our soccer shirts are tennis-ball green in honor of Alina’s passion for tennis and her successful tennis program that brings campers from all over the world to improve their game. We hope this brings our team luck in the game tonight – be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up-to-date with the score!

QCV Receives USTA/Mid-Atlantic President’s Award

Charlottesville, Virginia (12/4/2013) – QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia, Inc. (QCV) recently received a President’s Award at the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section (MAS) Awards luncheon at the Westin Dulles Hotel, held in conjunction with the MAS Annual Meeting. Over 250 USTA members attended the event, emceed by Leon Harris, award-winning evening news anchor in Washington, DC. MAS President John Raker presented the award to Lynda Harrill, QCV Vice President, QuickStart Coordinator and Founder.

Raker said, “President’s Awards are only given to recognize those making exceptional contributions to the United States Tennis Association’s mission to promote and develop the growth of tennis. QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia has taken tennis to over 64,000 kids in 136 schools in 22 counties in central and southern Virginia in the last four years. They have pioneered many best practices and led the charge to reach out to formerly underserved areas. They have exposed kids to tennis who would have never had the opportunity to benefit from our lifetime sport. USTA Mid-Atlantic is grateful for their work and tennis contributions.”4PS_5477

Harrill adds, “We are deeply honored to be recognized by USTA Mid-Atlantic for what we have done to grow tennis in formerly underserved rural areas in central Virginia. USTA Mid-Atlantic has also helped us greatly with their financial support. It’s hard to believe over four years have passed since we formed QCV, set out on our mission and made it possible for more than 64,000 kids to learn to play tennis in school today. It’s been a lot of FUN for all, and there’s plenty more FUN to come!”

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QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia is an all-volunteer, grassroots Community Tennis Association established in 2009 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization to promote, develop and grow QuickStart Tennis in 23 counties and one independent city in central Virginia for all beginners, especially underserved youth.

QCV’s Service Area includes Albemarle, Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Culpeper, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Fluvanna, Greene, Greensville, Halifax, Louisa, Lunenburg, Madison, Mecklenburg, Nelson, Nottoway, Orange, Prince Edward, Powhatan and Rappahannock counties and the City of Charlottesville.

Visit QCV at: www.quickstartcentral.org and on Facebook.