RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Over 150 fourth and fifth graders from the Richmond area convened at the Mary and Frances Youth Center at VCU Thursday for the 3rd annual Young Aces Open.
The event marks the continual partnership between VCU's Center for Sport leadership, the Lobs & Lessons program, the Richmond Tennis Association and Richmond elementary schools to provide local students with the opportunity to play in the world's largest QuickStart Tennis (QST) tournament.
QST is a teaching format that uses foam balls, smaller rackets and modified courts that allows children to feel more confident and experience the game more positively. At the Young Aces Open, children showcase the tennis skills they have been practicing during school in their phys ed classes.
27 Richmond public schools each sent three boys and three girls in the event to play mixed doubles. In addition to playing matches, the children went through various tennis challenges and educational stations provided by the sponsors of the event.
85 volunteers helped to put on the third annual event.