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When Bob Ontiveros heard the Quad City Tennis Club (QCTC) in Moline was going to be sold to become warehouse space in 2018, the local business and philanthropic giant thought of his tennis-playing grandchildren and great-grandchildren before asking his son Chris, “Can you save this place?” Unfortunately, the elder Mr. Ontiveros died in February 2022 before receiving the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) answer to that question. The QCTC was recognized in mid-August in the annual Outstanding Facility Awards program from the sport’s national governing body. Chris Ontiveros and his wife Pam Ontiveros received the USTA award at the pro tennis tournament the Western & South Open in Cincinnati because of their efforts to not only keep the club alive — but thriving after a major renovation project. “It wasn’t just Chris and I — this was a real team effort transforming this into the sort of state-of-the-art tennis facility we’ve seen in our travels,” Ms. Ontiveros said. “Hopefully, (the award) gives us some attention in our area, too, because I feel like a lot of people don’t even really know about us.” QCTC Club Director Kourtni Barnes can relate. The Rock Island-born and Coal Valley-raised 2009 Orion High School graduate admits she never knew the facility existed before looking to return home before the birth of her first child last October. A Madison College (Wisconsin) graduate in recreation management, Ms. Barnes was administrator of the soccer and adaptive programs for Madison Schools and Recreation when a mutual family friend introduced her to the Ontiveros’ who were seeking a post-pandemic facility director for the longtime tennis club. “I was a soccer and basketball player in high school,” Ms. Barnes explained. “I never picked up a racket until I got here, so I never really knew about this facility growing up. “Even now, when I’m asked what I’m doing now, there are still people out there who have no clue what I’m talking about. So, this is a hidden gem, and that’s part of my mission now is to spread the word that we are here and it’s more accessible than you think.”