Five clubs and individuals contributed 5,425 balls to Project Green Ball. PGB has now collected or has commitments for 75,632 tennis balls.
Leading the way is Pine Brook Country Club with 1,925 balls donated. Mt. Auburn Club contributed another 1,400 balls. And Longwood Cricket Club contributed 800 balls. Thanks again to Jimmy Sharton at Pine Brook, Sheryl Maskell at Mt. Auburn and Tim Smith at Longwood for their support of the program.
In Farmington, Connecticut, Will Appleton collected 1,300 balls as one of his Bar Mitzvah projects. Will collected balls from Farmington Farms Racquet Club (200) and Farmington Valley Racquet Club (200) and the rest were from his tennis playing family (900). Will is a seventh grader at Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, Connecticut and plays on the varsity tennis team there. A great picture of Will with his collected tennis balls is below.
We love the idea of Will’s Mitzvah (good deed) project and we are pleased that we were able to offer a program to which he could donate. Last we checked, that’s a mitzvah, too!
Speaking of opportunities to donate and volunteer, please keep in mind Project Green Ball’s service project on Global Youth Service Day, a campaign of Youth Service America. The Nashua Swim & Tennis Club and the Brown/Billone Club are participating in this service project at their USTA Junior doubles tennis tournaments on April 27 and 28. Nashua will be holding a boy and girls Level 6 doubles tournament for 12, 14, 16 and 18 age groups. Brown/Billone will be holding a boy and girls Level 7 doubles tournament for 12, 14, 16 and 18 age groups.
All balls used in each of the tournaments will be donated to Project Green Ball. We encourage all competitors to bring their dead balls from home and donate them to Project Green Ball. A collection bin and information about Project Green Ball will be available at the tournament. The first 50 competitors donating 15 or more dead balls will receive a Wilson tennis towel.
If you want to help staff our exhibition table at a tournament please reach out to Ben Soloway at firstname.lastname@example.org. The first 10 under age 12 kids who help staff our table will receive a tennis towel.