Project Green Ball, Inc. organized and facilitated a grant of $10,000 from the UPS Foundation to EquiCenter in order to purchase a tennis ball-based surface for its indoor riding arena. EquiCenter will purchase the ball-based surface from Project Green Ball’s turf manufacturing partner IGK Equestrian. The installation of the turf represents the second ball-based turf installed by IGK Equestrian in riding arenas. The first turf was installed at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA.
Project Green Ball is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission it is to recycle used tennis balls and to donate surfaces based on the recycled balls to programs for people with disabilities. Once PGB collects and delivers 200,000 balls to IGK Equestrian, they will donate a ball-based turf to a therapeutic riding program. So far PGB has collected over 106,000 dead balls from over 45 tennis clubs, facilities, teams and tournaments.
EquiCenter, located in Honeoye Falls, NY, fosters the personal growth and individual achievement of people with disabilities, at-risk youth, Veterans, and their families using a wide range of therapeutic equestrian activities. The new turf replaces a badly out of date and worn riding surface, thereby providing a safer, more comfortable environment for EquiCenter’s 200 volunteers, 150 participants and 20 horses by reducing airborne dust and improving support, stability, traction and cushioning. In addition, the new surface will save EquiCenter’s resources by reducing the staff and volunteer time used in dragging and watering the current surface, as well as the fuel and water costs associated with these activities.
The new turf will be a productive resting place for approximately 10,000 tennis balls which would otherwise have been disposed of in landfills. The use of balls in the riding surface reduces approximately 1,400 pounds of solid waste from landfills. EquiCenter’s installation of a tennis ball-based turf is a second proof point of the feasibility of recycling tennis balls.
If you operate or know of a therapeutic riding center which could benefit from a ball-based turf, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can discuss ways in which we can work together.