Project Green Ball, a non-profit corporation promoting recycling of tennis balls, is pleased to announce the contribution by the Brigham Young University Marriott School of Management of 25,000 custom tennis balls. The contribution represents the largest single donation of tennis balls to Project Green Ball to date.
In connection with the Marriott School’s 25th anniversary celebration, the school encouraged students, faculty and alumni to provide 25,000 hours of community service. For each hour of community service performed, the school deposited one custom blue tennis ball etched with the number “25” into a plexiglass “M” container in the school’s atrium. In April, the school achieved its goal of over 25,000 hours of service.
With the service project completed, the school has been searching for a responsible place for disposal of the 25,000 non-biodegradable balls. The Marriott School was excited to discover Project Green Ball’s program for recycling tennis balls into second surfaces. Robert Gardner, an assistant dean of the Marriott School, stated that, “We’re happy that we could celebrate the Marriott spirit to serve by partnering with Project Green Ball. It was a great fit for us to finish our service project by finding a productive home for our tennis balls.”
Benjamin Soloway, founder of Project Green Ball, stated “The contribution of balls from the Marriott School is a landmark donation to PGB. First, it is by far the largest single contribution of balls from any donor. Second, the contribution brings PGB much closer to our initial goal of 200,000 balls. Finally, the significant contribution by such an elite institution reaffirms our mission. We are very grateful for this donation.”
The Marriott School is located at Brigham Young University, the largest privately owned, church-sponsored university in the United States. The school has nationally recognized programs in accounting, business management, public management, information systems, and entrepreneurship. The school’s mission is to prepare men and women of faith, character and professional ability for positions of leadership throughout the world. Approximately 3,000 students are enrolled in the Marriott School’s graduate and undergraduate programs.
Project Green Ball, Inc. 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 organizations servicing people with disabilities or life threatening diseases. Project Green Ball has collected over 177,000 tennis balls for recycling into second surfaces. Two tennis ball-based equestrian turfs are currently in use in therapeutic riding programs.