New Milestones in Tennis Ball Recycling

In case you missed it, this past week marked two exciting milestones in tennis ball recycling.  Together with our partner, IGK Equestrian, Project Green Ball facilitated the donation of an equestrian turf to The Shared Living Collaborative (SLC) in Merrimac, MA. The turf, holding 100,000 dead tennis balls collected by Project Green Ball, will be used for therapeutic riding for people with disabilities. The SLC turf was donated by IGK as a result of an agreement between Project Green Ball and IGK that upon the delivery of 200,000 dead balls to IGK, IGK would donate a riding surface to a therapeutic riding program.  This turf represents the third installed tennis ball based riding surface.  The other two are located at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA and EquiCenter in Honeoye Falls, NY and are also used for therapeutic riding.

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In addition, this past week Advanced Polymer Technologies and Ace Surfaces installed 8 cushioned tennis court in Tenafly, NJ with a shock pad that absorbs up to 10,000 recycled tennis balls in a single tennis court! Project Green Ball contributed 25,000 balls to the research and development efforts for the courts.  Similar to the equestrian program for every 200,000 balls Project Green Ball contributes to the tennis court recycling program, Ace Surfaces will donate a cushioned tennis court surface or sports court to a non-profit organization.

Simon Lofts from HABU®, one of the original driving forces for recycling of old tennis balls into courts, said “this is precisely the sort of pioneering collaboration we strive for, and is needed, to achieve more sustainable resource use and recycling of these types of difficult-to-recycle products.”

In connection with PGB’s collection efforts for tennis courts, PGB is teaming with the Shared Living Collaborative to serve as a collection and staging point for the receipt of tennis balls.  Disabled persons working at SLC will receive and help store the balls until such time as the balls are delivered to the manufacturer or staging location for processing.  In return for the Shared Living Collaborative’s efforts, once 200,000 balls are shipped from SLC for tennis courts, a sports court will be donated by Ace Surfaces to the SLC.  Contributors of balls to this project will be eligible to receive a receipt from Project Green Ball for tax deductibility purposes. Project Green Ball is proud to team with the Shared Living Collaborative and Ace Surfaces to offer this unique and innovative program to provide value to people with disabilities and to help the environment at the same time.

If you have balls to drop off at the SLC, please reach out to info@projectgreenball.org to coordinate your drop off.

ace courtsace surfacesThanks to all our volunteers and contributors, especially Wilson Sporting Goods which facilitated the contribution of over 50,000 dead balls, The Longfellow Clubs (including the Natick Racket Club and the Longfellow Club in Wayland and the New England Academy of Tennis) which altogether contributed 50,000 balls, and the Brigham Young University Marriott School of Business which contributed 25,000 balls.  Thanks, as well, to the over 90 clubs, tennis facilities, schools and camps and hundreds of individuals who helped to make our projects a success.

The future of tennis ball recycling has never been brighter and we are proud to play a role in its founding. Please keep those balls coming and help us reach our next milestone of the collection of 400,000 balls.  As usual, you can reach out to us at info@projectgreenball.org with any comments or suggestions!

About Project Green Ball, Inc. (PGB)

Project Green Ball, Inc. is the voluntary product stewardship organization of the tennis industry.  PGB is a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission it is to facilitate the recycling of used tennis balls. PGB supports a variety of recycling programs, some of which result in the donation of surfaces based on recycled balls to organizations servicing people with disabilities or life threatening diseases. More information is available about PGB on our website and Facebook pages (please like PGB while you are there!).

About IGK Equestrian (IGK)

IGK Equestrian located in Auburn, NY, has been manufacturing horse footing products since 2003. IGK has created the perfect dust-free riding surface for every discipline. By teaming up with Project Green Ball, IGK agreed to help recycle tennis balls, grinding them up and incorporating them into a special mix for a dust-free synthetic footing, called our Grand Slam footing (“GS”). In addition, IGK is the manufacturer of the dust free arena surfaces TruStride and LiteStride, as well as the horse stall system SuperStall.

About The Shared Living Collaborative (SLC)

The Shared Living Collaborative provides a variety of foster-care, in-home, day and residential services to children and adults with developmental disabilities primarily in the Merrimack Valley, MA area. The SLC embraces principles of sustainability, social and environmental responsibility, and holds the belief that everyone, regardless of challenges encountered, can live a productive, bountiful, and fulfilled life embedded in the community and every facet of society. The SLC strongly believes and incorporates principles and activities grounded in Eco Therapy such as Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Hippo Therapy, Equine Assisted Learning, and Carriage Driving.

About Advanced Polymer Technology (APT)

From the London Olympic stadiums to your own backyard, we provide people around the world with safe, reliable, and high-performing protective and recreational products. We continue to improve and expand our product line to keep up with the highest industry standards and, more importantly, the needs of our customers. With two ISO-certified manufacturing facilities and four global sales offices, the APT Group services the needs of the construction and chemical industries worldwide. APT utilizes its ISO 9001 Quality Management System to constantly review and improve its business procedures.

About Ace Surfaces

Ace Surfaces is revolutionizing the tennis courts you play on by creating, implementing and installing cushion shock pads using recycled tennis balls. Founded in 1993, Ace Surfaces set out to raise the standard in sporting and playing surfaces. Installing a higher quality sport surface system that considers the bodies of athletes, growing children and older tennis clientele are a large part of Ace Surfaces planning and designing of its surfaces. Quality, innovation and performance can be expected of Ace Surfaces sports surfaces, whether it be a tennis court, basketball court, futsal court or any sport surface installation.

About HABU

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Facilitating collaboration, bringing technical expertise and growing a brand representing sustainable innovation and optimal resource use. HABU® stands for HIGHER AND BETTER USE.

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BYU Marriott School of Management Contributes 25,000 Tennis Balls to Project Green Ball

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.

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Project Green Ball Announces College Tennis Recycling Program and Teams with Donovan Tennis Strategies at Upcoming College Recruiting Showcases

Project Green Ball, a non-profit corporation promoting recycling of tennis balls, is pleased to announce its college tennis recycling program. With help from Wilson Sporting Goods, the maker of NCAA official tennis ball, Project Green Ball has assisted the UC Berkeley, Boston College, University of San Francisco, Boise State and Cal Poly SLO varsity tennis teams recycle their dead balls.

Special thanks for the west coast help on the college program goes to Jason Blum, San Francisco USPTA Regional Director, who has been advising PGB since 2013 in connection with college varsity tennis teams. If your college varsity team wants to participate in the PGB recycling program, please reach out to info@projectgreenball.org to discuss enrolling in the program.

In addition, Project Green Ball has teamed with Donovan Tennis Strategies. College coaches attending the East Coast Showcase on June 27-29, 2014 at Yale University and The DTS College Recruiting Tournament on July 19-20, 2014 at Harvard University will be able to drop off their tennis balls from their recently completed season for donation to Project Green Ball. Players are also encouraged to bring balls from their recently completed high school season.

Since 1997, Donovan Tennis Strategies has been helping tennis players and their families navigate the college recruiting process to find the program and school best suited for their tennis and academic goals. DTS’s unique understanding of the recruiting and admissions processes, wealth of experience in customizing those processes for individual student-athletes, and personal relationship with an extensive network of college coaches throughout the country combine to make DTS the premier provider of Recruitment Consulting Services.

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 130,000 tennis balls for recycling into second surfaces. Two tennis ball-based equestrian turfs are currently in use in therapeutic riding programs

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Boston Lobsters Sponsor Tennis Ball Collection Contest to Benefit Project Green Ball

Project Green Ball is very excited to announce that the Boston Lobsters are sponsoring a tennis ball collection contest to benefit Project Green Ball.  The contest is open from April 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014 to any tennis club.  The Boston Lobsters will award the club that collects the most tennis balls for donation to Project Green Ball during the collection period with 6 box seats, VIP parking and the chance to meet the team at the Lobsters home opening match on July 6, 2014 against the Texas Wild.

In addition, the Lobsters will host a Project Green Ball night at the last home match on July 20, 2014 against the Philadelphia Freedoms. Fans bringing the most balls in a variety of categories will have the chance to win prizes. Further details will be announced closer to the commencement of the season.

The Boston Lobsters hosted a Project Green Ball exhibition booth at all Boston Lobsters home matches last year resulting in the education of hundreds of patrons and the collection of thousands of balls.  Project Green Ball will be exhibiting again this year at all home Lobsters matches.

The Boston Lobsters are the New England franchise of Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT).  This year the Lobsters have seven home matches at their stadium at the Manchester Athletic Club.  The season commences on July 6, 2014 and runs through July 23, 2014. John Isner, the top-ranked American on the ATP World Tour, will be returning to the Boston Lobsters for the 2014 Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) season. WTT showcases the best in competitive team tennis based on equality, community and teamwork. WTT was co-founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970’s with its innovative co-ed platform, fast and fan friendly format of play with the world’s top players.

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 125,000 tennis balls for recycling into second surfaces.  Two tennis ball-based equestrian turfs are currently in use in therapeutic riding programs.

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Project Green Ball to Participate in Global Youth Service Day at The Thoreau Club on April 12, 2014

Project Green Ball (PGB) will participate for the second consecutive year in Global Youth Service Day. PGB will exhibit and collect balls on April 12, 2014 at the boys and girls 12 and under USTA Level 6 Challenger Circuit Event at The Thoreau Club in Concord, MA. PGB received a $500 grant from Disney Friends for Change for planning and implementing the service project on Global Youth Service Day, a campaign of Youth Service America, and for Project Green Ball’s operations.

Project Green Ball is a non-profit corporation whose mission 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. PGB has collected over 120,000 balls from over 50 clubs, camps, schools and tennis facilities and hundred of individuals. PGB has 15 collection bins at clubs and tennis facilities throughout the United States.  After PGB collects and delivers 200,000 balls to its turf provider, the provider will donate an equestrian turf to a therapeutic riding facility for people with disabilities.

The Thoreau Club will donate all balls from the tournament to PGB and PGB will have a collection bin on site to collect balls from participants in the tournament. PGB will also be exhibiting sample ball-based equestrian turf and answering questions about tennis ball recycling. If you would like to volunteer at the event, please send an e-mail to ben@projectgreenball.org. We hope to see you at the event!

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Project Green Ball Awards Green Ball Certificate to Wellesley Country Club

Project Green Ball awarded its third “Green Ball” certificate of recognition to the Wellesley Country Club in Wellesley, Massachusetts, for donation of 10,000 tennis balls to PGB.  Wellesley Country Club recently passed the 10,000 ball donation level by contributing 2,400 additional balls to PGB, thereby bringing its total to 10,050 balls donated to PGB. Special thanks to Dave McNaughton, Director of Tennis at Wellesley Country Club, for his continued support of PGB.

PGB will award Green Ball certificates of recognition to facilities donating 10,000 balls to PGB and, periodically, Green Balls for other notable contributions to PGB.  The Longfellow Club, in Wayland, Massachusetts, and Pine Brook Country Club, in Weston, Massachusetts, have each previously received Green Ball certificates of recognition.

In addition, Wellesley Country Club has agreed to host a Project Green Ball collection bin.  Instead of throwing out their dead balls, patrons of the club can donate their balls to PGB by dropping their balls in the collection bin.  Wellesley Country Club is the tenth club to host a Project Green Ball collection bin.

If you are interested in participating in Project Green Ball, please reach out to Ben@projectgreenball.org to learn more about the program. Project Green Ball, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission it is to recycle tennis balls into second surfaces.  Once Project Green Ball collects and delivers 200,000 tennis balls to our turf manufacturer partner, IGK Equestrian, they will donate an equestrian turf to a therapeutic riding center for people with disabilities.  Currently, PGB has collected over 110,000 balls.

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Project Green Ball Featured on WCVB Channel 5 Boston Strong Segment

Project Green Ball and its founder Benjamin Soloway were featured on a Boston Strong segment tonight on WCVB Channel 5.  The segment highlighted the sources and mission of the project, as well as the installation of the first tennis ball-based equestrian turf at The Dana Hall School.

Project Green Ball is the largest recycler of tennis balls in the United States.  So far, Project Green Ball has received donations of over 108,000 balls.  When we receive and deliver 200,000 balls to our turf manufacturer partner (IGK Equestrian), they will donate a riding surface to a therapeutic riding program.  Project Green Ball has received numerous grants and awards, including the MassRecycle Institution Innovation award.

In addition to the tennis ball-based turf installed at Dana Hall a second turf was recently installed at EquiCenter, Inc.  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.  Project Green Ball facilitated a $10,000 grant from the UPS Foundation to EquiCenter which was used to purchase the ball-based turf for their indoor riding arena.

Project Green Ball is a not-for-profit corporation.  We have applied for 501(c)(3) status.  If you would like to support PGB through donations or volunteer support, please check out the Donate page of our website.

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