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LEANDER HIGH SCHOOL IS A NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNER!

LEANDER HIGH SCHOOL IS A NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNER! | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Leander (Texas) High School Tennis players test out their new Recycleballs bins. Varsity captain, Rachel Beese (not pictured) is championing the QuickShip program and educating fellow teammates and students!
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NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNER - TRAVIS COUNTRY HOA!

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A group of players at Travis Country Homeowners Association in Austin, Texas see how they stack up against their new RecycleBalls bins! Terry Hadley decided to champion the recycling effort after reading about Recycleballs in Tennis Industry Magazine

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CHAMPION PROFILE - SAM CHO & JENNI CHOI OF THE CITY OF MISSION VIEJO

CHAMPION PROFILE - SAM CHO & JENNI CHOI OF THE CITY OF MISSION VIEJO | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

We're thrilled to be partnered with the City of Mission Viejo (City of Mission Viejo, CA - Local Government), who operate four recreation and tennis centers. Pictured above, Sam Cho, the Community Services Coordinator, and his colleague Jenni Choi pose in front of the 10 Recycleballs bins that were recently shipped back to us.

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NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNERS - JASON BEARDSLEE AND STANFORD UNIVERSITY

NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNERS - JASON BEARDSLEE AND STANFORD UNIVERSITY | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Tennis staff and players at Stanford University Campus Recreation Association take a quick break from play to pose with their brand new Recycleballs bins!

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CHAMPION PROFILE: CAMILLE CLARK AND SPORTSMEN'S TENNIS AND ENRICHMENT CLUB

CHAMPION PROFILE: CAMILLE CLARK AND SPORTSMEN'S TENNIS AND ENRICHMENT CLUB | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Since joining the Recycleballs network of Quickship facilities last November, this facility and its members have already sent back 5,000 used balls! Sportsmen's Tennis and Enrichment club is a non-profit organization that combines tennis with academic and life skills programming for youth players in the Boston area.

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NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNERS: CHRIS REIFF AND BOYLE PARK TENNIS

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The young players and staff at Boyle Park Tennis in Mill Valley California, are super excited to start recycling tennis balls!

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KNOX COLLEGE WOMEN'S TENNIS GROUP PROUD TO BE RECYCLING TENNIS BALLS!

KNOX COLLEGE WOMEN'S TENNIS GROUP PROUD TO BE RECYCLING TENNIS BALLS! | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Professor Sue Hulet's Tuesday night women's tennis group proudly supports Knox College Tennis' new partnership with Recycleballs! 

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WELCOME ABOARD! MELISSA CHEN AND THE EASTERN ATHLETIC CLUB AT MELVILLE

WELCOME ABOARD! MELISSA CHEN AND THE EASTERN ATHLETIC CLUB AT MELVILLE | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Melissa Chen and her tennis coach hold up a RecycleBalls bin inside the Eastern Athletic Club at Melville - a brand new member of the QuickShip program!

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CHAMPION PROFILE - PAT MURPHY AND WALTHAM ATHLETIC CLUB

CHAMPION PROFILE - PAT MURPHY AND WALTHAM ATHLETIC CLUB | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

A warm welcome to one of our newest partners, Pat Murphy and Waltham Athletic Club. Their members and staff are very excited about this initiative and are about to ship us back their first full box for recycling!

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CHAMPION PROFILE - ELIOT POTVIN AND RACKET & FITNESS CENTER

CHAMPION PROFILE - ELIOT POTVIN AND RACKET & FITNESS CENTER | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

The Racket & Fitness Center in Portland, Maine is the largest indoor racket facility north of Boston, and we’re super excited to have them as a Recycleballs partner! We met their Director of Tennis, Eliot Potvin, at the USTA New England conference last fall. Since signing up our QuickShip program, he has already sent us back over 5,000 balls!

Eliot tells us that The Racket and Fitness Center is the “Center of Maine tennis - a facility that focuses on serving long standing clients and growing the game through introducing youth and young adults.” They’re also big on being green. "We recycle on all 9 courts and all common areas, and we recently upgraded our exterior insulation as well as our lights (to energy efficient LED) throughout the entire playing area."
Keep up the great work, Eliot!

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CHAMPION PROFILE - JOHANNA GUNDLACH AND THE NEW ORLEANS CITY PARK / PEPSI CENTER

CHAMPION PROFILE - JOHANNA GUNDLACH AND THE NEW ORLEANS CITY PARK / PEPSI CENTER | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

[Pictured:  Martin Alexander, Tennis Maintenance Attendant for the City Park / Pepsi Tennis Center. Martin plays a huge roll in the success of the tennis ball recycling program, and educates and encourages visitors to recycle their used tennis balls.] 

 

City Park / Pepsi Tennis Center is one of our largest partners, and another great example of a public facility focused on offering premiere tennis courts while staying committed to sustainability! Johanna Gundlach, the Sustainabilty Coordinator for City Park tells us that the public reaction to seeing Recycleballs bins on their courts is one of enthusiasm and curiosity. “People actually get excited about recycling their tennis balls, rather than throwing them in the trash can. They want to know more about what they will be used for, and even stop by and drop off bags of used balls!”

Many consider Pepsi Tennis Center to be the Premiere Tennis Facility in New Orleans. It’s the biggest facility in Louisiana with 26 courts (16 hard / 10 clay), and home to hundreds of tennis players - from collegiate athletes (Loyola and Tulane both play there), to USTA players, to recreational players of all ages.  But size isn’t the only thing that sets City Park apart, players are drawn to City Park’s commitment to protecting the environment.

Johanna tells us, “New Orleans City Park is continuously working towards becoming a leader in sustainability in the New Orleans region by greening Park operations at every level and in every department. Example green efforts in New Orleans City Park include increasing access to recycling in all public use areas of the Park, identifying opportunities for energy savings through lighting and HVAC upgrades, sustainability education programs for City Park employees, and community-wide citizen science programs to inventory and better understand the Park's flora and fauna.”

Last year, Johanna and her colleagues went on a mission to find a way to recycle and reuse tennis balls and prevent them from ending up in a landfill, and when she learned about Recycleballs, she jumped on the opportunity to partner with another organization dedicated to making tennis a greener sport. Thanks, Johanna and City Park for your partnership and your outstanding green efforts!

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CHAMPION PROFILE - JOE WANG AND THE ARMY NAVY COUNTRY CLUB

CHAMPION PROFILE - JOE WANG AND THE ARMY NAVY COUNTRY CLUB | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

We’re super excited to profile Joe Wang, the Assistant General Manager and Director of Tennis at the Army Navy Country Club (http://www.ancc.org/) in Arlington, Virginia. Since partnering up with us last summer, Joe has sent back over 6,000 tennis balls!

The Army Navy Country Club is no stranger to being environmentally conscious. In 2014, they were named USTA Green Facility of the Year (and also National Facility of the Year)! Joe tells us, “We installed LED lighting in our indoor facility which has reduced energy use by 50%, and our HydroCourt irrigation system reduced water consumption by 60%. We also have the only LEED Silver private country club Clubhouse in the the mid-Atlantic.” When Joe found out about Recycleballs, it was an instant no-brainer. “Recycleballs has made the process of shipping used tennis balls so efficient - I couldn't imagine an easier way to do this!”

Since Joe arrived at ANCC fifteen years ago, he’s grown the tennis staff to ten pros (six full time and 4 part time) serving a membership of roughly 2,000 resident member households, which is one of the most in the country. Joe says, “Our members have been completely behind the effort and are enthusiastic in participating. As a country club serving so many young families (many of whom are active duty military), the environment and serving and protecting the community is part of who we are as a club."
Way to go, guys!!

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RB CHAMPION PROFILE: Tom Ruth - “Moss Creek is a green club through and through so when I heard about Recycleballs I knew we needed that initiative on our courts immediately!”  

RB CHAMPION PROFILE: Tom Ruth - “Moss Creek is a green club through and through so when I heard about Recycleballs I knew we needed that initiative on our courts immediately!”   | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

“Moss Creek is a green club through and through so when I heard about Recycleballs I knew we needed that initiative on our courts immediately!”

 

This is our latest profile in a series of interviews with RB Champions, tennis athletes and professionals who passionately care about the sport of tennis and the environment. These leaders are mobilizing their tennis communities to improve tennis.

One such Champion is Tom Ruth, the tennis director at Moss Creek in Hilton Head Island, SC.

Tom has been playing tennis since he was a kid and has been the tennis director at Moss Creek for five years now and in all his time with the sport, he has believed that tennis needed to be greener. This message is one that both he and Moss Creek push heavily towards their members because they want to make sure they are always doing right by nature.

“Moss Creek is a green club through and through so when I heard about Recycleballs I knew we needed that initiative on our courts immediately!”

Tom has been shipping bins into us since he heard Derrick and Ryan speak at the TIA conference in Orlando, FL this past March. In that time his club has diverted 7,800 used tennis balls from landfills!

“Lots of clubs have been trying to find ways to keep used tennis balls out of landfills but I know especially at our club we did not have the workforce to sort the balls and research all of the viable repurpose solutions. At one point, we sent the balls off to Africa because we were so dedicated, but the Quickship Program is the best possible solution for clubs looking to make tennis green. Organizations receive the bins, players fill them up, and we send them back when full, then repeat the cycle with each bin. The process could not be easier for a cause that makes a significant impact on the health of the environment.”

Tom is so excited to make tennis green that he offered up the idea of having us organize search parties for used tennis balls that have been hit off into neighboring woods or parks next to tennis courts. He knows the woods by his courts are full of hundreds of balls and believes going to clean them out will provide several balls to help us reach our goal of making positive impacts on the environment.

Tom believes the tennis community to be full of camaraderie and that uniting a community so tightly knit for a good cause could only ever create astonishing results.

“Moss Creek believes in respecting the environment and more clubs should participate in the Quickship program to help push that message for all of the tennis community!”

What a champion, thank you, Tom, for all you do to protect the environment and support the sport. We are thrilled to have such an eco-conscious and passionate player as one of our Champions!

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NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNER - THE BIRCH RACQUET AND LAWN CLUB

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Tayler Dent, Owner and Pro at The Birch Racquet and Lawn Club takes a quick break from playing to check out their new QuickShip bins.  Jennifer Dent is championing the tennis ball recycling program at this beautiful facility in Keller, Texas.

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NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNER: GEOFF GRIFFIN AND BALBOA TENNIS CLUB

NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNER: GEOFF GRIFFIN AND BALBOA TENNIS CLUB | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Balboa Tennis Club and its member-driven tennis community in San Diego has 50 courts, which churn out a lot of used tennis balls.  They've been recycling tennis balls for several years now, but just recently signed up for Recycleballs QuickShip program.  In just over a month, they've sent us 3,000 tennis balls!

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NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNERS - GAIL & JACK WALTZ AND THE HUDSON COUNTY IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY

NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNERS - GAIL & JACK WALTZ AND THE HUDSON COUNTY IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

New Recycleballs partners, Gail and Jack Waltz, of the Hudson County Improvement Authority just spruced up the interior of their tennis center!. The organization's mission is to provide a wide range of services to residents and businesses of Hudson County, NJ at the least cost to taxpayers.

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NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNERS - BILL DONAHUE AND FARMINGTON VALLEY RACQUET CLUB

NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNERS - BILL DONAHUE AND FARMINGTON VALLEY RACQUET CLUB | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Farmington Valley Racquet Club in Weatogue, CT has joined Recycleballs' green initiative to help keep old tennis balls out of the land fills. During the first week, they donated over 2,000 used balls to be recycled for alternative uses.

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CONGRATULATIONS, SAHIL KUMTAKAR!

CONGRATULATIONS, SAHIL KUMTAKAR! | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Sahil Kumtakar has returned 10,000 tennis balls!  Sahil is a high school tennis player in New Jersey who is passionate about tennis and the environment. Sahil not only sends us his own used tennis balls, but has also inspired several tennis facilities to adopt recycling. We are thrilled to have such a young, ambitious and passionate leader as one of our Champions!

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10,000 BALLS RETURNED BY ARMY NAVY COUNTRY CLUB

10,000 BALLS RETURNED BY ARMY NAVY COUNTRY CLUB | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Congratulations Joe Wang and Army Navy Country Club! The Arlington, VA club hit this impressive milestone in just over a year of signing up with QuickShip.

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CHAMPION PROFILES - FOREST LAKES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION & JOHN OLIVER; DUCARD VINEYARDS & SCOTT ELIFF

CHAMPION PROFILES - FOREST LAKES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION & JOHN OLIVER; DUCARD VINEYARDS & SCOTT ELIFF | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

One of our newest partners is Forest Lakes Homeowners Association.  We've been working directly with John Oliver who is managing our QuickShip program there.  John says, "Forest Lakes is located in a beautiful area of Charlottesville, Virginia, surrounded by lakes, mountains, and vineyards. Our community members embrace the outdoors and protecting the environment."
One such member, Scott Elliff, owns a local green winery, DuCard Vineyards. Scott says "we try to be good stewards of the land up at our winery, and do get great recognition for it, though I do it as above because I care. (recycling corks is one of the many things we do – a local carpet/flooring store collects them and they are repurposed into flooring). We can all do something to help!

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CHAMPION PROFILE - ADAM WINKLER AND GLYNN ACADEMY

CHAMPION PROFILE - ADAM WINKLER AND GLYNN ACADEMY | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Welcome, Adam Winkler and the Glynn Academy tennis team. Glynn Academy is one of the oldest high schools in the country, located in coastal Georgia.  They're committed to making recycling a priority, and student athletes are stepping up to champion the Recycleballs program.  The tennis team just won their region and is now moving on to states!

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CHAMPION PROFILE - SOREN PEARSON & MAHARISHI UNIVERSITY OF MANAGEMENT RECREATION CENTER

CHAMPION PROFILE - SOREN PEARSON & MAHARISHI UNIVERSITY OF MANAGEMENT RECREATION CENTER | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Maharishi University of Management has long history of championing healthy and sustainable lifestyles on its campus, and their recreation center recently partnered with Recycleballs to improve upon their recycling efforts at their tennis courts.

Soren Pearson is the Co-Manager at the MUM Recreation Center, which is a multi-use athletic center featuring tennis, basketball, rock climbing and many other activities.
At the Eyre Tennis Center (named after long-time coach, Lawrence Eyre -pictured below), Soren tells us they used to have just one unmarked barrel on a single tennis court, so only a few players knew about it. “Now, everyone knows that recycling is available to them as we have Recycleballs bins on every court (a key component of our QuickShip program!). We are happy to be a part of the RecycleBalls family!"

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CHAMPION PROFILE - JAY WEINACKER AND THE COUNTRY CLUB OF BIRMINGHAM

CHAMPION PROFILE - JAY WEINACKER AND THE COUNTRY CLUB OF BIRMINGHAM | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

"We throw away thousands of balls each year, and I was tired of being wasteful." That's when Jay Weinacker, Director of Tennis at the Country Club of Birmingham, decided to do something about it. After signing up for our QuickShip program in February, he placed our bins on his club's 14 courts and has already prevented over 1,000 balls from ending up in landfills. Jay tells us he's happy to have a found a program that "puts old tennis balls to better use." Glad you found us, too!

Previously, Jay was the head coach of Men's Tennis at Birmingham-Southern College. He was also an All-American player at NC State!

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CHAMPION PROFILE - SETH HARRIS AND DOANE UNIVERSITY

CHAMPION PROFILE - SETH HARRIS AND DOANE UNIVERSITY | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Seth Harris is in his second year coaching Men’s and Women’s Tennis at Doane University, which plays in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. His players are gearing up for their Spring season, and it looks like they’re also excited about partnering with Recycleballs (as evidenced by the above picture!).

Seth thinks partnering with a program like Recycleballs could not only attract new recruits to play tennis at Doane University, but also attract first-time and long time tennis players in their surrounding community.

Seth played tennis at Central College in Iowa, and then went on to enter the world of teaching and coaching tennis, with prior stints at Wakonda Country Club, the Ames Racquet and Fitness Club, and Iowa State University. At Doane, he loves how much his players are bonding. He says, "While half of the team is from Nebraska, and the other half are 'non-natives,' they’ve all come together to improve their game, and in the process they’ve formed great friendships (one player even had the opportunity to crash at a teammate's house in Spain last summer!)."

We’re really excited to be partnered with Seth and Doane University Tennis, and wish them the best of luck this season!

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CHAMPION PROFILE - LORI BURDELL AND THE HENRY L MCMULLEN TENNIS COMPLEX

CHAMPION PROFILE - LORI BURDELL AND THE HENRY L MCMULLEN TENNIS COMPLEX | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Lori Burdell is the Recreation Programmer at Henry L McMullen Tennis Complex, a public facility of City of Clearwater Government, which local players call one of the nicest tennis centers in the area. Lori says, “Clearwater is big on recycling, with donation containers all over, especially at the McMullen Tennis Complex. Our great tennis community welcomes programs just like Recycleballs!”

Lori played tennis for most of her life (she was the first female tennis player to receive a full scholarship at West Virginia University). She is a certified USPTA Professional of over 25 years, a racquet tester for Tennis Magazine, and was the coach the Women’s Tennis Team at the University of Central Florida for three years.

It sounds like she's found a great home at Henry L McMullen, which was "the proud recipient of the USTA Large Facility Award Winner for 2016,” boasts 15 courts, and hosts ladies leagues, USTA Men, Women and Mixed Combo Leagues, meetup groups, USTA Jr Team Tennis, and Sr. Mixers and Tournaments.

Lori and her members are all "extremely excited to be a part of a cutting edge program that saves the planet!” It’s great to see players and members of a tennis community doing their part to help the environment and improve awesome public facilities like Henry L. McMullen. Thank you!

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