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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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FOOTWEAR FROM RECYCLED TENNIS BALLS?

FOOTWEAR FROM RECYCLED TENNIS BALLS? | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

This is our very first prototype of a shoe sole made with recycled tennis balls using a binding agent. Perhaps a unique line of footwear could help finance our initiative to recycle all tennis balls.

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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!

NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNER - TRAVIS COUNTRY HOA! | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

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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WILSON AND RECYCLEBALLS ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

WILSON AND RECYCLEBALLS ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

We are proud to announce that Wilson Sporting Goods Co., has partnered with us to pioneer an effort to collect, recycle, and repurpose all tennis balls across the United States. This partnership aims to recycle 20 million tennis balls in the U.S. over the next three years.

 

RecycleBalls could not be more grateful that an organization such as Wilson has embraced the environmental foresight to embark on such a green goal with us. The continued growth of RecyleBalls has been made possible only by the generous contribution of time talent and treasure by the fine folks at Wilson.

 

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DID YOU KNOW? RECYCLING CAN BE VERY  PROFITABLE

DID YOU KNOW? RECYCLING CAN BE VERY  PROFITABLE | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

While we cannot legally recommend a value for donated balls, many of our partner facilities are claiming and receiving .40 per tennis ball donated. As a member, If you donate 10,000 tennis balls a year (that is typical), that’s a $4,000 benefit or a $1,400 direct cash benefit based on a 35% rate. Your direct cash benefit may vary. 

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GOT SHIRT?

GOT SHIRT? | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

We are currently working nationally to effectively blend cotton and recycled tennis ball felt. This is still an idea and we remain cautiously optimistic this will become a reality.

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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 - 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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NEW RECYCLING LINE

NEW RECYCLING LINE | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Currently, our non-profit is self-funded with Wilson helping support our operations. We now have a goal to raise $130K to finance a new recycling line and see 20 million tennis balls recycled over the next 3 years. We have invested nearly two years in full R&D on a self-funded basis to develop a process that will remove 99% of the felt in a cost-effective manner. This extensive research had us in consultation with dozens of manufacturers and processors nationwide. Our new expanded line is slated to be operational in late October/early November.

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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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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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NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNERS: CHRIS REIFF AND BOYLE PARK TENNIS

NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNERS: CHRIS REIFF AND BOYLE PARK TENNIS | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

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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SEEKING A MANAGING DIRECTOR

SEEKING A MANAGING DIRECTOR | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

We're seeking a part-time Managing Director to develop RecycleBalls http://recycleballs.org/ as a sustainable nonprofit enterprise, its core technologies, fundraising, and industry partnerships to further our mission to recycle all tennis balls in the United States.  Know someone who may be interested?  Please pass our information along to them.

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NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNER - THE BIRCH RACQUET AND LAWN CLUB

NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNER - THE BIRCH RACQUET AND LAWN CLUB | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

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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ALTA Magazine recognizes Recycleballs' partnership with Wilson

ALTA Magazine recognizes Recycleballs' partnership with Wilson | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

The Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association (ALTA) is a non-profit organization devoted to the development of tennis for recreation.  Atlanta is now one of the fastest growing areas for tennis facilities signing up with the QuickShip program.

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OUR NETWORK IS GROWING NATIONWIDE!

OUR NETWORK IS GROWING NATIONWIDE! | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

The amazing network that is RecycleBalls continues to grow quickly and is now over 600 partners strong. Together we have now saved nearly 1 million tennis balls from US landfills. Thanks to so many for making this a reality! Our shared mission of recycling ALL tennis balls in this country has never seemed more needed or realistic.

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NEW WEBSITE - NEW OPTIONS

NEW WEBSITE - NEW OPTIONS | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

We have completely revamped our website and are now offering two options for the QUICKSHIP program. Please consider becoming a SUPPORTING MEMBER and help us become sustainable. Have a look at www.recycleballs.org

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NEW OUTDOOR BINS!

NEW OUTDOOR BINS! | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Retour Tennis. Retour is a family owned company that has developed a very successful outdoor recycling bin for tennis balls that is widely used nationwide. This bin has now been rebranded and we could not be happier to have them join our mission as exclusive partners. The bin is now available for pre-order at www.recycleballs.org

 

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 10,000 GREEN BALL AWARD WINNERS!  

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 10,000 GREEN BALL AWARD WINNERS!   | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Several facility partners recently surpassed the 10,000 ball return milestone and were recognized with an award certificate.  These outstanding facilities include Five Star Tennis Center, Princeton Tennis, The West Side Tennis Club, LifeTime Activities, Army Navy Country Club, and Olympic Indoor Tennis.  Thank you for your dedication!

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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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SOME OUTDOOR PARTNERS USE RETOUR BINS TO COLLECT, RECYCLEBALLS BINS TO SHIP

SOME OUTDOOR PARTNERS USE RETOUR BINS TO COLLECT, RECYCLEBALLS BINS TO SHIP | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Ernie Rains at River Region Team Tennis in Montgomery, Alabama, just emptied his plastic Retour bin into a Recycleballs cardboard bin and is ready to ship.  As Recycleballs finalizes its outdoor bin enclosure, several outdoor partners facilities are finding Retour's bin to be a good solution for collecting their used tennis balls.  Retour sells plastic bins directly from their website:  www.retourtennis.com

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NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNER - DON HOGAN & CROOKED CREEK TENNIS CLUB

NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNER - DON HOGAN & CROOKED CREEK TENNIS CLUB | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Tennis players at Crooked Creek Tennis Club in Milton Georgia contemplate the best place to set up their new QuickShip bin!

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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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SHIPPING OUT!

SHIPPING OUT! | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

This is what an onboarding shipment looks like.  Every few weeks, dozens of on-boarding 10-packs are sent to tennis facilities across the country. These packages represent just some of the summer's QuickShip on-boarding partners!

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