Each year over 300 million tennis balls are made each year. The US Open alone goes through 70,000 tennis balls each year! After a while the balls lose their bounce and are no longer usable for the sport. I am sure some can come up with creative ways to reuse the old balls, but you can only go so far. Today’s organization is helping those balls get new life!
Balls Go Round is an organization dedicated to collecting, recycling and reusing recreational balls in order to help needy organizations and youth programs throughout the United States. The organization was founded in 2007 by brother-sister team Jeffrey and Karly Krasnow.
The idea for this organization came to them while competing in United States Tennis Association (USTA) matches in New York City. With each match, they were required to throw away the used balls and open a new can of balls. This would happen at hundreds (or even thousands) of USTA matches across the country. They knew this was also happening at country clubs and tennis centers.
Balls Go Round collects the used balls and redistributes them to other organizations such as animal shelters, occupational therapy centers, and youth programs where the balls are reused as animal toys, hand therapy tools, and of course to play tennis. Since their founding, they have been able to get 100,000 balls collected and redistributed.
In addition, Balls Go Round has been able to recharge over 3,000 balls via reBounces to extend their life even longer.
How can you help?
If you live near their Vero Beach, Florida headquarters, you can offer to assist with labeling recycled balls with the Balls Go Round logo for various, managing their database and helping pickup and recycle donated balls.
For others, Balls Go Round can help you contact country clubs and other places throwing away dead tennis balls and help link you with organizations that may be a great beneficiary of the balls. Local youth programs, nursing homes, and animal shelters are just a few examples.