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Recycling Tennis Balls? YES!
April 10, 2015
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Up to 125 million used tennis balls can pile up in American landfills every year. This does not happen because tennis players don't care about recycling (they do), but because there are factors working against recycling. The general public, and most tennis players, are unaware that the number of discarded tennis balls is astronomical. It is estimated that an average of 2 hundred tennis balls are discarded monthly per park. It takes a tennis ball an estimated 450 years to decompose. The problem is worsened because tennis players don’t have a convenient way or place to contribute used tennis balls for recycling. They can be tossed in with your regular recycling. Tennis balls require a specific technique to separate the material.
 
There is finally a national movement to make tennis ball recycling happen. Currently there are two organizations taking donated balls for recycling: Project Green Ball, a non-profit organization that facilitates recycling, and reBounces, a company that reuses and/or recycles tennis balls. reBounces offers free shipping; no costs (other than a box) will be incurred for sending balls off to be recycled. Courtside disposal has been the most successful way to accumulate balls. Retour has designed a container that hangs directly on tennis court fencing so players have immediate access to a recycling. AD-IN Bin.
 
Currently used tennis balls are being ground up to be included in alternative recreational surfaces – equestrian arena flooring, for example. Soon recycled tennis balls will be made into tennis courts!
Just like any other recycled product, supply will prompt demand. Once a steady supply of tennis balls is available, more inventive, successful uses will arise. All ‘players’ involved are working diligently to make recycling tennis balls a standard practice for players and communities, and finding ways to use the recycled material.
 
For more information about how to initiate a tennis ball recycling program in your community, visit Retour Tennis.

Upcoming Events
Local Track & Field Compe...
1/1/2018
TBD

 

MRPA is adopting the Hershey Track & Field concept and providing a platform for member agencies to host youth ages 6-15 in a Local Meet, from which winners from each local will advance to a District (one of 3) Meet, and then finally a State Meet to be held in late August or early September.
Summer Day Camp Training
5/25/2018
1912 Live Oak, Pascagoula MS

 

You are invited to attend District III's Summer Day Camp Training Workshop. You'll learn about appropriate discipline, how to protect campers in public places, Do's and Don'ts of summer camp, Disability awareness and what to do when unauthorized people get into the building. There will also be a session on staff development and professionalism. Register today. Professional registration is $20 and student registration is $10. Mail your registration to Antoinette Johnson, 2935 Pascagoula Street, Pascagoula, MS 39567. You can call her at 228-938-2356 or email her at ajohnson@cityofpascagoula.com.
MRPA Annual Conference
10/15/2018
Oxford, Mississippi

 

Please make sure you have the dates for our 2018 conference on your calendar. We will meet at the Oxford Conference Center. Our theme this year is - Next Level: People, Purpose, Passion!! The idea is that we want to provide opportunities to take our park and recreation professionals to the next level with educational offerings, our purpose to the next level with how we engage our communities, and our passion to the next level by maintaining the personal connections with our program patrons and networking support systems. Encouraging our members to not get and stay complacent with doing things the way they’ve always done them, and that innovation, although scary at times, is necessary for growth… necessary for the Next Level of parks and recreation.

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Our Mission
The Mississippi Recreation and Park Association provides avenues to build communities, reduce crime, and improve the health of Mississippians. We work closely with state and local recreation professionals to publicize and support statewide and local parks and recreational activities.

We engage students, faculty and elected officials across the state with open communications and improved educational and training opportunities.

MRPA supports our members through leadership development, advocacy and improved training opportunities.

Our members share their knowledge and promote the value of parks and recreation and we embrace networking and social opportunities.