The RecycleBalls QUICKSHIP Program gives tennis facilities everything needed to provide a comprehensive turn-key tennis ball recycling solution.
No. As of January 1, 2020, we are sending out a 10 pack setup at no charge once an application has been approved. This setup package will include:
We provide two options below. Both provide an easy pathway to a no-cost program via local sponsorship.
The QUICKSHIP ON-DEMAND program. This is ideal for smaller and seasonal locations. We ask for a $200 donation per 10 pack replacement and these can be re-ordered on demand anytime from our website.
The QUICKSHIP UNLIMITED program. This is ideal for facilities with 6 or more courts. This program requires an annual tax deductible sponsorship of $600 and provides for a fully automated and cost effective solution.
You may choose to self sponsor or ideally, use our sponsor acquisition tools (more information below) to work with a local sponsor. Having one local sponsor now or later will make this entire program cost-free to your organization.
Yes, you can do this anytime. We are unable to provide a credit should you start with the ON-DEMAND program and switch to the UNLIMITED option.
Complete the form on the right. We typically review applications daily and if approved will ship immediately.
Our shared mission to reuse and recycle all tennis balls nationwide has never seemed more important or more possible. We began this non-profit with a bold mission by offering no-cost programs to new partner facilities. This allowed us to grow quickly and make a nationwide impact in our communities. Despite existing sources of income and volunteer time, we have been unable to continue funding our current growth levels while keeping our programs cost-free. This has necessitated the need to monetize our programs through local sponsors and other means, We hope this is a temporary situation.
In order to secure a local sponsor quickly, we will provide you with sponsor aquisition tools. These tools will includes self standing cards, lables and an announcement email template to send to your tennis players. This email will introduce them to this initiative and serve as a soft appeal for one local sponsor. We provide significant benefits for a local sponsor including the prominent display of a Thank You plaque and other benefits. More information regarding these tools is here. Information regarding sponsorship benefits is here.
We will provide stand up cards that can be placed on two temporarily stacked bins in your lobby as a display to bring attention to this program. These cards can also be placed on your front counter, as well as on single bins and walls. The copy on these cards is below.
This non-profit was initiated by the passion and generosity of a few who volunteered their time, talent and treasure. We started small and grew quickly by offering no-cost programs with a hope that these programs would be permanently funded by corporate donors and the generosity of the US tennis community whose habits we were changing.
However, the funding to power this growth was simply not sustainable, especially since we were not subsidized by any grants, associations or government funding. This required a creative approach to funding our growth including:
In 2019 we signed a three-year partnership with Wilson Sporting Goods – our key sponsor and partner who has generously provided us with some funding and institutional guidance.
After 3 years of growth and despite our best efforts to maintain no-cost programs, we outlived volunteer management resources and were no longer able to fund increasing full-time expenses. We had to make a change.
In January 2020 we made a decision to require a fee-based donation/sponsor model for all of our programs. This new fee-based system will ensure our sustainability and growth including funding the necessary R&D to create high publicity value products from recycled tennis balls. With more awareness and a continuing outreach for more corporate partners and donors, we hope to revert back to no-cost programs in the near future.
Currently, our recycling line, the PLAY IT GREEN machine, represents a net expense. Given increasing sustainability interest and our commitment to finding new partners and potential products, this is changing. The investment we have made in this new, first-of-its-kind, custom-built recycling line, holds the promise that with increased production and further product R&D, the GREEN GOLD produced may fund much of this initiative.
Full bins are brought to the front desk or anywhere UPS ships, where they will be automatically picked up by UPS without further notice. An automated system continuously ensures optimum inventory levels. Court-side bins typically fill up in 3-6 weeks.
The IRS requires the donor (you or the person you designate) to assign values to non-cash charitable donations.
While we cannot legally recommend a value for donated balls. some are claiming .40 per tennis ball donated. If 10,000 balls are donated per year that is a $4,000 annual benefit.
This benefit can now be allocated to any designated donor, person, organization or sponsor even if they are not part of your organization.
Opening these triggers our automated response system to provide you with a high level of customer service including timely responses, shipments, awards and more
Start by assembling the BOTTOM first and then the TOP. Ensure the two top tabs are locked. Each bin takes about a minute to assemble.
Make recycling visible by putting up the included signs and posters.
Optional: Feel free to tape the top and bottom of the bin when shipping.
The single largest success factor of this program is a dedicated CHAMPION who is managing this – about 10 mins a week.