TENNIS RETURNS began in the Spring of 2006. My father told me U.S. Marines were using tennis balls in their training. They used the balls as "rocks" during exercises teaching them not to shoot at people throwing objects that wouldn't kill them. I collected so many balls that I began giving them to Children's Hospital of Los Angeles for walkers and therapy. We get balls by collecting them at parks, asking people if they have any balls to throw away, and collecting them at tennis tournaments where I play.
Now I donate balls to the Marines, Children's Hospital, Orthopaedic Hospital, West LA Veteran's Hospital, and a few elementary schools.
The money from recycling plastic containers and reselling good quality balls is donated to Save Africa's Children foundation. They give money to orphanages in 23 African countries. I have raised about $500.00, which is alot in countries where some families might make $300.00 a year.
My project saves lives and makes lives better in Los Angeles and Iraq.