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Wozniak & National Bank: On The Ball

Aleksandra Wozniak and National Bank are reusing tennis balls in the name of education with the On The Ball program.

Published May 09, 2012 12:00

Wozniak & National Bank: On The Ball
Aleksandra Wozniak

MONTRÉAL, Canada - What happens to tennis balls once people are done playing with them? There is one way to reuse them, something Aleksandra Wozniak and National Bank have been promoting in the On The Ball program.

Over the last six years, National Bank has been contributing to improving learning environments for children by donating recovered tennis balls to schools across Québec. The balls are used to cover the feet of students' chairs, reducing noise levels and providing a learning environment that is more conducive to concentration. It also helps eliminate waste in the environment.

Wozniak, a former World No.21 now on the verge of breaking back into the Top 50, was recently named an ambassador for the newly-named On The Ball program, which has collected over 500,000 used tennis balls since 2006.

"I am very happy to have been selected as the ambassador for the On the Ball program," Wozniak said. "Education is very important to me. Talking to youth about my passion for tennis and about the ball recovery program - which was created to offer them a better learning environment - will hopefully encourage them to be at their best while playing sports and in the classroom."

"National Bank is pleased to be associated with Aleksandra, an exceptional world class athlete," said National Bank's Lise-Anne Amyot. "She is a positive role model and her involvement will be a source of inspiration to youth."

Wozniak recently made a visit to École Le Carignan in Montréal North to donate 2,500 used tennis balls, as well as sign autographs and play a friendly match with students. She will make more appearances in Québec and Ontario.

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