Canadian rising star Denis Shapovalov is the new ambassador for National Bank’s On the Ball program which recycles used tennis balls to reduce noise in classrooms across Ontario and Quebec.
The announcement was made at the Drummondville National Bank Challenger where Shapovalov is competing in singles and doubles. The 17-year-old has enjoyed a successful run on Quebec soil in the month of March, winning the title at the Gatineau Futures and reaching the semifinals in Sherbrooke last week before coming to Drummondville where he was a semifinalist in 2016. Shapovalov joins his compatriots Françoise Abanda and Vasek Pospisil as On the Ball amabassadors.
“I am very proud to join the National Bank On the Ball team. As a student myself I feel the program is a great fit for me,” said Shapovalov. “The noise in classrooms can be quite disturbing and affect concentration. The On the Ball program makes a difference in the lives of many young people. In 2016 alone hundreds of tennis balls were distributed in schools in Ontario and Quebec.”
Tennis balls are donated at On the Ball donation bins in partnering tennis clubs and at various tournaments throughout the year, and then distributed to participating schools. Since the inception of the program in 2006, over 1.4 million tennis balls have been collected and approximately 350,000 students assisted. This year, the balls will also be collectedby recovery companies who will transform them info various products, such as tires, auto parts, game modules, shoe soles and tennis courts.