Bank of the West Sponsors Tennis Ball Recycling Program

Harrison, AR, July 25, 2010 --( How to participate: Bring old tennis balls to the Bank of the West Classic at the Taube Tennis Pavilion at Stanford University.

When: July 26 – August 1

What to do: Recycle your used tennis balls at designated drop off spots adjacent to the Taube Tennis Pavilion.

Bank of the West, title sponsor of the Bank of the West Classic, today announced a tournament recycling initiative with Rebounces, organizers of the first national tennis ball recycling campaign. FedEx Ground, the small-package ground shipping service, will donate transportation of used tennis balls to Rebounces’ headquarters.

An estimated 300 million tennis balls are manufactured each year worldwide, and Bank of the West is encouraging tennis players and fans to bring old tennis balls to the Bank of the West Classic and recycle them. Tennis balls lose pressure with use and typically are discarded. For each dozen balls returned at the tournament July 30 through August 1, the bank and Rebounces will provide one can of new balls.

Balls collected at the Bank of the West Classic July 26- August 1 will be re-pressurized using Rebounces’ patented technology and a portion of these will be donated to Youth Tennis Advantage (YTA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving youth in Oakland and San Francisco through a program of tennis and academic tutoring.

The bank also supports YTA through its "Aces for Kids" contribution program at the tournament; last year $60,000 was raised through donations and the bank’s contribution of $100 for each 'ace' hit during the tournament.

"Green technology, recycling and supporting tennis for Bay Area youth are each worthwhile and together make a very valuable combination," said Maria Lazzarini, Bay Area Executive for the bank. "We’re celebrating the tournament’s 40th year, and as the long-term presenting sponsor we want to offer something extra."

Rebounces re-pressurizes tennis balls to restore dead balls to their original bounce. Rebounces’ new Green Tennis Machine allows tennis facilities to re-pressurize tennis balls on-site, saving money and reducing landfill waste. With a capacity of 400 tennis balls, the machine can re-pressurize 3,000 balls monthly and pay for itself in a year or two at an average-sized tennis club, according to the company.

"We are delighted to partner with Bank of the West for this opportunity to do good work for both the environment and for kids," said Bill Dirst, CEO of Rebounces. "This recycling program and our technology can help reduce the costs involved in tennis instruction for kids and players of all abilities."

Rebounces collected over 100,000 balls from tennis clubs and tournaments in 2009 and expects to collect more than 500,000 in 2010.

About The Bank of the West Classic: The Bank of the West Classic is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world and is the first stop of the Olympus US Open Series. A Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Premier event, the Bank of the West Classic features a 30-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $700,000. Held on Stanford University's campus at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium since 1997, former champions include: Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport and Venus Williams.

About The Bank of the West: Based in San Francisco, $61 billion-asset Bank of the West ( offers a full range of business, corporate, personal, trust and international banking services. For the third year in a row, Bank of the West has been ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction in Retail Banking" in California by J.D. Power and Associates. The Bank operates more than 700 branch locations and commercial banking offices in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Bank of the West's holding company, BancWest Corporation, is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, among the six strongest banks in the world, according to Standard & Poor's.

For information regarding Rebounces, contact: Grant Garland ( or 888.630.5696.

Grant Garland