Tennis - More than 4,000 tennis balls have been collected in Minnesota to be used by senior citizens when they are retrofitted for walkers, thanks to a chance discovery by an 18-year-old student. According to The Star Tribune, Max Fesenmaier found several leftover tennis balls from his junior season on the varsity tennis team at Sartell High School and asked his mom, Laura, what could be done with them.
His mother works as a staff member at the Guardian Pharmacy of Minnesota, a long-term care pharmacy that serves assisted living centres and skilled nursing facilities. The offer was sent across to the bosses at the Guardian Pharmacy and the response was overwhelming.
As a result, more than 4,000 tennis balls have been collected and about 2,500 given away. Sara McCormick, a health care worker with Aitkin, Minn.-based Aicota Health Care Center, commented, "We greatly appreciate the donation of tennis balls.
It takes our operating costs down because we don’t have to purchase tennis balls for that use. We have residents that walk independently and they put on miles a day. It brings our residents enjoyment to be mobile with their walkers”.
Some facilities also use tennis balls to be part of their exercise program. Speaking of his initiative, McCormick commented, "It’s an excellent way for tennis programs to give back to the community in ways that not everyone thinks of.
I never imagined my discovery of old tennis balls would have such a positive impact on so many seniors. It makes me feel good”.