USTA Employee Green Committee Donates 7,000 Tennis Ball Can Tops to Ronald McDonald House Of The Greater Hudson Valley
February 11, 2022 — The USTA Employee Green Committee recently visited the Ronald
McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley (RMHGHV) on the campus of Westchester
Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y., to donate 7,000 metal tops taken from tennis ball cans
exclusively collected during the 2021 US Open.
Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley gives families with critically ill and
traumatically injured children the gift of togetherness and keeps them close to the care and
resources they need. The House is a place where families can enjoy the comforts of home,
while still being near their child. Meals, laundry and respite services are provided for the
The Ronald McDonald House Pull Tab Collection Program generates funds to help underwrite
the cost of a night’s stay for families. Pull tabs are collected by various organizations and
brought to the House where staff and volunteers bring them to a local recycling center where
they are exchanged for money at the current market value.
The House has 12 bedrooms that are filled to capacity almost every night. Families staying at
the Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley are never charged for services they
receive. It is estimated that the actual cost to RMH per family per night is $183 and therefore,
there is a suggested family contribution of $15 per night. However, no family is ever turned
away due to inability to pay.
Collected by umpires throughout the tournament, since 2016, the USTA has collected and
donated nearly 70,000 tennis can lids to the Pull Tab Collection Program, helping to cover the
cost of nearly one month’s stay for a family at RMHGHV.
The USTA Employee Green Committee is one of the longest-standing Employee Resource
Groups at the U.S. Tennis Association. With approximately 15 members working across
different departments and offices at the USTA, the Employee Green Committee promotes and
develops an environmentally-friendly workplace at the USTA National Offices in White
Plains, Queens, and Orlando. The Committee also assists local organizations and farms to give
back to the community.
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the
growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit
organization with more than 655,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the
US Open, one of the highest-attended annual sporting events in the world, and launched the US Open Series, linking nine
summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events
throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Billie Jean King Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The
USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships in addition to supporting tennis and
education programs nationwide to benefit under-resourced youth through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL)
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