Donations ... a good idea

Discussion in 'Talk Tennis Updates' started by ced, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. ced

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    This excellent idea appeared in the WANTED section in answer to an appeal for used racquets to help start a school tennis program.

    WHY doesn't the forum establish a DONATION section to aid start-up programs and kids in need.
     
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  2. heycal

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    Why don't YOU start it? It's nice and all to suggest that someone do something like this, but 99 times out of 100, such "Someone should do something to help so-and-so" suggestions lead nowhere.

    You really want something done in this world? Do it yourself. Anyone can make this suggestion and feel good about themselves, but if you want to really feel about yourself and get something accomplished at the same time, take the inititative instead of hoping someone else will.
     
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    did you get up on the wrong side of the bed? did it make you feel better by posting your reply?

    the guy was suggesting to TT to create a Donation section seperately to For Sale and Wanted sections to make the whole donation idea more effective.

    personally i think it is a good idea - one of the issues is to make sure the donations goes to the "right" places.
     
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  4. ced

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    Thanks esm ....

    Thanks esm .... I do think that only TT can create sections and you explained exactly what I had in mind ..... I can't imagine what heycal had in mind.
     
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  5. heycal

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    Didn't mean to hit you too hard there, ced. Sorry. It's just that basically you're asking someone else to do something about those in need instead of doing something yourself. I realize TW is in an easier position than you to start such a program, but in the end, you're still asking them to do the work. And I'm guessing they probably won't, so it will ultimately just be another well-meaning suggestion that leads nowhere because no one steps up and takes the bull by the horns.
     
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    How does TW have to do the work? Ced is at least i'm pretty sure, unable to creat whole sections on the TT site. second of all, The subforum will most likely be monitored by people from the forum, and they will be the contributors as well. But this would be a great idea for the coaches who need extra frames for underpriveleged kids.
     
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    Fine, pfchang. Take me through the practicalities of how this donation program would actually work without TW doing a bunch of work. Maybe I'm missing something here...
     
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  8. ced

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    Don't be a horse's patoot


    It should work just like the WANTED section ...... schools, local playgrounds, etc. needing donated equipment would place a wanted thread .......IT would be a wanted section pertaining to 'free' exchanges in lieu of the regular WANTED and FOR SALE SECTIONS...... people willing to donate would see these in a comman place, assess their value and reply and hopefully donate.

    If you did not want to be bothered you could easily skip altogether.
     
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  9. heycal

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    Hmm. You've almost convinced me... But I suspect TW might not go for it becuase it will require hidden work we don't know about or for other unkown reasons.

    Which sorta leads me back to my original position...
     
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    Ironic that a donation thread had a semi-argument in it.
     
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  11. Jackie T. Stephens

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    Bad idea, people may lie about what they do with the money.
     
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    send them to the andre agassi foundation :D
     
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  13. pshulam

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    You just have to trust people sometimes in a similar way as we do in the classified ad section that these racquets for sale are legitimate and sellers will not just take your money and run.
     
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  14. cork_screw

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    First, I think there are bigger fish to fry besides building up the sport of tennis. Secondly, if you do want to increase the tennis body, I don't think people are being held back because there's no racquet available for little timmy. The racquets should be the last thing on that list.
     
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  15. charliefedererer

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    Tenacity is a program in the Boston area.
    "Tenacity programs meet a critical need for safe, healthy, productive after-school, in-school and summer programs for urban youth. Tennis and fitness activities are the magnets drawing interest from kids who otherwise have few athletic outlets. These athletic activities are closely integrated with literacy programs to help build academic motivation and achievement." -http://www.tenacity.org/About_Overview.php

    Tenacity accepts racquets donated and uses them in their programs.

    I'm not sure if there are other regional tennis programs of this type, but maybe some will see this thread and post what they know.

    (Just after I posted, I realized this thread is a continuation of an old one. Well, donating unused but perfectly good tennis racquets is still a good idea.)
     
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    I don't think the sport of tennis really relates to inner city or "problem youths." Tennis is seen as a preppy sport. Most of those youths would gravitate more towards sports like basketball anyways. I live in new york and I've seen this for myself. I've lived in the projects and been around. Also, with sports available to them like basketball, it doesn't really detract from negative behavior. You still see them selling drugs after they're done playing ball. And girls are still getting pregnant in their mid teens.

    Also, I think it's harder to find tennis courts in those areas than it is to find a tennis racquet. How much does a racquet cost? You could probably pick one up at a garage sale for $5. How much is it to rent a court here in NYC, between $35-$65 / hr.

    If you really want to see kids off the streets and being better citizens. Then you'll have to fix more things on a bigger scope than tennis.

     
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    (LOL @ heycal)
     
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  18. Irvin

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    It is really simeple for anyone to do. I will do it send all your rackets to me. LOL But how do you know I wont keep them for myself or sell them on the auction site? You don't.

    Why not give them to the Goodwill? You get a tax deduction. You will be helping someone who needs a job. It probably isn't out of your way and you can do it anytime.
     
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  19. treblings

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    i do that in my club. if someone wants to get rid of his old rackets he gives them to me. some of them i collect, others get re-strung and gripped and find their way to youngsters and beginners in our local clubs.
     
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  20. Steve Huff

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    I got some rackets donated to a high school a few years back. I restrung and regripped them all for free, then gave them a bunch of tennis balls etc. I know others have tried to do it too, but there are those who ask for donations, then turn around and sell them. This makes it tough for people to ask for donations, and makes people sceptical about giving.
     
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  21. treblings

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    the more direct the contact is the better. because you know where your rackets go to.
    i train kids in our club. usually they get rackets from me for a few months while they decide, if tennis is the sport for them. once they´ve made that decision, they usually buy new racquets. it´s a system that works
     
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    Easiest donation in the world to make.... Bring happiness to a dog in a shelter.

    Folks,

    At most tennis centers, a lot of grownups play tennis and throw out the balls after a few uses.
    Most tennis centers then put them in a recycle garbage can.

    My son and I pickup these balls up about every two weeks, and bring them to an animal shelter.

    I can't tell you how happy the dogs are to have a soft tennis ball to chew on.
    It helps burn up excess and nervous energy that they have sitting around in cages,
    and for some adds a bit of happiness to a rather short and abusive life.

    For the parents out there, please do this with your kids.
    The best gift you can ever give your children is having them give to someone else.
     
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    Haven't thought of that. Maybe I will get my dead balls and bring them to an animal shelter some time soon. :)
     
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  24. racingdad23

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    Steve is sooo right on this. I did this 5 years ago with a dozen racquets on the forum here looking for school or program to send them to. Got 30-40 requests. Several of the people requested them for "their school" or program they were involved with. Many of these people were legit but a few were people with very large sales of racquets both here and the auction site so of course they were eliminated from consideration. In the end I ended up sending them to a inner city youth league in Pittsburg (I think) I never heard anything else from that member so I at least hope that is where they went.

    Its just too hard to judge over the internet who is who. Here is the old thread.

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=166602&highlight=donate
     
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    Racquets For Ghana!

    If anyone is interested in donating old kids tennis gear, we would love to hear from you. Racquets For Ghana! is a program collecting equipment for disadvantaged youth in Africa. It is getting delivered directly to the tennis pro that travels the area spreading tennis in the small towns that have courts, so you do not have to worry about the donations not making it to the end users. Check the pictures and imagine the impact you can have.

    If you have any questions, please let me know. Here's a couple of links to check out:
    Racquets For Ghana!
    Racquets For Ghana! - updates thread
     
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  26. BruceD

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    If more people helped out kids in their neighborhoods, we might see a Champion again!

    In May '12 I deci dbuy some racquets on **** and give them to the kids in my Las Vegas neighborhood. ed to give them a taste of the game. They aged from 3 yrs old, to 8. We started to use the walls between their apartments, to learn the strokes and the beginning of the serve motion.
    I then gave away racquets to famillies and friends, after finding **** sellers, who had be so generous after I explained what I was doing, they gave me more than I bought. In one case, it was 6 to1 and another 9 to 1, twice!
    So now, after some famillies moving away, inevitable in apartment rental housing, in low income areas, I have counted 55 racquets and basic lessons, that I have provided, including balls, grips and one 6 bag case.
    I'm FAR from rich, living on a SSDI check, that leaves little for me to use, to keep up my new 'mission from God', but I do manage.
    There are currently NO courts that are close to us, but one is being refurbished now, so soon I hope to get some of these kids on the court, SOON!
    Of course, all good deeds may not be appreciated by everyone and I had some parents question my motives. But after seeing me keep it up for over a year now, most understand that this 55 yr old guy is a TENNIS NUT and just wats to share his game with the kids.
    My current need are tennis backpacks, that can hold not just their school stuff, but can hold a racquet, when they go to play on the courts.
    Prices are too high, even on ****. So if anyone has an old backpack, please let me know. I am in urgent need for 2 or more, before school starts.
    If you would like to check out my Facebook/GuruHelp timeline, I have pics of the kids I help, posted.
    Thanks!
     
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