pan-am games + tennis can be greener

The 15th Pan-American Games are currently going on in Rio (July 13-29).

Tennis team: The USTA named the tennis delegation (as was mentioned by Zoo Tennis). The four men on the U.S. team are Stephen Bass of Notre Dame, Travis Helgeson of Georgia, Todd Paul of Wake Forest and Luke Shields of Boise State. And the four women competing in Rio are Audra Cohen of Miami, Megan Falcon of LSU, Natalie Frazier of Georgia and Kristi Miller of Georgia Tech.

“Your face is the Congo!”: The Americans set an unfortunate tone with this stupid scandal last week, but they’ve since recovered to win medals and some support from the Brazilian spectators. (via IHT)


Going green: What’s most interesting to me about the games is the event’s workforce uniforms: the thread used to make them are created from recycled PET bottles (250,000 bottles were used in the process). The ecologically-friendly dyeing process involved water-based products.

ITF, ATP, SETWA: are you all listening? This is something you should require (or at least incentivize) of all your tournaments. Think about all the clothing made for each ballperson, line official, umpire (not to mention event volunteers, staff, etc.); all the tchotckes, flyers, and food given away (that’s plastic, paper, and wrappers all thrown away); and the energy used to run a tournament (generators? batteries?). There are lots of aways to go green in many aspects of producing and running a tournament, so we should research and implement them.

Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve seen a “green” campaign from any major event (or even from any major player). What’s up with that?