FIRST PITCH AGAINST PIRATES IS AT 6:05. TOUGH LOOKS THERE. LOCAL TEEN IS ABOUT TO GET QUITE THE EXPERIENCE. SAGE RUSHCOUGH REPLIES, AND SHE RECYCLES TENNIS BALLS. CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR ABOUT THIS. “EYEWITNESS NEWS” REPORTER PAT GALLEN IS LIVE AT HARD TAN HIGH SCHOOL IN ROSEMONT TO INTRODUCE US TO SAGE, GOOD MORNING, PAT. GOOD MORNING, GUYS, YES, SHE’S NOT HERE RECYCLING ME ON THE COURT’S SENTENCELY BUT SHE HAS FOUND A WAY TO RECYCLE TENNIS BALLS. SHE HAS BEEN HONORED FOR. THAT GOOD EVENING MONTH SAGE THANKS FOR HAVING ME. THANKS FOR HAVING ME. LITTLE EARLY FOR YOU. JUST A LITTLE. WE APPRECIATE IT ANYWAY. TELL US ABOUT THIS RECYCLE PROGRAM WHICH TAKES TENNIS BALLS AND DOES COOL THINGS WITH THEM. HOW DID YOU FIGURE OUT A WAY TO DO THIS. SO, I STARTED COLLECTING BALLS WHEN IOWAS ABOUT 10 YEARS OLD. PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THIS BUT WHEN YOU OPEN UP A CAN OF TENNIS BALLS IT LOSES PRESSURE. I DID IN THE NECESSITY THAT. OKAY. SO THERE ARE ABOUT 325 MILLION BALLS REUSED AND THEY END UP IN LANDFILLS. SO I STARTED TO SEND SOME BALLS, TO ANIMAL SHELTERS FOR DOGS, AND SCHOOLS FOR BOTTOM OF THE CHAIRS. OKAY. I SEND THEM TO NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION CALLED RECYCLE BALLS WHICH GRINDS UP THE RUB ARE AND THEY USE THE RUNNER AND TURN THEM INTO NEW TENNIS COURTS. JUST BY PLAYING YOU REALIZE THESE ARE ALL GOING IN THE TRASH OR SOMEWHERE TERRIBLE LETS FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE USE OF THEM. YES. REST IS HISTORY. SO WITH THAT BEING SAID YOU GOT A CHANCE TO GET TO THE U.S. OPEN THIS PAST WEEKEND, AND WE WERE HONORED, TALK ABOUT THAT WHOLE WEEKEND THAT WHOLE TRIP. IT WAS AMAZING, I WAS HONORED TO BE ABLE TO GO THERE ME WITH 16 OTHER PEOPLE, OTHER TEENAGERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY. YEP. WE GOT CHEST TO GO BASED ON COMMUNITY SERVICE. WOW. SO EACH OF THEM ALL DO AMAZING THINGS IN THEIR COMMUNITY SO WE ALL TALK ABOUT THAT AND HOW TO GROW WHAT THEY ARE DOING. YOU MADE A CHAIR OUT OF THESE AS WELL. YES, I DID. HOW DID YOU DO THAT. ME AND MY FRIEND WE TOOK A FEW HUNDRED BALLS OR SO AND GLUED THEM TOGETHER AND I MADE A CHAIR FOR MY CAT. CAN YOU MAY BEING ME A CHAIR. OF COURSE. A TURN STORE BASED ON TENNIS BALLS. COOL YOU ARE ABOUT TO START SCHOOL HERE THE HAIR TAN. I START SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 3RD, AND WE HAVE ALREADY HAD SOME OF OUR SEASON MATCHES, I HAD WITHIN LAST NIGHT. HOW DID IT GO. VERY EXCITING. I WON MY MATCH BUT OUR TEAM LOST IN THE CLOSE BATTLE BUT STILL A LICENSING SEES ON TO GO. DO YOU WANT TO SCHOOL ME ON LIVE TV BECAUSE I’M SURE EVERYBODY WANT TO SEE THAT HAPPEN. I’D LOVE TO. OF COURSE. OKAY. SERVE IT AT ME, SHOW ME WHAT YOU’VE GOT. WE HAVE BEEN OUT HERE WARMING UP THIS MORNING AND MY BACK IS TIGHT, GUYS. SHE IS THE ACE HERE AS IT WERE. OKAY, SAGE, LETS DO IT MAKE ME LOOK LAKE A FOOL, THAT IS WHY I’M HERE. NOT THAT MUCH OF A FOOL. NOT GOOD. OKAY, I GOT TO COME DOWN,. GETTING BETTER,. THAT WAS PRETTY GOOD. GUYS MY BACK CAN’T TAKE IT.. HE DOESN’T HAVE A TIGHT BACK YOU JUST GOT BACK FROM VACATION. YOU NEED TO RELAX.

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