Monday, August 14, 2000

Workout was worth it: trash team made money

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MASON — Lebanon City Schools soccer captain Nicole Belshe said picking up trash isn't so bad when you know the salary is $4,000.

        That's the amount Lebanon's men's and women's soccer players received Sunday for their volunteer clean-up efforts at the Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati over a four-day period. Various sports clubs and committees from the school district received a total of $20,000 for 11 days of work for Cleanevent U.S.A.

        “We won't have to have any more fund raisers throughout the year” said 16-year-old Nicole.

        Cleaning up at the tennis tournament wasn't exactly easy for the youths, teachers and parents, many of whom worked eight-hour shifts over several days sweeping streets, emptying trash cans, cleaning the stands, and wiping off tabletops in the food court. But it was a great way to raise money, said Bunny Brooks, head volleyball coach. The women's volleyball team alone will receive $10,000.

        Some of that money will help pay for shoes for all the players, Ms. Brooks said. The soccer team will use its portion for new warm-ups, uniforms, field upkeep and other needs, Nicole said.

        Along with the volleyball and soccer teams, some other groups that will benefit are: the classes of 2001 and 2002, the women's softball team, the National Honor Society and the ROTC.

        The company donating the money, Cleanevent U.S.A., is in charge of all the clean-up at the tennis tournament, said president and co-owner Paul Lovett.

        Cleanevent started as a two-person company 16 years ago in Australia but has blossomed to a permanent staff of 500 with 20,000 part-time employees in three countries, Mr. Lovett said.

        The company was in charge of clean-up for the Olympic Games in 1996 and now donates about $500,000 a year to nonprofit groups that volunteer to do clean-up duty at events like the Masters Series, Mr. Lovett said.

        “It's for a good cause,” he said. “We do it because we like to put money back into the local community where the events are held.”

        Nicole just finds the idea fun.

        “It gives us a couple days to bond as a team,” she said. “It's a very good way to make money ... and I hate selling candy bars.”


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