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National Bank Celebrates Collection of One Million Balls with On the Ball

Montreal, 8 September 2014 -

Program collects and repurposes used tennis balls to reduce noise and enhance the ability to concentrate in classrooms.

Today, National Bank announced it has successfully reached a milestone of collecting one million recycled tennis balls for the On the Ball initiative. The program engages communities to collect old tennis balls that are placed on the legs of students’ chairs to facilitate quieter learning environments.  

For thousands of children that benefit from this, the impact of this program is tremendous. Since the program’s inception in 2006, National Bank has partnered with tennis clubs in Quebec and Ontario have participated in the program by hosting On the Ball donation bins. The tennis balls collected are then donated to elementary schools and placed on the legs of students’ chairs to create quieter classrooms and eliminate screeching seats.

“National Bank is deeply committed to supporting youth and this program is an excellent example of enablement and how we can work collaboratively to drive success to our youth. We are delighted to reach this millionth ball milestone and build a foundation for the continued success of the program,” states Lise-Anne Amyot, Vice-President – Brand and Client Experience.

To drive awareness for the program and help achieve its millionth ball objective, National Bank has worked alongside Canadian professional tennis stars and program ambassadors Vasek Pospisil and Aleksandra Wozniak. Pospisil and Wozniak have an impressive list of accolades in their careers and an unwavering commitment to the sport on and off the court. Recently, B.C. native Vasek Pospisil has had tremendous success as Wimbledon’s doubles champion and currently stands as Canada’s No. 2 in singles and doubles. Meanwhile, Montreal’s Aleksandra Wozniak is currently ranked 21st and remains the fourth highest-ranked Canadian singles player of all time.

“I am honoured to be a new ambassador of National Bank’s On the Ball program, especially for the millionth ball milestone,” says Pospisil. “A child’s education is critical and I am delighted to be working alongside Aleks to drive ongoing success to the program. It is important for us to imagine the future of quieter classroom environments and how we can work together to enhance the ability of student concentration.”

“It is an honour to be affiliated with National Bank’s On the Ball program at a moment like this,” said Wozniak. “Every ball makes a difference and it is remarkable to see National Bank’s dedication and what they have achieved. As an ambassador since 2012, I have seen the program grow tremendously and am excited to see what lies ahead.”

The On the Ball program will continue to collect used balls at various tennis clubs in Ontario and Quebec to distribute to schools. For more information on the program, please visit

About the ONE FOR YOUTH Program
Each year, National Bank supports hundreds of Canadian organizations through its donations and sponsorships program. At the heart of this program is our involvement with youth, where a large proportion of our contributions are concentrated. At National Bank, we know that young people represent our dreams and hopes for the future. We believe it is up to all of us to help the next generation develop to its fullest potential. Whether it's supporting medical research and access to care, promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyles, or getting young people involved in their community, National Bank and its nearly 20,000 employees are proud to help today's youth grow and thrive.

About National Bank of Canada
With $199 billion in assets as at July 31, 2014, National Bank of Canada (, together with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada’s leading integrated financial groups. The Bank has more than 20,000 employees and is widely recognized as a top employer. Its securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: NA). Follow the Bank’s activities via social media and learn more about its extensive community involvement at and

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Jean-François Lauzon
Advisor – Public Affairs
National Ban
Tel.: 514-394-6097