The Ohio Machine has more than last Saturday’s overtime win against the Charlotte Hounds to celebrate this week. In addition to hosting the inaugural girls’ Team Esteem Tournament presented by Donatos, Saturday July 19 made history when it became the first zero-waste day in the Major League Lacrosse history.
Zero-waste is a diversion of at least 90 percent of waste from the landfill or incineration.
The breakdown from Saturday’s activities attended by nearly 3,500 fans and participants was 24 bags of compostable post-consumer waste totaling 480 pounds, 16 bags of recyclable materials and one-and-a-half bags of actual garbage.
This sustainability aspect became more obvious as the plans for a youth tournament progressed.
“The more we discussed the growth of the sport, sustainability became the complimentary effort to the Team Esteem Tournament,” the Ohio Machine’s Zero Waste consultant Kristen Pendrey said. “Today’s youth understand and value conservation more than ever, so the Machine saw this as the responsible opportunity to introduce larger efforts to show its commitment to the game beyond the professional level.”
The growth of girl’s lacrosse in the United States has nearly matched the growth of boy’s lacrosse, according to a report published by US Lacrosse in April.
The Machine’s Team Esteem tournament presented by Donatos featured five teams from across Ohio that scored 176 goals over the course of the day. For each goal scored during the tournament, Thirty-One Gifts pledged 10 dollars for a total of 1,760 dollars raised.
“Half of the 1,760 dollars will go to the YWCA of Central Ohio and the other 880 dollars will become the first contribution the newly established Ohio Machine Foundation,” Ohio Machine Director of Corporate Partnerships Gregg Klein said.
Last Saturday’s undertaking involved local businesses from Central Ohio. Compost was collected on Saturday in bins donated from Worthington’s Big Green Head, which was then delivered to Delaware’s Price Farm Organics by Delaware’s Friction Metals Recycling. Seventeen volunteers from as far away as Athens, Ohio were also key in the day’s success.
“Our team values the integrity our partners in the zero waste effort have in ensuring the best for the region where our fans live and the growth of this exciting sport among all ages,” the Ohio Machine’s General Manager John Algie said. “With all the positive outreach and partnerships being generated from this past weekend, it’s never been a better moment to be a part of the Machine.”