It’s Easy Being Green

Babson athletes don’t just wear green. They are green, too.

By Chris Buck, Sports Information Director

As part of the College’s continuing sustainability efforts, the Athletics Department recently announced a new partnership with the Boston-based Kenai Sports. The company, which was founded by Phil Tepfer ’08 and Charles Bogoian ’08 during their senior year at Babson, specializes in converting recycled plastics into apparel.

Under the partnership, Kenai donated 800 T-shirts to the Athletics Department as part of a sponsorship agreement for the 2012 President’s Cup Golf Tournament. Those T-shirts, each made of approximately five to six recycled bottles, were given to Babson athletes and also distributed during various promotions.

Josh MacArthur, director of athletics, first discovered Kenai when Bogoian and Tepfer made Bloomberg Businessweek’s list of the best entrepreneurs age 25 and under.

“When you combine our athletic apparel needs with everything the College is doing to encourage sustainability,” MacArthur says, “I felt like Kenai would be a perfect fit for us.”

Starting with basic T-shirts in 2008, Kenai has expanded its apparel offerings to include fleeces, jackets, vests, polo shirts, uniforms, and weather-proof gear such as raincoats. The company collects bottles, cell phones, keyboards, and other plastics from landfills across the U.S. and Canada. Its efforts improve the environment by not only removing waste, but also by reducing carbon emissions.

Both Kenai Sports and Babson hope their partnership will continue for years to come. “When Josh approached us about getting involved with Babson athletics, we were honored,” says Tepfer. “We will always do as much as we can at Babson because the College has been so supportive of us through the years.”