Now the book is being turned into a documentary called Bounce. It turns out that people have decided that playing with a ball is good for you and is a universal choice of use all over the world. From one’s first connection with a ball, there seems to be a comfort zone perhaps from the bouncing rhythm or just the smoothness of holding a ball. Even with a young child, one of the first forms of communication is rolling a ball to the child and having that child pass it back to you.
It has been around for thousands of years. The Pharaohs of Egypt played an ancient form of ball and it was the Mayans using the rubber tree who first gave the ball its bounce. When the Spanish arrived and saw the Indians playing with this incredible object bouncing they thought it was possessed by demons. They had never seen rubber before.
Even our current President Obama put in the White House a basketball hoop. He says the ball helps him with the weight of the office on him. So, we all need a stress reliever. Some people just squeeze a ball at their desks at the office to relieve stress. We all had an experience with a ball good or bad somehow it hit us in the face and humbled us. So, go get a ball and have a ball with it.