About Jake Agna
Jake Agna is founder of the Kids on the Ball, an award-winning tennis and mentoring program in Burlington, Vermont. After years of helping thousands of under-served, at-risk youth through Kids on the Ball, Agna is committed to do the same in other cities and countries.
Plans for the next year include replicating Kids on the Ball programming to additional cities. Inviting tennis professionals, Community Tennis Associations, and youth serving non-profit organizations from across the country to Burlington to experience first hand Kids on the Ball in action is the first step in duplicating this award-winning programming.
Rebuilding the Courts in Cuba
After first travelling to Cuba in 2015, Jake was inspired by the warmth and spirit of the Cuban people. Determined to improve the deplorable conditions at the National Tennis Center in Havana, Jake secured funding to resurface the courts at the Center which will allow Cuban youth to engage in tennis is a safer, more exciting and appropriate manner. This project was completed in November 2016.
Over the past year, diverse groups traveled to Cuba with Kids on the Ball. These trips will continue and expand to include youth exchange programs. Several trips are in the planning stages.
We Can't Do it Without Help
Kids on the Ball, Inc. seeks continued financial support to solidify its base of operations in order to expand programming and broaden its reach to positively affect greater numbers of youth. We are very grateful for all of the generous gifts to date. To donate to the project click here. Please note any donation is tax-deductible as Kids on the Ball is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization.
One Ball at a Time
“We’re changing lives, one ball at a time. Bringing kids together to learn from each other and support each other is my passion. I’m humbled by this opportunity and the incredible support we have received,” - Jake Agna