The Courts are Finished
Jake first went to Cuba in 2015 with his family on a tour run by the Cuban American Friendship Society (CAFS), a non-profit group organizing people-to-people tours to Cuba. After assessing the tennis situation there, Jake came away with the idea that the best way to help the Cuban tennis community would be to raise money and rebuild the ten tennis courts at the National Tennis Center in Havana. CAFS successfully obtained a specific license needed to rebuild the courts, and a contract was awarded to Hinding Tennis to do the renovation work. Jake formed a non-profit, Kids on the Ball, Inc. and raised several hundred thousand dollars to see the project through to its successfully completion. With the tennis court project now finished, Jake’s relationship with CAFS has ended. He is no longer engaged in any tennis or other projects with CAFS. Click here for information on any upcoming tennis trips.
Cross Cultural Exchange
The next phase of Jake's vision include youth exchange programs. Trips for several college tennis teams to visit Havana are in the planning stages. Work continues to broaden the interest of multiple collegiate and high school teams to join Kids on the Ball at the Cuban National Tennis Center.