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Exciting News and Notes
Roosevelt Park Summer Program
As the school year comes to a
close, Kids on the Ball is gearing
up for our 12th summer in the
north end of Burlington. Jake
and a host of amazing volunteers
will be at the park Monday and
Wednesday from 8-9:30 am and Monday/Wednesday/Friday
This free program offers tennis coaching, racquets, snacks
and drinks for each session. Approximately 250 kids a week
will join us for the fun, lessons and food!
Want to volunteer or donate to the program? Please contact
Shona at: email@example.com
"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
Kids on the Ball Domestic Update
Kids on the Ball has expanded our programing to
Springfield, MA. In February, Jake and a few volunteers
made their way to 8 of the over 40 Springfield Elementary
Public Schools to bring KOTB to over 670 children. It was
an overwhelming success and KOTB is headed back this
month to train at another 4 schools.
Over the next year we hope to have covered all of the
elementary schools in the district, and will maintain
training four times over the course of the school year.
Here is what Cenaya Sylvia, 5th Grade, Glickman
Elementary School had to say.
"When the professional tennis players came, I thought they were very organized. Which is
a good thing. We had drills, expectations, and rules. When playing tennis Jake and his
team gave us challenges that we had to build upon in order to do the next challenge. I have
a competitive spirit, so this gave me another chance to bring that out. This experience has
changed how I see tennis. Thank you Kids on the Ball!"
In March we also expanded to the Lincoln School for the Arts in Marrero, LA, spending a
week teaching and working with over 450 students! It was a heartfelt week with a staff
that could not have been more supportive and thankful for our training. On our last day,
we were surprised with an all school assembly complete with gifts and hundreds of personal
thank you notes from the children! Thank you to our friend Max Begue of New Orleans
Youth Tennis for the introduction to this amazing school.
From the homeroom class of Ms. Hayes:
"We appreciate all your love and effort you have showed over the past few days. We love
you dearly and have a blessed LIFE! We also thank you for putting this whole thing
together. The whole 7th grade class thought playing tennis was fun. We love you."
KOTB feels incredibly fortunate to bring tennis to other areas of need in the United States!
Plans for the next year include replicating KOTB in additional cities around the country.
Education, training and support will be provided to interested state, municipal and civic
organizations partnering with us.
Save the Date
King of the Court with Jake Agna
August 25th, 2018
Burlington Tennis Club
Kids on the Ball Cuba Update
KOTB just returned from another
trip to Havana, Cuba with a group
of 10 people.
There were many highlights to the
trip. Hitting with the Jr. National
Tennis Team and the local
elementary children is always a
Orlando Garrido, 87, former
world ranked Cuban tennis player
and ornithologist joined us for an ocean side dinner. Garrido invited us to his home where he
shared tennis memorabilia and his passion for birds with a fellow birdwatcher on the trip!
We also visited a local elementary school where a group of children performed for the group.
Great meals, walking tours and rooftop views rounded out the adventure!
Trips to Cuba will resume in the fall of 2018. Interested or have questions?
Please contact Shona at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cuban National Tennis Center Before Resurfacing
Unveiling of the new courts with the Tennis Channel
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