The Rotary Club of South Burlington awarded its 2013 annual “Fred Tuttle Award” to Jake Agna, Click more for details and photo.......
 

The Rotary Club of South Burlington awarded its 2013 annual “Fred Tuttle Award” to Jacob W. (Jake) Agna, a South Burlington resident.  This award is given to a community member who has shown exemplary vocational work in the South Burlington Community.

Mr. Agna has worked at the South Burlington Sports and Fitness Edge facility and has coached the South Burlington Girls Tennis team for 30 years.  For the last fourteen years he has also been director of the “Kids on the Ball” program which began in the summer of 2000 when Mr. Agna invited 20 children from the King Street Center to join the “junior development” program at the Edge.  He established this program believing that what they learned would not only give them a life-long sport, but that it would also help them develop important social skills.  The program has grown from a summer program to include an afterschool program as well as in-school training at elementary and middle schools.  Agna noted, “Rich or poor, black or white … whatever.  On the tennis court none of that matters.  It’s all about working together, working hard and having fun.  Tennis can help kids develop the drive, discipline and direction needed for success – in sports and in life.” http://www.kingstreetcenter.org/our-programs/7-kids-on-the-ball.html

In 2006 Agna won the Eve Kraft USTA Community Service Award of the Year from the United States Tennis Association for “Kids on the Ball.”  http://www.usta.com/About-USTA/USTA-Awards/109261_Eve_Kraft_USTA_Community_Service_Award/

In addition to the “Kids on the Ball” program, Agna also helped create and manages a “Progressive Class” for at risk teens from South Burlington High School twice a week during the school year.

Like Fred Tuttle, Jake Agna exemplifies how a person’s day-to-day work, his vocation, can enrich the community.  Thousands of people have learned to play tennis, and hundreds of low income children have acquired experiences often not easily available to them.   At risk teens from all walks of life acquire “coping skills” while having fun learning to play a competitive sport. 

For additional information, please contact either Matt Johnson, President of the South Burlington Rotary Club (cementon@juno.com), Rotarian Jay Pasackow (jayp@hbrealty.com) or Rotarian Sandy Walsh (skwalshvt@myfairpoint.net).