In an historic meeting on March 1, 2016, the Cuban government approved a project to rebuild the tennis courts at the National Tennis Center in Havana, Cuba. The project was the vision of Jake Agna, tennis pro of Burlington, Vermont.
The Memorandum of Understanding was between the Cuban American Friendship Society (CAFS) of Burlington, Vermont, (non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization), as the licensed exporter, and the National Tennis Federation in Cuba.
The original application, sponsored by CAFS, was designated Humanitarian status by the U.S. Department of Commerce, allowing the project to be sanctioned quickly. With both license from the U.S. government and Cuban approval, Agna and his team embarked on the first bricks-and-mortar project to take place in Cuba since the Eisenhower Administration.