MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State women’s tennis team was recognized for its dedication to the community on Monday (May 18), as the group earned a Community Service Honorable Mention Award from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) during the announcement of its 2020 Division I Regional Playing Awards.
The team logged more than 120 hours of community service during the 2019-20 academic year, which included service projects with Body First Tennis Center, Happy Kitchen at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Meadowlark Retirement Community, A Gift for Teaching, United Service Organization, the Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan and Golden Prairie Honey Farms in the Manhattan area.
“We are very proud of our ladies for showing such character in giving back to their community during the 2019-20 academic year,” said Head Coach Jordan Smith. “We aim not only to develop champions on the court but also to develop champions in life. Our community service projects play a vital role in this, helping our athletes develop as people, growing their appreciation for their own blessings and learning the importance of giving back to others. Our ladies always serve with a ‘can-do’ attitude and display a heart of giving true to the K-State way.”
K-State was featured with four other programs in the ITA Central Region as Arkansas, Wichita State and Nebraska-Omaha all received distinctions for their efforts in their local communities.
To qualify for the award, the ITA requires that a team gives back to their campus or their community through tennis and non-tennis pathways as well as a detailed statement explaining the team’s activities, organizations partnered with and hours served per year.
Despite the shortened season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ITA recognized the hard work on and off the court of deserving student-athletes in the Central Region. The Division I Playing Awards included the Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship, ITA Rookie of the Year, ITA Player to Watch, ITA Most Improved Senior, ITA Senior Player of the Year, ITA Community Service Award and ITA Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award.
The national winners of the awards will be announced next Monday during a special virtual awards ceremony. The awards ceremony can be viewed on the ITA’s Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
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Source: Kansas State Sports