The 2019 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) men's and women's regional and national award winners were announced during the banquets prior to opening the NJCAA National Championships.
The women struck first in Tyler, TX by being named the National Community Service & Outreach Team of the Year. The men followed it up one week later in Tucson, AZ and received the same recognition to sweep the category.
The award was created to spotlight all the great work that coaches and student-athletes do for their communities on an annual basis, and this year the Tritons were the best in the country at it.
"Our program gets a great sense of pride doing community work here in Fort Dodge and our surrounding service area," said Iowa Central Head Tennis Coach Jerry Thor. "Serving others is ultimately what leadership is all about. And while giving back is important, it also gives us so much in return by helping our players become better teammates, better family members, and better citizens.
Iowa Central men's tennis player Colten Way was named the NJCAA's national winner of the Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award. Way played for the Tritons in 2018 and 2019, helping them to a 33-14 record while developing tremendous admiration from teammates and opponents alike.
The award is given annually to collegiate student-athletes who have shown great achievements on and off the court, taking into account a player's tennis accomplishments, scholastic achievements, and extracurricular endeavors. A select group of accomplished student-athletes have been honored since 1982 and are flown to the site of the US Open in New York to take part in award ceremonies.
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