*Originally Posted May 23, 2017*
BOISE, Idaho – Boise State’s men’s tennis team has been named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) National Community Service Award recipient for 2017. This is the first such national honor for the program.
“To win an award like this at the national level is like winning the national championship,” said head coach Greg Patton. “What it does is kind of acts as a gauge to judge the heart and soul of your program and its student-athletes on and off the court. I really believe it shows a sense of passion and compassion for our community which is a big part of our program’s principles and what we teach. Competition is the foundation of every program, but I really believe that the beauty of sports is caring, support and lending a hand. I’m so proud of what our guys did this year off the court and for them to receive this kind of recognition for the ways they gave back to the community is incredibly gratifying.”
The Broncos were chosen from a group of 12 finalist comprised of the regional award winners. Boise State was named the ITA Mountain Region Community Service Award winner last week.
Among the events the team participated in over the course of the last year was volunteering and serving as Boise State athletic representatives for the Idaho Make-A-Wish Foundation. At the Make-A-Wish Banquet, team members served as greeters, waiters, entertainers and also most importantly, as active fund raisers and sponsors for “Make-A-Wish Children Foundation of Idaho.”
In addition, the Broncos “adopted” Sam Lee, a 13-year-old Idaho teen battling a life-threatening disease, who was signed to an honorary letter of intent as part of the team’s work with the National Team IMPACT organization. The team organized several activities for Sam, including laser tag, go-kart riding, bowling and a birthday party at Red Robin.
Several players have logged over 80 hours of various community service work through the year, with their mission being to impact the Boise community in a positive and dynamic way that would influence people in a life-changing manner.