Case Western Reserve University senior women's tennis player Nithya Kanagasegar was selected as one of the four finalists for the inaugural ITA Ann Lebedeff Leadership Award, endowed by Billie Jean King.
The ITA Ann Lebedeff Leadership Award was created to honor a recent college graduate who played college tennis and demonstrated excellence on and off the court, leadership on his or her team as well as on his or her college campus and in his or her community. The annual recipient of the award will have demonstrated grit (i.e. passion and perseverance towards long-term goals), a commitment to social justice and equality and will have pushed others to be leaders in addition to demonstrating his or her own leadership.
The finalist's materials (i.e., personal statement, resume, letters from their coach, teammate and institution's President) will be submitted to the ITA Ann Lebedeff Leadership Award Selection Panel. The ITA Ann Lebedeff Leadership Award winner will be honored by the ITA at a special awards ceremony in addition to receiving a specially-engraved gift and post-graduate scholarship. The ITA will also donate $1,000 to the tennis program of the institution from which the award winner graduated.
The winner will be announced on June 4th, 2018.
For more information on the four finalists, CLICK HERE.
Kanagasegar and the 17th-ranked Spartans will continue play on Tuesday during their Spring Break trip in Florida, when the team resumes play against Swarthmore College at a time to be determined and when the squad takes on 37th-ranked East Texas Baptist University at 7:00 p.m. at the USTA Tennis Center in Orlando, Florida.