CWRU Men’s Tennis Receives ITA Regional Community Service Award

CWRU Men’s Tennis Receives ITA Regional Community Service Award

The Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team was presented with the 2019 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Community Service Award for the Central Region as announced by the organization on Tuesday evening.

By virtue of winning the regional award, the Spartans are in the running for the national honor, along with fellow regional winners Carnegie Mellon University (Atlantic South) and Trinity University (West).  The National Community Service Award winning team will be revealed on Monday, May 20th.

The Spartans organized a number of community outreach events surrounding the 2019 ITA Indoor Championships, hosted by CWRU at the Cleveland Racquet Club in Pepper Pike, Ohio in late February.  The Thursday prior to the start of the event, the Spartans hosted a Special Olympics Clinic, inviting over 60 special Olympians to work with Case Western Reserve University men's tennis players, the Spartans for Special Olympics and volunteers from the Northeast Ohio Tennis Association.

Later in the day, CWRU hosted "Kids Day," welcoming in a group from the Inner City Tennis Clinics, now known as 'Advantage Cleveland,' which is focused on changing the lives of urban youth and improving the Cleveland community by providing a high-quality portfolio of life skills and healthy lifestyle experiences.

"We were excited to be the host for the prestigious event this year and knew that we had to do an incredible job of getting the community involved in as many ways as possible," said CWRU Head Men's Tennis Coach Todd Wojtkowski.  "By partnering with Advantage Cleveland and Special Olympics, we were able to get over 100 young players into the facility that day and used the help of the other teams to teach all of these young kids some tennis."

In addition to the event associated with the ITA Indoor Championships, members of the CWRU men's tennis team and Wojtkowski volunteered with Advantage Cleveland throughout the year.

"The time our players put into school and the tennis community is very genuine," said Wojtkowski.  "They aren't just trying to build a resume, they are truly connected and emotionally involved with growing the sport from here outward.  They appreciate of all the things that the tennis community in Northeastern Ohio has provided for them, including, but not limited to, the ability to host the ITA National Indoor Championships four of the past six years."

The Spartans finished the 2019 season with an overall record of 21-9 and were ranked 12th in the latest ITA poll after placing fifth at the UAA Championships.  Sophomore Matthew Chen will be participating in the NCAA Division III Singles Championships from 24th-26th at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.