UAB Women’s Tennis Wins ITA Community Service Award

May 16, 2017

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced on Monday that the UAB women’s tennis team has won the ITA Community Service Award for the Southern Region.

All nine women’s tennis student-athletes participated in at least three different community service projects and logged a combined 177 hours over the last 11 months. Recent graduate Catherine Ragon was a part of 12 different projects during the previous year and donated 28 hours to the Birmingham community.

“We do our best to remind ourselves what a privilege it is to play college athletics and to play for UAB,” Blazer head coach Mark Tjia said. “We have made it a team priority to make sure we give back when we can. We believe it has also helped us become more well-rounded people and thus better student-athletes. We certainly don’t do it for the recognition, but it is nice to be recognized for it since we do put a lot of emphasis on it.  This award is something that we are very proud of.”

The Blazers volunteered at several different locations throughout Birmingham, including Children’s of Alabama, Deer Valley Elementary, Habitat for Humanity, Hands on Birmingham, Home Depot, Ronald McDonald House and The Miracle League of Gardendale. The group also volunteered at many different events on the UAB campus.

“The women’s tennis team does a phenomenal job of getting involved with projects as a team, yet also donated their individual free time to serve the Birmingham community whenever possible,” UAB Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Development and women’s tennis academic counselor Caitlin Callaghan said.

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