Moonen honored by ITA, Team Takes Home Community Service Award
MURFREESBORO, Tennessee – Middle Tennessee men’s tennis team honored with Intercollegiate Tennis Association with three playoff awards announced Monday.
Tom moonen was named the Ohio Valley Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship and Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Awards. This is the second year in a row that Moonen has won both sportsmanship awards.
ITA Director Arthur Ashe & Sportsmanship Award – This prestigious award, which dates dates back to 1982, is presented at national student men and women–athletes who have demonstrated excellence sportsmanship and leadership, as well as academic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.
ITA Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award – ITA’s oldest award honors a Division I male student-athlete which shows sportsmanship, character, excellent academics and had outstanding game achievements.
“Tom winning this award two years in a row is no big surprise,” head coach said Jimmy borendame. “It’s a class act. He’s truly remarkable. I can’t wait to see him in a few years because I know he will be successful in anything and everything. I appreciate everything he has done to the MTSU program and how it represented itself and the program “
Additionally, the Blue Raiders have claimed the Ohio Valley Area Community Service Award. Public Service work for the Blue Raiders in 2020-21 and later years including reading to children in primary schools, tennis teaching in Physical education class, welcoming the town of Murfreesboro Schools for a free clinic and a partnership with Buddy Up and the Boys and Girls Club for free clinics.
“The team was limited in 2020-2021 with community service, but when we could, we stepped up,” Borendame continued. “Credit to the guys for always going to great lengths whenever called upon to serve the community. This community service helps us develop complete student-athletes at MTSU.”