ITA Achievement Award Laureate Cundy passes away

ITA Achievement Award Laureate Cundy passes away

Tom Cundy

The ITA wishes to send its condolences to the family and friends of Tom Cundy, the 2006 ITA Achievement Award winner, who passed away last weekend.

Cundy captured the 1951 Kentucky State High School Tennis Championship and attended Florida State on a tennis scholarship. He earned varsity letters all four years, graduating from FSU in 1955 with a Baccalaureate Degree in Industrial Psychology. In 1953 he helped the Seminoles to a 15-2 record, the program's best season ever. 

Cundy was a major advocate of educational and youth programs in his home state of Kentucky, providing equipment and scholarships to students throughout the state. He also funded a Holocaust Studies Program at his alma mater and was a contributor to the Florida State tennis program. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Florida State University Foundation, the International Tennis Hall of Fame and First Serve. 

In 2006, Cundy was given the ITA Achievement Award, presented by Rolex Watch U.S.A. The award is given each year to past participants in the world of varsity tennis who have achieved excellence in their chosen careers. The spirit of the award honors both professional success and contributions to society, made either as a direct result of a career, or through humanitarian efforts.

David Benjamin, Executive Director of the ITA, said, "Tom Cundy was an extraordinary individual and a wonderful friend of the ITA and our world of college tennis. Tom will be terribly missed by all of us."

To read more about Cundy’s life, please click
to read his obituary.      

Tom Cundy group photo
         2006 Achievement Award ceremony: Colette Bennett (Rolex Watch, U.S.A.), Stan Smith, Tom Cundy and David Benjamin (ITA)
Tom Cundy group photo
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