Nominations Open For 2017 ITA David A Benjamin Achievement Award
Please submit nominations no later than March 31, 2017.
This unique and prestigious award was created by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association to honor past participants in the world of collegiate tennis, who have achieved excellence in a chosen career (outside the world of professional tennis) and, in doing so, have made special contributions to society.
Applicant must have graduated from a four-year American college and lettered a minimum of one year on the school’s varsity tennis team.
The ITA will select a minimum of three finalists from all the applications received from the candidates, to be reviewed by the Selection Panel. One recipient (either a man or woman) will be selected as the 2017 ITA David A Benjamin Achievement Award winner.
Recognition and Award Ceremony
The winner will be honored by the ITA at a special award ceremony that will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHF) Board of Governors meeting at the New York Grand Hyatt Hotel. Stan Smith will present the winner with a framed certificate and a specially engraved Rolex timepiece. It is expected that the ITA Achievement Award Laureate (and guest) will also attend a session of the US Open, courtesy of the USTA, and will be recognized later that same evening during the ITHF Legends Ball. In addition, the honoree will be featured on the ITA Website and in a special commemorative brochure.
Donation to Institution
The ITA will make a donation of $2,500.00 to the varsity tennis program of the undergraduate institution at which the award winner participated on the tennis team and received a four-year degree.
If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Dagen, firstname.lastname@example.org, Director of Special Projects & Assistant to the CEO.
For additional information about the ITA David A Benjamin Award, please read the ITA Achievement Award Endowed release.PAST ITA ACHIEVEMENT AWARD LAUREATES
2016 Brian Hainline, M.D. -- University of Notre Dame, 1978
2015 John Bridgeland -- Harvard University, 1982
2014 Lynn Tilton -- Yale University, 1981
2013 Roger Crawford -- Loyola Marymount University, 1982
2012 General Ann E. Dunwoody -- State University of New York at Cortland, 1975
2011 Jon D. Erickson -- University of Michigan, 1959
2010 Robert A Swift -- Haverford College, 1968
2009 John L. Thornton -- Harvard University, 1976
2008 Sheridan Snyder -- University of Virginia, 1958
2007 Dr. Geoffrey Tabin -- Yale University, 1978
2006 Thomas Cundy -- Florida State University, 1955
2005 Steve Appleton -- Boise State University, 1982
2004 Dr. George Fareed -- University of California, 1966
2003 Gene Sperling -- University of Minnesota, 1982
2002 Jack Blanton, Sr. -- University of Texas, 1947
2001 Patricia Beckford Acheson -- Queens College, 1972
2001 Judge Gerald E. Rosen -- Kalamazoo College, 1973
2000 Dr. Ruth M. Haude -- Indiana State (PA), 1958
2000 Dr. Michael P. Johnson -- Clark University, 1979
1999 Christine Grant -- Swarthmore College, 1969
1999 Governor Pedro Rossello -- University of Notre Dame, 1966
1998 Lieutenant Colonel Gail Allen -- Air Force Academy, 1982
1998 Dr. William Bowen -- Denison University, 1955
1997 Dr. Bert Vogelstein -- University of Pennsylvania, 1981
1997 Lisa Hoffstein -- University of Pennsylvania, 1981
1996 Roger B. Porter -- Brigham Young University, 1969
1996 Wilma A. Lewis -- Swarthmore College, 1978
1995 Dr. Rebecca Birchmore Campen -- University of Georgia, 1963
1995 Senator John Breaux -- University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1964
1994 Judge Peggy Brenden -- Luther College, 1976
1994 Athan James Shaka -- Harvey Mudd College, 1980