Bears Wins ITA Sportsmanship Award
June 1, 2005
BERKELEY - The California women's tennis team has been honored as this month's recipient of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Team Sportsmanship Award, the ITA announced today.
The ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award is a monthly award that goes to one men's and one women's team that has exemplified outstanding sportsmanship, character and ethical conduct in the true spirit of competition and collegiate tennis. The winners are selected by the ITA Ethics and Infractions Committee from nominations received from all ITA member institutions (NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges). This monthly award began in 2003.
'Who you are as a player on the court is probably more important than winning,' says head coach Jan Brogan. 'Sportsmanship, I consider to be one of three areas of respect: respect the game, respect your opponent and respect the officials. Competing with this attitude makes one a champion regardless of result. We feel this is what makes the game fun in a time where winning at all costs, cheating and disrespecting officials has gotten out of hand.'
In addition to the obvious reasons, sportsmanship and fair play are considered important in college tennis due to the fact that players make their own line calls during a match.