Women's Tennis Honored With ITA Regional Award
May 24, 2018
CHICAGO – Women’s tennis made it a clean sweep for DePaul after being recognized with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) DI Community Service & Outreach Award for the Midwest Region.
The Blue Demon men’s tennis team also received the same honor. Only two other schools, Utah and Duquesne, won regional community service awards in both women’s and men’s tennis.
The ITA seeks to reward a team that gives back to its campus or community through tennis and non-tennis pathways.
Along with DePaul, Duquesne and Utah, the other women’s tennis teams to win regional awards include East Carolina, Nebraska Omaha, Cornell, Gonzaga, Austin Peay, Florida State and UAB.
Blue Demon tennis players Lenka Antonijevic, Aspasia Avgeri, Keisha Clousing, Marija Jovicic, Alina Kuzmenkova, Patricia Lancranjan and Milica Tesic volunteered at the Chicago Marathon last fall and shouted their encouragement to the participants.
The Blue Demons also worked at a spikeball tournament for a sport that has been described as a combination of volleyball and foursquare.
Last February, they volunteered at a soup kitchen and helped serve the homeless. The Blue Demons donated clothing to a shelter in May.
On Vincentian Service Day, the women’s tennis players worked at the Red Door, a no-kill animal shelter located on the city’s North Side with a mission to promote respect for all animals through education, rescue, sheltering and adoption.
They were represented last week at the DePaul all-sports day event to benefit Special Olympics that featured 56 student-athletes, 26 staff and faculty members and 127 Special Olympians participating in a number of sports drills and games at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
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