Air Force's Dake Earns ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award
May 21, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Air Force senior Hannah Dake was named the recipient of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's national Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award for the 2012-13 academic year. After winning the Mountain Region award last week, Dake was on the national ballot with 11 other regional winners.
The Arthur Ashe Award recognizes outstanding individuals in all divisions at the regional and national level. In August the national winners will be honored during a special ceremony hosted by the United States Tennis Association during Arthur Ashe Kids' Day inside Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. This award, which dates back to 1982, goes to NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College men's and women's players who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.
"Hannah's Arthur Ashe Award is the biggest honor a player can receive," said Air Force head coach Kim Gidley. "We are so proud of Hannah for her outstanding representation of the women's tennis program and the Air Force Academy. It is so great to see that Hannah's efforts on and off the court have been recognized and I know she will continue to serve and be a leader as she embarks on her Air Force career. For a coach, this is as big as it gets."
Dake, this year's team MVP, led the Falcons with 25 doubles wins and was second with 20 singles wins this season. Her 25 wins with fellow senior Melissa Cecil were the most by an Air Force doubles team in one season since Kat Bushey and Christine Abayan had 29 in 2005-06. She will graduate ranked No. 3 on the school's career list with 82 overall doubles wins and 152 combined (singles and doubles) victories in the Division I era (since 1996). She also earned her first all-Mountain West selection this season.
Off the court, Dake has been involved with her squadron as well as several community activities. She served as a squadron superintendent, monitoring the accountability of over 100 cadets, and as an assistant flight commander during basic training. In the community, Dake and her teammates have volunteered for many local activities, including several events at Skyway Elementary School as well as the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society and the Marion House Soup Kitchen.
Dake, a member of the commandant's and dean's lists at the Academy, will graduate next with a degree in Humanities and a minor in philosophy. Her first assignment as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force will be as a Force Support Officer at Seymour-Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, N.C.