North Carolina And Central Alabama Receive ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award

March 21, 2005 11:07 AM

The University of North Carolina men's and Central Alabama Community College women's tennis teams have been honored as this month's recipients of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Sportsmanship Award.

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 college 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.

North Carolina and Central Alabama are this season’s first recipients of the National Team Sportsmanship Award. UNC is coached by Sam Paul and CACC is coached by Kathleen Thompson. Paul is in his 12th year as head coach for the Tar Heels; Thompson is in her fifth season as CACC head coach.

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.

As the governing body of collegiate tennis the ITA promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community.

The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, N.J., administers numerous regional and national championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit, presented by the USTA, and the ITA Rankings for men's and women's tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship. The official ITA website is