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ITA Ann Lebedeff Leadership Award

The ITA Ann Lebedeff Leadership Award is named after revered college tennis coach and educator, Dr. Ann Lebedeff, and is endowed by sports icon, humanitarian, and friend of college tennis and higher education, Billie Jean King. “Ann Lebedeff is a champion on and off the court and I am so proud to be part of the ITA’s leadership award program that honors Ann’s commitment to our sport. By showcasing and celebrating the work of leaders in college sports like Ann, we can create a foundation for growth and success for student-athletes.” — Billie Jean King The award honors a recent college graduate who played college tennis and demonstrated excellence on and off the court, leadership on his or her team, as well as on his or her college campus and in his or her community. The annual recipient of the award demonstrates a passion and perseverance towards long-term goals, a commitment to social justice and equality, and pushes others to be leaders in addition to demonstrating his or her own leadership.

2023 Nominations Now Open

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 ITA Ann Lebedeff Award and will be accepted until Friday, March 24th when the nomination period closes.


Applicants must:

  • Have graduated from a four-year American ITA member institution (slated to graduate on or before June 2023)
  • Have letters a minimum of two (2) years on the school’s varsity tennis team

Please submit the following in ONE (1) email submission:

  • A letter of application that includes an essay describing the role tennis and higher education have played in his or her life
  • Contact email and phone number (for nominee)
  • Letters of support on behalf of the candidate must also be submitted by the candidate’s varsity tennis coach, a college professor, and a colleague/teammate

Please submit nominations to Rachel Dagen (rdagen@itatennis.com) no later than Friday, March 24th

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