Le recieves national tennis award
Friday, September 7, 2007
By Wendy Sanders
Oklahoma Christian University senior tennis player Jennifer Le received the Aruthur Ashe, Jr. Collegiate Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship. On Aug. 25 she traveled with Coach Lisa Johnson to New York City to receive the award at the United States Tennis Association Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
“I have never been to New York,” Le said. “This trip has been a real blessing because I have never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be able to go to New York City this soon in my life.”
Although Le has won many awards, she has never had an opportunity quite like this.
“It was a very humbling experience to win the Ashe Award,” Le said. “I owe it all to God, my parents, coaches, teammates and friends that have been such encouragers. I am so blessed to be going to school at Oklahoma Christian. The accounting and business department have been great working with me on classes and absences.”
While in New York, she was able to explore and see many of the sites.
“I got to go to the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center, watch the Arthur Ashe Kid’s Day event from the president’s box and had a luncheon with former New York City mayor David Dinkins,” Le said.
During their free time, Le and Johnson were able to visit Central Park, the World Trade Center site, Rockefeller Center and Times Square.
After three years of varsity tennis, Le has achieved many athletic awards on top of the Ashe award, including the 2006 NAIA Champion of Character Award. She was named the 2006 NAIA Southwest Region Champion in both singles and doubles, and a 2007 International Tennis Association All American.
On top of her tennis skills, Le has been very involved on campus as a member of social service club Theta Theta Theta. As an accounting major, boasting a 3.9 grade point average, she won the Who’s Who Award in the Oklahoma Christian School of Business.
“I like to bake cookies when I’m not on the tennis courts and cooking. I like spending time with my family, and I also like to hang out with my awesome roommates. I love watching OU Football and basketball,” Le said.
With her team leadership and personality, Le has been a special player for Johnson.
“Jennifer Le has been a coach’s dream. I have never coached a player quite like Jennifer,” Johnson said. “Jen rises above the average college tennis player in the realm of sportsmanship. She does not get frustrated when opponents demonstrate poor behavior.”
This season, Le will serve as team captain for the Lady Eagle’s and although they have lost three girls in the line up, she has high hopes for the team this year.
“We have a really young team this year, but we have some solid freshman that are joining our line up that should make a huge impact on our team” Le said.
Le hopes to compete in the Small College National tournament in October and later return to the national tournament in the spring.