Nov. 16, 2011
STILLMAN, N.J. -- Northwestern head women's tennis coach Claire Pollard is the winner of the prestigious 2011 USTA/ITA National Campus & Community Outreach Award, the organization announced Wednesday. Pollard will be presented with the award at the 2011 ITA Coaches Convention on Dec. 15.
The distinguished honor is presented each year to a college coach who provides a leadership role in increasing tennis participation both on campus and throughout the community.
Pollard, now in her 14th season as the head coach of the 'Cats, has always been a big proponent of giving back to the community and the past year has been no exception. Last spring Northwestern hosted two USTA/ITA Campus Showdowns and Campus Kids' Days, which featured free pizza, giveaways, a serving contest and autographs from the team.
The Wildcats also put on a 10-and-Under Tennis festival last spring, in addition to leading weekly junior clinics in which they helped beginners of the game develop their skills. Other community service projects for Northwestern included volunteering at local soup kitchens, reading to elementary school students and participating in a dance-a-thon.
"Tennis has given both my team and myself amazing experiences over the years," said Pollard. "It's such a great vehicle to experience so many amazing things. Anything that we can do at Northwestern to give that back to someone else is important."
Pollard was selected from a group of USTA Sectional winners that included coaches from teams in NCAA Divisions I, II and III. She will travel to Naples, Fla. for the ITA Coaches Convention where she will be presented with the honor on Thursday, Dec. 15.
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