Men’s Tennis Earns the NAIA’s Team Champions of Character Award

Wed, 05/23/2012

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans men’s tennis team has been selected as the 2012 Champions of Character Team. The NAIA presents the award to one team at the end of the season for each of the 23 championship sports.

“I am honored that our men’s team received the NAIA champions of character team award,” said tennis head coach Zubin Engineer. “Throughout the season, they exemplified the five core values and truly deserved this award."

Teams that receive the award demonstrate characteristics of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship. These institutions and athletic programs strive for excellence in and out of competition. They are part of communities throughout the country dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics.

This past fall, the ‘Pack participated in Loyola’s Annual Wolves on the Prowl National Day of Service. They volunteered with multiple community service programs such as the New Freret where student-athletes worked along the Freret Street corridor weeding, collecting garbage and removing graffiti.

The Wolfpack also volunteered for the “Play 4Kay” Foundation selling t-shirts to raise money for breast cancer awareness. Play 4Kay is a global, unified effort for a nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer for awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.

Freshmen lended a hand to the “Into the Streets” program as they went outside the walls of Loyola and “into the streets” of New Orleans to help those in need in our local community.

Furthermore, the ‘Pack assisted at the Second Harvest Food Bank receiving, sorting and packing food for the homeless.

The men’s tennis also achieved an outstanding season in the classroom as they earned a fall GPA of 3.06.

In addition, juniors Joshua Washington and Joshua Laviolette were named to the 2012 SSAC All-Academic Team, while senior Brian Peña landed on the SSAC’s Musco Lighting Champions of Character Team.

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