Trinka Named Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award Recipient

Trinka Named Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award Recipient

CLAREMONT, Calif. - On the eve of the NCAA Individual Tennis Championships, Bowdoin senior Tess Trinka was honored with one of Division III tennis' highest honors: the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award.

The prestigious honor is given annually to collegiate students who have shown great achievements on and off the court. The award takes into account a player's tennis accomplishments, scholastic achievements, and extracurricular endeavors. Sportsmanship, leadership, and character are important criteria, as is giving back to the community.

One of the finest tennis players in Bowdoin's history, Trinka has been a multiple-time All-American and All-NESCAC performer. Off the court, she is a Biology major and Music minor who has been a Sarah & James Bowdoin Scholar, a two-time captain of the tennis team, a Head Proctor for Residential Life and a member of a cappella group Ursus Verses.

Additionally Trinka has participated in numerous volunteer activities, including helping to organize a tennis tournament in Chicago (Mary Diaz and William Copeland, Jr. Memorial Tournament) which has raised over $600,000 for the Mary Diaz Pancreatic Cancer Fund.

This spring, she was also awarded the College's Michael Francis Micchiche III Award, given annually to that individual who embodies the entire Bowdoin experience; who engages the College community, achieves academic excellence, and earns the respect of his or her peers and professors. She was also the recipient of the Athletic Deparment's Anne L.E. Dane Award For Outstanding Leadership.

Trinka will compete in the NCAA singles and doubles competition, with teammate Izzy Essi, beginning on Thursday in Claremont, Calif.