Senior Will Petrie named ITA's National Arthur Ashe Award winner
See photo and article from August Luncheon at U.S. Open HERE
SKILLMAN, N.J. — Williams College senior Will Petrie, a senior captain, was named the recipient of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's national Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award.
The Arthur Ashe Award recognizes outstanding individuals in all divisions at the regional and national level. In August the national winners are honored during a special ceremony hosted by the USTA during Arthur Ashe Kids' Day inside Ashe Stadium. This award which dates back to 1982, goes to NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College men's and women's players who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.
"Will has been a great player and leader for four years," said Eph head coach Dan Greenberg. "He works as hard as anyone on the court and in the weight-room, but he also pours his energy into the campus and community. It's amazing how many things he does at Williams and how well he does them. It's added so much to our team and to all the people he's encountered here."
Competing at #6 singles Petrie has posted a 16-7 mark in singles and 15-8 at third doubles play this year.
Petrie was at one point banned from his team's practices in order to allow his blistered feet to heal. This is symbolic of his on-the-go lifestyle, running from class to practice to his variety of community service projects to which he devotes his time. He has fittingly been the captain of his team for the least two seasons, helping lead Williams to the NCAA Division III Semifinals each of the last two season's.
He also serves as the Co-President of his school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, developing innovative ways to integrate the athletic department into the community in a variety of ways. Petrie is very gifted academically as well, spending countless hours tutoring other college students along with local high school students. He also is a member of the Best Buddies program, which pairs a student with an underprivileged and mentally and/or physically handicapped individual in the community. If all of this wasn't enough, he also had to find the time to diligently put together his 120-page English thesis.
"Will's the type of kid who gives everything to all he does," Greenberg said. "He's so passionate about everything. But as much as he cares about tennis and the team, he cares more about people."