Kibira Earns West Region Arthur Ashe Award

Kibira Earns West Region Arthur Ashe Award

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LOS ANGELES — Occidental men's tennis player Isa Kibira was named the ITA West Region Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winner.

The award recognizes outstanding individuals in all divisions at the regional and national level. This award, which dates back to 1982, goes to NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and JUCO men's and women's players who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.

"Isa competes with class and grace every time he steps on the courts for practices or matches. I am continually impressed by his composure, sense of fair play, positivity and warmth towards his opponents," Oxy head men's and women's tennis coach Ghia Godfree said.

Kibira finished with a team-best six wins on the season, playing everything from No. 2-5 singles and primarily No. 2-3 doubles. 

"Isa maintains his integrity whether he is winning or losing," Godfree said. "His leadership and sportsmanship qualities are predicated on his incredible sense of empathy. He is a deeply empathetic and thoughtful person. He is selfless and patient and pours his heart into work that will benefit others."

Kibira is also an exemplary figure in the Oxy community. He is heavily involved in Oxy's Black Student Alliance, he's served on several search committees as the student representative, including the Campus Safety Advisory Committee and the Dean of Students search, and is currently working at the Leadership Professional Development Program for the city of Minneapolis in his hometown.

"It feels great. I feel like it really reflects our team, honestly," Kibira said. "We also were named the SCIAC sportsmanship award winner for our conference. I'm happy to be a part of a team with a lot of dedicated and passionate guys."

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