Florida Tech senior tennis student-athletes Natalia Ramos and Jonathan Hanna have been selected as winners of the 2009-10 SSC Sportsmanship Awards.
Both student-athletes were also recently recognized as recipients of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. Presented to outstanding players at all levels of intercollegiate tennis, the award is given to student-athletes who exhibit outstanding sportsmanship and leadership, as well as scholastic, extracurricular, and tennis achievements. Awards are presented at both the regional and national levels.
A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ramos was a national recipient the 2010 Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. A four-year standout for the Panthers, Ramos was known for being respectful of her opponents and a constant supporter of her teammates during practices and matches. She was also the first member of her team to volunteer to host clinics or assist at charity functions.
“Natalia has been an outstanding leader on and off the courts for Florida Tech,” head coach Bill Macom said. “She battled several injuries on and off during her four years without complaint. She is not only a leader by example, but she backs up what she preaches to her teammates and to other student-athletes at Florida Tech.”
Hailing from Nassau, Bahamas, Hanna was a regional recipient of the 2010 Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. Earlier this year, he was also tabbed as Florida Tech’s inaugural winner of the Florida Tech Male Sportsmanship Award. A four-year member of Tech’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Hanna was heavily involved in campus and community projects. He served as vice president of his campus SAAC and secretary of the SSC SAAC in 2009-10.
“Jonathan is an avid supporter of all student-athletes at Florida Tech, especially his teammates, and is very respectful of his opponents,” Macom said. “Several opposing coaches over the years have complimented his demeanor and graciousness. He has always been the voice or the laugh heard during practices and matches. I’m proud to have had him as our team’s captain.”