Rosen one of four Division III men's tennis finalists for ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award

Ben Rosen is the northeast region winner of the ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award! (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Bates senior captain Ben Rosen was named the northeast region winner of the Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award and is one of four men's Division III tennis finalists nationally for the same honor, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced on Thursday. 

This latest award for Rosen (Port Washington, N.Y.) comes on the heels of being named first team ALL-NESCAC in singles and doubles. He also earned the conference's Clarence Chaffee Sportsmanship Award, which honors the individual who best combined and displayed a high standard of tennis coupled with the highest levels of sportsmanship. 

Rosen and doubles partner sophomore Jacob Kauppila (Chesterfield, Mo.) will compete at the NCAA Championships May 24-26 in Claremont, California. Rosen qualified in singles and doubles, posting an 11-3 record this season playing at No. 1 singles and a 9-7 record at No. 1 doubles for the Bobcats. 

The ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. National Leadership and Sportsmanship Awards are given annually to collegiate students who have shown great achievements on and off the court. A select group of accomplished student-athletes have been honored in this way since 1982. Ashe himself inaugurated the award and personally made the presentations until his tragic passing in 1993.

The award takes into account a player's tennis accomplishments, scholastic achievements and extracurricular endeavors, and recognizes players who excelled on and off the court as Ashe did during his life. Sportsmanship, leadership and character are important criteria, as is giving back to the community. 

The ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. National Leadership and Sportsmanship Awards honors outstanding individuals in all collegiate tennis divisions at the regional and national level, including NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and JUCO men's and women's players.

ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award (Division III)

  • Justin Kang - Johns Hopkins University (Atlantic-South)
  • Brady Anderson - Coe College (Central) 
  • Ben Rosen - Bates College (Northeast)
  • Grant Gideon - Southwestern University (West)