MOBILE, Ala. – Senior Ashlan Allison (Anderson, Ind.) received the 2013 ITA/NAIA Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship at the banquet of the NAIA National Tennis Championships on Monday, May 13. The honor recognizes Allison for her hard work and dedication to academic, athletics and community involvement.
Allison will graduate with honors in August of 2013 with a degree in social work and a second degree in business with concentrations in marketing and not-for-profit. At this time, she has a perfect 4.0 grade point average. She is a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete and a three-time member of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) All-Academic team.
On April 23, 2012, Allison won her 100th career match as a member of the Tiger tennis team. As a senior, Allison currently has a singles record of 19-11 and a doubles record of 18-5. Allison helped lead Olivet to CCAC Regular Season and Tournament titles this season, earning an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships. She and the Tigers will begin competition on Tuesday, May 14 as they take on Davenport University (Mich.).
Outside of the classroom and off the court, Allison is quite busy helping others. She has traveled abroad on mission trips to Guatemala and Haiti and participated in several mission trips within the United States, including a relief trip to aide Hurricane Katrina victims. Allison has also been active in her community by volunteering at church, local schools, nursing homes, independent living locations, the United Way, and helped with various projects through her school’s business club.
Allison is just the second Olivet Nazarene University tennis player to receive this honor, and the first from the women’s tennis team. In 2000, Craig Manes received the distinction.