Roger Crawford Receives 2013 ITA Achievement Award
Former Lion Roger Crawford was awarded the 2013 ITA Achievement Award.
Sept. 10, 2013
Roger Crawford, alumnus of the Loyola Marymount University Class of 1982, has received the highest honor bestowed by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as he was presented with the 2013 ITA Achievement Award on Friday, Sept. 6, at the ITHF Board of Directors Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York. The ceremony was hosted by the International Tennis Hall of Fame (ITHF) and presented by Rolex Watch U.S.A.
Stan Smith, President of the ITHF, presented the award along with David A Benjamin, ITA Executive Director, and Stewart Wicht, President and CEO of Rolex Watch U.S.A., who presented a distinctive engraved Rolex timepiece to Crawford. In addition to this special gift, Roger and his wife were invited to watch a session of the 2013 U.S. Open from the President's Box, courtesy of the USTA. Crawford was also recognized during the ITHF's Legends Ball on Friday evening. The Loyola Marymount University varsity tennis program will also receive a $1,000 donation from the ITA in Crawford's honor.
Now in its 20th year, the ITA Achievement Award pays tribute each year to past participants in the world of varsity tennis who have achieved excellence in their chosen careers. The spirit of the award honors both professional success and contributions to society, made either as a direct result of a career, or through humanitarian efforts.
Crawford is currently a highly sought-after speaker and a best-selling author, who has written three books encouraging people to overcome obstacles and defy odds. He was born with ectrodactylism, a rare birth defect that affects all four of his limbs. Doctors told his parents that Crawford would not be able to walk or perform simple tasks, but he became the first and only athlete with four impaired limbs to compete in an NCAA Division I sport.
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