Georgia Tech’s Victoria Flores honored with national leadership award

Georgia Tech tennis player Victoria Flores was recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association with the ITA Ann Lebedeff Leadership Award for her overall excellence and leadership to her team and campus June 3,  2021. (Danny Karnik/Georgia Tech Athletics)
Georgia Tech tennis player Victoria Flores was recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association with the ITA Ann Lebedeff Leadership Award for her overall excellence and leadership to her team and campus June 3, 2021. (Danny Karnik/Georgia Tech Athletics)

Credit: Danny Karnik

Credit: Danny Karnik

Georgia Tech tennis player Victoria Flores was recognized Thursday as the winner of the ITA Ann Lebedeff Leadership Award, which honors a recently graduated college tennis player for excellence on and off the court and leadership on the team and on his or her campus.

On the court, Flores earned All-American status for the Yellow Jackets and was a two-time captain. Away from competition, she founded a group within the Tech athlete advisory group dedicated to racism and prejudice awareness and also helped facilitate diversity and empathy training for Tech’s athletic programs.

Flores, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, also helped create a mental-health committee within the athletic department and has mentored students in Tech’s Excel program, which serves students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She graduated in May with a degree in business administration.

“I am blessed and truly honored to receive this award while representing Georgia Tech Athletics and our women’s tennis team,” Flores said in a statement. “Receiving this award means so much to me because it sheds light on the various activities I was involved in during college that I was so passionate about. Hopefully, I can encourage other college athletes to utilize their current platform and make a difference where they can. The driving force behind my passion to serve others and advocate for equality in all aspects of life is simple. The more you give with pure intent, the more you receive. Other than when I’m playing tennis, I am most fulfilled with joy when I can help others in any way.”

The award is bestowed by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and is endowed by tennis legend Billie Jean King. Flores will be granted a postgraduate scholarship and the Tech women’s tennis team will receive a $1,000 donation from the ITA in her honor. Flores is the first Tech player to win the award, now in its fourth year.

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