Natasha Subhash bags Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award for 2023


She is a three-time ITA singles All-American, a student at the McIntire School of Commerce, and a passionate volunteer

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The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has awarded an Indian American tennis player, Natasha Subhash from the University of Virginia with the 2023 ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award, for outstanding sportsmanship and leadership along with scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements which embodies true legacy of tennis icon and humanitarian Arthur Ashe Jr.

Daughter of immigrant Indian parents, Subhash is a three-time ITA singles All-American, earning the honor in each of her first three seasons. She was also a doubles All-American in 2021. In 2020, she was named the ITA National Rookie of the Year. She is a two-time ITA Atlantic Region singles champion and has consistently earned places in the field of the ITA All-American and ITA Fall National Championships.

Subhash is a commerce major studying in the McIntire School of Commerce, one of the top five undergraduate business schools in the country.

“My personal philosophy has always been to do whatever I can to help others,” Natasha Subhash stated. “I have always loved to work with children and those with special needs, and I think the love for this came from my mom who is a middle school special education teacher.”

Apart from training for tennis and studying, she makes sure that she finds time to volunteer. She has been working with Madison House’s Athletes Committed to Education (ACE) program since 2019, volunteering as a tutor working with elementary school students.

Subhash has twice been voted UVA’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, winning it the first time as a sophomore. She was also named the recipient of the Ralph Sampson Scholarship Award, an honor given annually to UVA’s top third-year student-athlete who best demonstrates excellence in academics, leadership and athletics.

Head Coach Sara O’leary praised her, “Congratulations to Natasha for being named this year’s ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership Award recipient! From day one as a Virginia Cavalier, Natasha has chosen to dedicate her time not only to her education and her tennis but to helping and leading others.”

“Natasha leads through her compassion, reliability and determination to make a difference. The impact she has had and will continue to have in Charlottesville will be her legacy as a Cavalier,” added O’leary.

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