Heimberger Wins National Arthur Ashe Jr. Award
May 13, 2015
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
SKILLMAN, N.J. – PBA senior Mark Heimberger was named the national Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship winner on Tuesday evening at the national banquet.
The Mexico City, Mexico native becomes the first Sailfish to earn the award on the national level after he became the second to win the award on the regional level late last week.
Part of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Award is based on an essay turned in by the nominees, while other categories such as community service and volunteer work are also considered. As the winner, Heimberger and head coach Chi Ly will be recognized at the 2015 US Open in New York.
Mark, who spent the last three years at Palm Beach Atlantic, has learned through his leadership experiences that his goal in life is to "live simply so that others may simply live." The Palm Beach Atlantic team captain and Student Athlete Advisory Committee representative has contributed over 180 hours to various non-profits organizations in addition to spending 20 hours per week with the tennis team.
Heimberger has helped with children at a safe house that allowed them to escape from exposure to gangs and crime, volunteered at St. Luke's University Hospital and visited nursing homes to spend quality time with the elderly community. He was also the Chi Alpha Sigma medallion winner for having the highest GPA of graduating seniors and was recently accepted to medical school at Indiana University.