June 12, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Tulane senior women's tennis player Mariam Kurdadze was named one of the 12 student-athletes that will receive the Conference USA Spring Spirit of Service Award, it was announced by C- USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky on Tuesday.
The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league's student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport. The Spirit of Service award is presented three times throughout the season, with today's honorees representing Conference USA's spring sports: baseball, men's and women's golf, women's rowing, softball, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's outdoor track and field.
"I feel as though for the past four years I have just beamed with happiness over Mariam's excellence on the tennis court but how amazing is it that she ends her four years here with being awarded the prestigious Conference USA's Spirit of Service Award," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "That is the whole beauty of who Mariam is."
Kurdadze has represented the Green Wave well on the court and in the community. The senior from Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, has been an active member of SAAC for all four years of her Tulane career. As part of her SAAC responsibilities, she has participated in the Shadow-A-Student/Athlete Day, Wave Days at the Superdome and the SAAC Fall Food Drive. Kurdadze worked the A's and Aces Tennis Clinic seven times. This spring, she helped with the Final Four Dribble program held in conjunction of the NCAA Men's Final Four in New Orleans.
"This young lady is always willing to go out of her way for someone else," Sisk added. "She always wants to see others succeed and help in any way that she can whether it means helping to rebuild their house after Katrina or just spend time with someone who needs a friendly face. That quality alone makes her a winner. I know Mariam very well and this honor will mean as much to her or more than her tennis honors. That's just who she is."
On the court she was named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association's Freshman of the Year in 2008 and was a four-year selection to the LSWA first team. She is also a four-time All-Conference USA player and member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane 3.0 Club.
Complete Spring Spirit of Service Release
2012 SPRING C-USA SPIRIT OF SERVICE HONOREES:
Rachel Boerner, East Carolina, Women's Track & Field
Karley King, Houston, Women's Track & Field
Ashley Gue, Marshall, Softball
Courtney Collins, Memphis, Women's Tennis
Andrew Murphy, Rice, Baseball
Emily Carstens, SMU, Women's Rowing
Beth Dietrich, Southern Miss, Softball
Mariam Kurdadze, Tulane, Women's Tennis
Abigail Gorman, Tulsa, Women's Rowing
Michael Busby, UAB, Baseball
Vanessa Perez, UCF, Softball
Ross Rotwein, UTEP, Men's Golf