Harford Community College student Brandon Wolf was named the 2013 Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winner by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. As a national award winner, Wolf has been invited to attend a special recognition ceremony during the Arthur Ashe Kids' Day inside Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, N.Y., during the U.S. Open in August.
Wolf grew up in a family that stressed the philosophy of helping others and he has been a supportive teammate who has helped to strengthen the team. A leader on the court, Wolf has been involved in a number of community service projects described in his winning essay.
"It has been an honor to coach such a fine young man this season. He is very deserving of this award and I'm proud of him," HCC Men's Tennis Coach George Budelis said.
The committee selected Wolf for the award after reading his essay. He wrote:
"It's not only what you say, how you feel, but it's also what you do that tells a lot about a person. Sharing a simple smile can help brighten someone's day and can even make a difference. Growing up I was raised with the philosophy of helping others. I learned it from my mom. Help others and expect nothing in return. Over the years, I volunteered at our church bingo, the soup kitchen, Our Daily Bread and other programs. Every summer I volunteer at my mom's school, moving boxes and furniture for teachers who are changing rooms. I've grown up doing chores and learned how to pitch in and help others.
"In high school I was an active participant in Tri-M, DECA and marching band for four years. In each group, we really enjoyed helping and serving our community in a number of ways. We marched in various parades, played during ceremonies, visited nursing homes and collected gifts for a local women's shelter every year. Even though I'm not in Tri-M anymore, I continue to collect donations each year for the women's shelter at Christmas. I feel that it's important to give to others, especially when we have so much.
"On the tennis team I try to be helpful and supportive of others during practice, play and even of their accomplishments. I'm not the most outgoing person, but I found that becoming involved and supporting others on my team helps everyone. It has helped me develop new friendships and it makes our team strong."