It didn’t take Seth Arthur long to assume a leadership position at St. Joseph’s College. He was named captain of the tennis team as a sophomore.

Arthur receives Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award

By: 
Jason Wesseldyk

Seth Arthur isn’t likely to be mistaken for an introvert.
“I’m definitely a Type-A kind of guy,” said Arthur, a 2010 Allegan High School graduate. “I’m never going to be the guy in the room who just sits there quietly. I have the kind of personality where I need to get involved and be active.”
That outgoing nature made Arthur a natural leader on the tennis court with Allegan and then the past four years at St. Joseph’s College.
“I’ve always wanted to inspire people to be their best,” Arthur said. “I’ve always been a very passionate person, and I want to use my passion to help inspire others. That’s what I tried to do with my teammates.”
It was that outlook that prompted St. Joseph’s coach Reggie Sanderson to nominate Arthur for Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Arthur Ashe, Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. And the ITA agreed with Arthur’s worthiness as it named him the recipient of the award from the Midwest Region.
The ITA honors players from eight regions nationally.
“Winning this award is obviously an honor and very flattering to be sure,” Arthur said. “But it’s not just my award. It belongs as much to my teammates and (Sanderson) and (Allegan coach) Gary (Ellis). Without all of them, I never would have received this award. It’s as much about them as it is about me.”
 

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