Welcome to the 24th Annual Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards

Benefiting the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation

Celebrating the selfless act of giving back to the community, the annual Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards recognize two nationally known athletes who are generous of heart in the communities through their own or others' charitable organizations. The annual dinner and award ceremony draws celebrities from across the country including professional athletes, Olympic champions, coaches, athletic directors, university presidents, sportscasters and more. The recipients of the award receive a trophy and a donation is made to a local charity in the athlete's name from the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation.


During the event, two area high school citizen athletes are also honored for the prowess in their respective sports as well as their involvement in the community. These honors are called the Eddie Sutton Tustenugee Awards which singles out two players who best exhibit the traits of tenacity and unselfishness. In the language of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, "tustenugee" means "warrior." These citizen athletes are nominated by athletic directors from across northeast Oklahoma.


Who is Henry P. Iba?


The Iba Awards are named after famed basketball coach, Henry P. Iba, who was the winner of two Olympic gold medals for coaching the US basketball team, two NCAA Men's Division 1 basketball championships at Oklahoma A & M, now Oklahoma State University (OSU), and serving as OSU's athletic director winning 19 championships in five sports. While he was considered to be one of the toughest coaches in the NCAA, he believed in building athletes with good character.


Who Does this Fundraiser Support?


Proceeds from the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards support the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation (RCTF), a 501(c)(3) organization. The foundation provides financial assistance to Tulsa area and Rotary projects including Tulsa Boys Home, The Little Light House, Girl Scouts-Magic Empire, Operation Aware, Up with Trees, YMCA, DVIS, Neighbor for Neighbor and Special Olympics Oklahoma. The foundation was created in 1972 and has given grants totaling more than $1.7 million since its inception.


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Have you met Rotarian Kara Gae Neal?

Kara Gae Wilson-Neal completed her doctorate in Administration and Education Leadership at the University of Tulsa in 1978 and holds an M.A. in English and a B.A. in History, both from Oklahoma State University. Her positions in education include teacher, principal and superintendent of public schools in Broken Arrow, Glenpool, Tulsa County and Oklahoma City.

She was the last elected Tulsa County Superintendent of Schools from 1987 to 1993, and has held administrative, development and adjunct professor positions with the University of Tulsa, OSU, and Northeastern State University.

In June 2003, Governor Brad Henry appointed Dr. Neal to the OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees. She resigned from that position in 2008 when The Tulsa Technology Center’s Board of Education selected Dr. Neal as Superintendent/CEO of the state’s largest Career Tech District. She served in that position for four years until 2012.

In July 2012, Dr. Neal was asked by The University of Tulsa to become the Director of the School of Urban Education. The School’s focus is on preparing educators to meet challenges in classrooms of cultural diversity and economic disparity in a technological world.

Dr. Neal has served on both boards of the Tulsa and Oklahoma City Chambers of Commerce and on the boards of the United Way in both cities. She serves on the boards of the Oklahoma Aquarium, the Magic Empire of Girl Scouts’ Juliette Low Society and the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, among many others. She is a member of Leadership Oklahoma.
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At the core of all we do as Rotarians is the Four-Way Test. The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:

Of the things we think, say or do
1. Is it the Truth?
2. Is it Fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
4. Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
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Have you met Jesse Guardiola?

Jesse joined the Rotary Club of Tulsa in August of 2016. He is the 2013 recipient of the Above & Beyond Award. Jesse is a resourceful, accomplished, and dedicated law enforcement professional with over sixteen years of extensive community relations, bridge building experience. Jesse is valued by city leadership and the community at large for his efforts in Hispanic relations and Outreach.
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