Welcome to the 25th 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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We are thrilled to announce the appointment of our new executive director, Tina Miller!

Tina was a long-time club member and is a veteran of Tulsa Rotary's humanitarian well drilling project trips, Camp Enterprise and more. An accomplished photographer, Tina's photo of Nicaraguan villagers celebrating in water gushing from a new well drilled by Tulsa Rotarians was a finalist award-winner in Rotarian Magazine. She hits the ground running and our 400 members couldn't be more pleased.

Tina is pictured here with club President Mike Homan, who introduced her to the club at this last Wednesday's luncheon.
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Tulsa’s hometown entertainer, entrepreneur and community activist Taylor Hanson shares the mission of Food on the Move, the nonprofit he formed to fight Tulsa’s food deserts. It’s another outstanding weekly program at the Rotary Club of Tulsa. Come join Tulsa’s largest group of community leaders working together to improve our hometown Tulsa! ... See MoreSee Less

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One of the most exciting developments planned for Tulsa is the new Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, to be built in the Tulsa Arts District, across from Cain’s Ballroom. It’s been a long journey but ground will be broken soon. Joining us this Wednesday, February 14, will be Jeff Moore, the new executive director of OKPOP Museum to provide an update on plans and an inside look into the project. ... See MoreSee Less

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With police shootings becoming more newsworthy across the country – including here in Tulsa – cities are taking a closer look at how police protection is delivered in high-risk neighborhoods. In Tulsa, a renewed Community Policing initiative is underway. Fellow Rotarian and Police Chief Chuck Jordan will introduce us to two key individuals in that initiative, Assistant Chief Jonathan Brooks and Officer Popsey Floyd. JOIN US TOMORROW AT NOON!! ... See MoreSee Less

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COME JOIN TODAY to hear Sophia Pappas and Onikah Asamosa-Caesar from the George Kaiser Family Foundation and Mayor G.T. Bynum

Topic: The Birth Through Eight Strategy for Tulsa (BEST)

BEST is a comprehensive, continuous and integrated approach that focuses on families to help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. This strategy knits together programs and services to create a seamless continuum of support. Programs, services, community agencies and philanthropies are partnering with Tulsa’s families to build a cycle of opportunity.
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