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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