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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Ready to see the fantastic honorees and keynote speakers at the Iba Awards? Tables and partial tables are now available! This is the Rotary Club of Tulsa's largest fundraiser ... join us and hear the inspirational stories of these athletes who make a difference in the lives of so many! www.IbaAwards.com or iba@tulsarotary.com.

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Interested in attending the Iba Awards and sitting with a celebrity including a coach, former player or university president? Tables and partial tables with preferential seating are now available! Contact Iba@TulsaRotary.com. Proceeds from this event benefit the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation which awards grants to area non-profits and projects! tulsarotary.com/index.php/events-2/iba-awards/2017-iba-event-details/

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Rotarians… look for Gene Martin and Kacey King at Wednesday's meeting at ORU. They will be happy to book your Iba Awards table or individual seat tickets! You still have a chance to sit with a university president, a sports coach or famous former athlete. Proceeds from the event grows the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation which gives grants to nonprofits and projects in the Tulsa area! Get ready, get set, go!! Justin Wren, Shannon Miller, Chris Herren, Lauren Chamberlain Rotary Club of Tulsa

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