TEMPE, Ariz. – Former standout Harvard men's tennis player, Frederick 'Rick' Barton '71 will receive the 2018 ITA David A. Benjamin Achievement Award, as announced by the organization today. Barton will be presented with the award at the International Tennis Hall of Fame Board of Governor's Meeting in New York on September 8th.
The award, named after Harvard men's tennis and squash alum and retired ITA Chairman of the Board David. A Benjamin '66, is the highest honor presented by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Now in its 25th year, the ITA David A. Benjamin Achievement Award pays tribute to past participants in the world of varsity tennis who have achieved excellence in their chosen careers. The spirit of the award honors both professional success and contributions to society, made either as a direct result of a career, or through humanitarian efforts.
Barton is currently a lecturer at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School and the co-director of the University's Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative. Previously, Barton served as the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the U.S. Department of State and was a U.S. Ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
A 1971 graduate of Harvard, Barton was a part of two Ivy League Championship teams. Barton is now the third Harvard alum to receive the award in the last decade.
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