LSU’s Dessauer Named Amateur Athlete of the Month

NEW ORLEANS (June 8, 2008) – LSU tennis star Kevin Dessauer has been selected as the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for May. Monthly award-winners are selected by the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Greater New Orleans Amateur Athletes of the Month

Dessauer, a member of LSU’s nationally-ranked men’s tennis team, was named the winner of Southeast Regional ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship winner. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the honor in May. The ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship goes to a player who has exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.

A New Orleans native and a graduate of Archbishop Rummel High School, Dessauer has already been honored by the Southeastern Conference this season for his success on the court, in the community and the classroom.

He earned second-team All-SEC honors for the second straight year after he compiled a 16-4 dual record, including an outstanding 10-0 at home. His teammates chose him as team captain prior to the season. 10 of his dual wins were in straight sets. He opened the dual season on a 10-match win streak and only lost four sets during that stretch.

Dessauer was named to the SEC Community Service team. He volunteered in numerous community service events in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Dessauer teamed up with Shaquille O’Neal and 84 Lumber in building Polk Elementary a new playground in the fall. The New Orleans native also visited a paralyzed high school football player in the hospital to motivate and cheer him up.

Dessauer became the first player to be named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year twice (2007, 2008) during his career.

The Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee has been selecting an Amateur Athlete of the Month each month since 1957. The athlete must be a native of the greater New Orleans area or must compete for a team in the metropolitan region in order to be eligible.