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Aasen Award

At the end of every summer season the Tennis & Life Camps staff selects the instructor who has best embodied the teaching characteristics that we associate with David Aasen. They are boundless enthusiasm and energy, a wonderful sense of humor, the highest standards of sportsmanship, a love for teaching and learning, the ability to make people feel good about themselves, a genuine concern for others, patience, and an optimistic outlook on life.

 

Each summer, all staff members have the opportunity to nominate one or two staff members for the award. They write an essay explaining why their nominee deserves the award. The nominee with the most supporting letters wins the award. The recipient receives a plaque and special recognition in the final staff meeting for the summer. Also the winner’s picture and teaching highlights are permanently displayed in the Aasen Room in the Swanson Tennis Center on the Gustavus campus.

The David Aasen Award

David Aasen Award Recipients

2024 - TBD

1995 - Scott Jacobson
1996 - Erik Samuelson
1997 - Dan McLaughlin
1998 - Neal Hagberg & Chris Anderson
1999 - Kendall Larson
2000 - Renee Perry
2001 - Jessica Reinhart
2002 - Todd Roudabush
2003 - Tommy Valentini
2004 - Nikolai Johansen
2005 - Ben Hageseth
2006 - Pete Schwingler
2007 - Jennifer Edlund
2008 - Bob Skenzich

2009 - Ryan Moore & Colin McGuire

2010 - David Lachman

2011 - Emily Walz

2012 - Jon Carlson

2013 - Chad Anderson

2014 - Pat Clark

2015 - Liz Retzlaff

2016 - Nick Hoelmer

2017 - Mikinzee Salo

2018 - Mason Bultje

2019 - Katie Aney

2021 - Calleigh Carlson & Christian Larson

2022 - Aaron Brock

2023 - Josie Carlson

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