Jessica Mendoza, National Pro Fastpitch’s USSSA Pride and U.S. Women’s National Softball player with two Olympic medals, was given this year’s female recipient of the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award by the Tulsa Rotary. Jessica Mendoza is a two-time Olympic medalist as a member of the softball team, and a member of the National Pro Fastpitch’s USSSA Pride, which captured the 2010 Championship title. She is also an color analyst for the Women’s College World Series and a sideline reporter during the College Football and Major League Baseball seasons. She was voted Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year in the team category in 2008 as well as Softball Female Athlete of the Year in 2006.
The Iba Awards
The Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards were created in 1994 by the Rotary Club of Tulsa to recognize a male and a female premiere athlete who has excelled in their sport, and who exemplifies a high degree of citizenship in the image of Henry P. Iba, by demonstrating a desire to help others.
Henry P. Iba is the former basketball coach for Oklahoma State University and three U.S. Olympic basketball teams. This year’s event will be held June 18 at the Rennaisance Hotel in Tulsa.