Thursday, June 27, 2002

Some Good News

Vincent reminds of Ashe

        Cameron Vincent, 21, of Kenwood, is an example of sportsmanship, leadership and humanitarianism on a tennis court — so much so that he is often compared to the late Arthur Ashe.

        Mr. Vincent has been awarded the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's National Arthur Ashe Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award.

        “It is a great honor for me,” said Mr. Vincent, who will attend Miami University to pursue a master's degree in economics. “This is as far as I plan to go in tennis because there is no tennis program at Miami.”

        Mr. Vincent is a May graduate of Denison University, Granville, Ohio. He helped lead Denison to the 2001 and 2002 North Coast Athletic Conference team titles and to three straight NCAA appearances.

        “Anyone who knew Arthur Ashe and what he stood for knows that Cameron certainly reflects that image,” said Peter Burling, men's and women's tennis coach at Denison.

        “It is rare to see someone play that good at that level and seldom get involved in controversy. ... He just believes that if you are fair, polite, kind and honest, things will go smoothly. What an example for all of us.”

        Mr. Vincent distinguished himself off the courts as well. He finished Denison in three years, earning a degree in economics. He maintained a 3.66 grade-point average.

        The national award was based on Mr. Vincent's play and decorum on the court along with an essay he wrote about tennis.

        He is a graduate of Indian Hill High School, where he led the school to two state championships, in 1997 and 1998.

        Patriotic logos of flags, USA emblems and messages of patriotism and strength after the Sept. 11 disaster last year generated $55,220 in sales from October through February at the Mason-based Cintas Corp., a leader in the corporate-identity uniform industry.

        The money was donated to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund.

“This project allowed us to meet our customers' needs while addressing the needs of our nation at the same time,” said Rich Doggett, director of catalog sales for Cintas.

        Summer Hoops, a free basketball program, began this week.

        It involves more than 100 teens in two divisions with eight teams, ages 13 to 15 and 16 to 18.

        The program was started last year, sponsored by the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, along with the Cincinnati Recreation Commission and the Cincinnati Police Department.

Games will be played from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday for seven weeks at Laurel Park, West End, and Skyline Community Center in Colerain Township.

        There will be a playoff tournament in the final week, involving teams with the best records.

        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs daily except Saturday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at or by fax at 768-8340.


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