Boise State tennis coach Greg Patton said "this is like winning a national championship."

The long time Bronco tennis leader was referring to Boise State receiving the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's National Community Service Award for 2017.

It's the first national award of it's kind for Boise State and coach Patton said "What it does is kind of acts as a gauge to show the heart and soul of your program and it's student-athletes on and off the court."

Boise State was chosen from 12 finalists, each a regional winner as BSU was named the ITA Mountain Region service award winner last week.

The Boise State program worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and several played logged more than 80 hours of various community service.

In addition, the BSU tennis team adopted 13 year old Sam Lee of Idaho who is battling a life threatening disease. Sam was signed to an honorary letter of intent and the team organized several activities for Sam including laser-tag, bowling, go-kart riding and even a birthday party.

Coach Patton said the way his team gave back to the community this year is "incredibly gratifying."