Tennis And Basketball Hall Of Fame Citation
Pam Hendrickson has the singular distinction of having played on the first Washington College women’s tennis team to qualify for the NCAA Division III National Team Championship Tournament and the first-ever Washington College varsity women’s basketball team. Pam’s story is not one simply of participation, however, but of significant personal achievement.
Pam was a standout tennis player in an era of excellence for the Shorewomen. Hendrickson qualified for the NCAA Division III Individual Championships all four years, earning All-America honors in doubles in 1991. She won a singles championship in the Middle Atlantic Conference and a doubles crown in the Centennial Conference, and was named the 1994 Centennial Conference Player of the Year, earning All-Centennial Conference first-team honors for singles. She was also a three-time team Most Valuable Player and was an Academic All-American in 1993 and 1994. She played No. 1 singles as a junior and senior.
As a freshman at WC, Pam was a member of the first women’s team to win a conference championship in any sport as the Shorewomen went 16-2, won the Middle Atlantic Conference Championship, and finished the season ranked 13th in all of Division III. The following year, the Shorewomen made their first—and thus far, only—appearance in the NCAA Division III Team Tournament and finished the year ranked 12th in the nation.
Pam was an active member of the women’s basketball team when it began as a club sport, and served as a team captain during her senior year in the Shorewomen’s first varsity season. She started 22 games and was among the team’s leaders in assists in steals as the Shorewomen recorded a respectable 11 wins in their inaugural campaign. She was recognized with the team’s Hustle and Spirit and Best Defensive Player awards.
Off the courts, Pam was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and was elected as Panhellenic Treasurer and Social Chairperson. She received departmental honors and thesis honors at graduation.
Pam went on the receive a master’s of education in secondary school counseling from Kutztown University, earning that degree with a 4.0 grade-point average. She is currently pursuing her Administration I Certification at McDaniel College and is the Guidance Department Chairperson at Century High School in Sykesville, Md. She is also the girls’ varsity tennis coach at Century. She was elected to the Alpha Epsilon Lamda National Honor Society in 1996 and the Kutztown High School Hall of Fame in 2003.
Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct Pam Hendrickson into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this fourth day of October, 2008.