Patrice Kelly '84
Patrice Kelly '84
VOLLEYBALL / BASKETBALL / SOFTBALL / TRACK and FIELD
Patrice Kelly is the definition of what it means to be an outstanding all-around athlete at Stevenson. She played three sports for all four years and in total, competed in four different sports overall during her career at RLS. Her senior year she was team captain and named MVP and all-league for volleyball, and she captained both the girls volleyball and basketball varsity teams. Patrice showed her true talent when she started throwing the discus and shot put for the first time during her senior year, and earned second place in the discus in the MTAL championship meet.
Patrice attended Duke University, where she joined the Navy ROTC program. After serving seven years in the US Navy, during which time she volunteered as a basketball coach, she began her career in telecommunications. She served four years on the board of the Lupus Foundation of America, and chaired their largest fundraiser.
I am honored to be included in the Stevenson Athletics Hall of Fame. I cherish my RLS athletics experiences and realize they had a special impact on my life. With our small pool of female athletes in the early 80s, I was able to be a part of many teams. After four years of volleyball, basketball and three softball seasons, I decided in the spring of my senior year to forego my last year of softball and join the track and field team instead. I was asked to take up the shotput and throw the discus since we had no females doing these two events. Learning the appropriate technique the first couple weeks was humbling and comical--and dangerous for my coach as I almost hit him with the discus multiple times! Somehow, I became reasonably proficient by the end of the season due to his tireless coaching and a lot of practice. Opportunities such as this--to regularly try new things--really helped me later in life. After college, I served in the Navy where change is the norm, and I was often assigned to work on projects outside my area of expertise. Stevenson taught me how to embrace opportunities to develop new skills and learn new things. I truly appreciate both my memorable high school athletics experiences and being selected for the Athletics Hall of Fame.