Lori Van Sickle

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To say that Lori Van Sickle is a dynamic, multi-talented athlete would be an understatement. Lori’s diverse athletic talents were obvious early, a star in field hockey, basketball and field hockey
at Springer Junior High School. At Brandywine High School Lori earned nine-varsity letters, the maximum, while achieving All-State honors in softball, basketball and, her fourth sport, volleyball.
Lori earned a scholarship to Ohio University, one of only two OU athletic scholarships provided at that time for softball. Playing third base, she led the team in fielding percentage in her freshman
and sophomore years. Lori then transferred to the University of Delaware where she played infield and earned two letters.

At age 21, Lori took up her fifth sport – golf – and turned professional just five years later. At age 30, she was named head pro at the DuPont Country Club – the first woman to hold that position
– and, at that time, the only female head golf pro at any LPGA Tour site in the country. In 1995, Van Sickle was selected from among 65 applicants as Director of Golf at DuPont. In 2000, Lori
appeared on NBC’s Today Show, providing golf instruction to Katie Couric. In January 2001 she became the first Certified Master Professional in the PGA of America, an organization composed of 25,000
member pros. In both 2002 and 2005, Lori received the prestigious Horton Smith Educational Award for the PGA’s Philadelphia section in recognition of her teaching skills. In 2006, Van Sickle took
over as Director of Golf at Inniscrone Golf Club in Avondale, Pennsylvania. Her latest project was a Haney-like program – the Van Sickle project – and her star pupil wasthen-University of Delaware
head football coach KC Keeler.

Lori is a co-founder of the Special Olympics Delaware golf program and serves as a board member.



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