W&L’s Wortham Named 2007 Berkley Award Rec

Standout Tennis Player also a Star Off the Court

SALEM, Va. --- Each spring, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Board of Directors recognizes its top male and female athlete with a pair of the conference's highest honors.  This year, the 2007 Marjorie Berkley Scholar-Athlete Award winner as the top female student-athlete is Washington and Lee University senior, Ginny Wortham.  A native of Richmond, Virginia, Wortham is a standout on the Generals' 2007 NCAA Division III National Championship women's tennis team.

Inaugurated in 1984, the Marjorie Berkley Scholar-Athlete Award is given each May to a member college senior and conference female sport participant who exhibits the highest athletic, academic, and extracurricular achievements.  Ms. Berkley began her collegiate teaching career at Lynchburg College.  Several years later after leaving Lynchburg, Ms. Berkley moved to Hollins University where she coached tennis, field hockey and soccer, and served as the athletic director for 30 years.

In the classroom, Wortham boasts a 3.733 grade point average while majoring in business administration.  She is an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Academic All-American, and was recently named to the 2007 CoSIDA Academic All-District team.  She is a four-time ODAC Scholar-Athlete, a Washington & Lee Scholar-Athlete for all but one term, and is a consistent member of the University's Dean's List.  She is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma national business honor society, and was inducted into Phi Eta Sigma for ranking in the top 20-percent of her freshman class.

Wortham is a four-time All-ODAC selection and three time NCAA All-American thanks to her strong play with the Generals.  She was an ODAC champion in singles and doubles action each of her four years, and is a three-time recipient of the W&L Coaches' Award for dedication, spirit and sportsmanship.  Wortham was also honored with a 2007 ITA Atlantic South Region Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award.

Over her four-year career, Wortham amassed an 88-19 singles record to go along with a 97-21 mark in doubles play.  Her 88 singles victories ranked sixth all-time at W&L, while her 97 doubles wins are tied for third.  She was also a team captain during the 2006 and 2007 seasons.

Wortham is active away from the classroom and the tennis courts, participating in several extra-curricular activities.  She is Vice President for Administration for the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and the Public Relations and Programming chair for the campus' Panhellenic Council.  She is a member of the University Athletic Committee, and is a tutor at Rockbridge Middle School in Fairfield, Virginia.  Wortham was also honored to be the only student representative on the University Provost Search Committee.

"The one characteristic of Ginny's that has made the greatest impression on me is her supportive nature," expressed Washington and Lee interim athletic director, Chuck O'Connell, in a letter to the conference.  "She is always urging her teammates on no matter the circumstances.  Her positive attitude about all things is very contagious."