Volleyball, Basketball, Softball
Grad Year: 1982
Year Inducted: 2008
Gail Henderson played volleyball, basketball and softball while at RIC from 1978-82. She also spent four years as a student-athletic trainer, which prepared her for her career. As a first baseman in softball, the Pawtucket, Rhode Island native was a three-time R.I.A.I.A.W. All-Star selection. She was named First Team All-New England as a senior in 1982, batting .345 with 10 runs scored and 10 RBI. Henderson helped lead the Anchorwomen to the E.A.I.A.W. Eastern Regional title contest as a junior in 1981. She was named to RIC’s All-75th Anniversary Softball Team in 2005.
After graduating from RIC with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1982, Henderson went on to earn her master’s degree in physical education/athletic training from Indiana State in 1983 and stayed on to teach in the athletic training program.
Henderson served as an athletic trainer at Bates College for three years before returning to school to earn a degree in physical therapy from the University of Connecticut in 1990. She later pursued a certification from the University of Tennessee in canine rehabilitation, becoming one of the first 36 worldwide therapists and the first in Connecticut, to perform physical therapy on dogs.
She is currently the self-employed owner of three companies, which include Functional Rehab and Fitness, Paws and Paddle Canine Conditioning and Step Rite Orthotics.
She resides in New Milford, Connecticut.