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Demer Holleran Inducted into Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame

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Demer Holleran in January 2016 after being awarded the Tournament of Champions Women’s Leadership Award in Grand Central Terminal. (image: squashpics.com)

Demer Holleran was inducted on Friday, September 30 into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. The Montgomery County chapter celebrated the enshrinement at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia.

The Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame was chartered in 1962 and has twenty-seven chapters around the Keystone State. It honors the lifetime sports contributions of Pennsylvanians; past inductees include Jimmie Foxx, Joe Frazier, Josh Gibson, the now-late Arnold Palmer, Vic Seixas and Jim Thorpe.

Holleran is one of the most legendary figures in U.S. squash history and was inducted into the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame in 2004. She was a four-time All American at Princeton and a three-time national intercollegiate champion, as well as All Ivy in field hockey and lacrosse. She won the National Singles title nine times, as well as ten National Doubles titles—for sixteen straight seasons she captured a national title in either singles or doubles. She represented Team USA in five world team championships and was ranked world No.21. Holleran coached at Penn for nine years, leading the Quakers to their first undefeated season and a national title in 2000. In 2007 Holleran opened the 46, 000 square-foot Fairmount Athletic Club with fourteen courts. She is the first squash-only player to be inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

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