Tennis had always been a large part of Pam Reeves’ life. She started playing as a child and her passion for the sport followed her to Parkersburg High School (PHS) where she played tennis and volleyball. After her PHS graduation in 1981, Pam attended Morehead State College in Kentucky to earn her English, health, and physical education teaching degree. She later returned to the Mid-Ohio Valley to teach. She began her teaching career at various elementary schools in the area and then taught and coached at both Jackson Junior High and Hamilton Middle School.
Pam was hired to serve as the head coach for the PHS tennis team in the early 90’s. Under her guidance, the tennis team won many state titles. During this time, she also obtained Master Degrees from Salem International University and West Virginia University for her Master’s plus 30.
Pam’s life was dedicated to her students. Family and friends recall her having shoes, shorts, and shirts in her classroom for students in need. They also recall the many stories of how she touched the lives of her students and teams over the years.
Not only was her influence felt at the schools, but Pam also had a large love for tennis outside of the competitive atmosphere. She was instrumental in organizing the Vienna and Parkersburg City Park recreational summer leagues for adults and youth and for over 35 years she spearheaded the Jackson Park tennis program.
To continue her legacy for the love of tennis and the youth of our region, Pam’s parents, Donald W. and Margaret Reeves, established the Pam Reeves Memorial Scholarship. Their donation, along with many donations given by local citizens, created a permanent scholarship fund that will forever provide monetary support to a PHS graduate. Pam’s energetic spirit and passion for tennis and the region will forever live-on through this important charitable fund. The first scholarship is to be awarded spring 2018.