G. Gail Davis receives Spirit Award from Wheeler School

G. Gail Davis and Dan Miller, head of school at Wheeler.
G. Gail Davis ’60, RIC coordinator of student athletics support services, received the 2010 Wheeler Community Spirit Award from the Wheeler School in Providence in an event at the school on Feb. 24. The award was established in 2004 to recognize people in the Providence community who advocate for those who have fewer opportunities.

In announcing the award, Wheeler’s head of school Dan Miller said, “Gail’s accomplishments are inspiring; as a coach, administrator, and leader, she has transcended sports to teach broader lessons and inspire generations of young people across the region. She has set an example of hard work, commitment, civic-mindedness, and investment in youth and community.”

Davis has held her current role at RIC since 2004. Previously, she helped clients of the John Hope Settlement House in Providence prepare for their General Equivalency Diploma.

Her coaching career includes leading the Community College of Rhode Island’s women’s volleyball team to 7 Region XXI and CSASC Championships. From 1969 until 1991, she was a physical education teacher and coach in the Warwick School Department, where she led the girls’ volleyball team to 10 Division I state championships and the girls’ basketball team to one Division I championship.

Davis was also a physical education and health teacher in Providence public schools.

Much of Davis’ extensive community work has been in athletics, particularly for women and girls in Rhode Island.

Recently, she was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. In addition, She is a member of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Hall of Fame, and in the Athletic Hall of Fame at both CCRI and RIC.

A Providence native, Davis attended Central High School and the former Rhode Island College of Education. She has pursued her post-graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin/Madison, Springfield College and the University of Rhode Island.