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Pam Smith is Belmont Sports Hall of Fame inductee

Jan 23, 2020 01:27PM

Pam Smith

By Stan Cromlish

This week’s Belmont Sports Hall of Fame induction spotlight shines on Pam Smith who will join Shelley Frye, Don Davis, and Joe Messer as part of the 2019 Inductee class. The banquet will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at 7:00 pm in the Family Life Center of Park Street United Methodist Church.

Pam Smith was born in West Tennessee where she lived for six years before Mr. Pharr offered her father a job at Pharr Yarns. From the age of six, she lived and grew to adulthood in McAdenville. It was there that she earned outstanding swimmer for her age group at the McAdenville Recreation Department and the Gaston County YMCA. 

From 1972-1975, she attended South Point High School where she was a standout softball and basketball player.  Pam earned All-Gazette First Team Basketball honors for her senior 1974-1975 basketball season and also earned all-conference honors in the Western North Carolina High School Activities Association. As a tennis player for South Point, she earned WNCHSAA all-conference honors; also, with Pam, as their pitcher, the SPHS softball team boasted a 24-2 record. 

In her senior year, 1975, Pam was named Women’s Most Athletic, Southwest Conference Basketball All-Star, SPHS Ladies’ Basketball MVP, and McAdenville’s Girl of the Year. As an all-around athlete, she played tennis, softball, and basketball well enough to earn honors in all three sports during her high school career.

In 1978, Pam graduated from Winthrop College in three and a half years with outstanding basketball and fast-pitch softball distinctions for her play during her college career. After college, she returned to Gaston County where she began volunteering with the Red Cross, YMCA, Gaston Pop Warner Conference, Gaston Hospice, and Altrusa of Gaston County. 

Pam served as Secretary from 1983-1998 for the Gaston Pop Warner Football Conference. In 1986, Pam was awarded the Pop Warner Mid-South Region Volunteer of the Year for her work as secretary of the Gaston Conference.  Twenty-five years after being named McAdenville Girl of the Year, Pam was honored as McAdenville Woman of the Year for all her volunteer efforts and support of her adopted hometown.

She has served on the Stowe YMCA and the Pharr Family YMCA boards since 2008 and was a hospice volunteer for many years. From 2014 through 2018, Pam served on the Lowell Master Planning Committee. If these accomplishments were not enough to earn entry into the Belmont Sports Hall of Fame, what Pam has done off of the hardwood, diamond, and court would definitely be enough to earn entry.

Pam says, “To be honest, I was part of a state championship team in basketball and their induction in the Belmont Sports Hall of Fame, meant a lot. It’s a wonderful honor to be recognized with this year’s honorees and past inductees of the Belmont Sports Hall of Fame who made Belmont sports stand out in Gaston County.”

Come join Belmont sports fans on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at 7:00 pm as we celebrate Pam Smith and the rest of the inductees. Tickets are $20.00 and available at Belmont Drug in East Belmont and State Farm at 140 North Main Street in Downtown Belmont. Tickets will not be available at the door on the night of the event, and this event is quickly selling out so do not wait to pick up tickets.