Sheila Holzworth ’85 was formally recognized for her support of the newly expanded P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium. The Dutch women’s varsity locker room was named in her honor during a ceremony Nov. 11. She left the college a major estate gift that was part of the $12 million Forever Dutch initiative that included the recently completed gymnasium expansion.
One of the most accomplished athletes in Central history despite never earning a varsity letter, the late Holzworth, who died in 2013, was sightless, yet competed around the world, winning a downhill skiing gold medal in the 1984 Blind Olympics and was the first sightless woman ever to scale Mount Rainier in Washington. She graduated from Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines. At Central, Holzworth competed for one season as a sprinter on the indoor women’s track and field squad.