Hall of Fame Inductee - Cindy Cheely

Excellence. A portion of that word is excel. Which is exactly what Cindy Espeland-Cheely did throughout her career. An outstanding performer for the Quincy Jets and the Lady Devils of Quincy High, Espeland made an impact as a freshman and earned a total of four varsity letters on the softball diamond. She made the same impression on the basketball court, collecting a total of three varsity awards. She earned a scholarship from Quincy College and she again delivered---leading the Lady Hawks to a second place finish in the 1984 N.A.I.A. National Tournament. With Espeland anchoring at third, the Lady Hawks became the N.A.I.A National Champions the following year. She moved on to Southern Illinois University where she made the deans’ list 5 of 8 semesters. Espeland earned the Gateway Conference President’s All-Academic Award in both 1986 and 1987. Additional honors in 87’ included being named as team captain and winning a first team spot on the GTE-COSIDA All-American Team. She concluded her education at St. Louis University, earning a B.A. in Physical Therapy in 1991. Cindy Espeland-Cheely, her husband, Dr. Kevin Cheely, and their daughter and son reside in Alton where Cindy is both President of Rosewood Physical Therapy and Director of Physical Therapy at the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic in Alton, Illinois.

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