Ashley Charters Officially Enshrined in the Washington Athletic Hall of Fame


Ashley Charters Officially Enshrined in the Washington Athletic Hall of Fame

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Washington softball legend Ashley Charters received the prestigious honor of being formally inducted into the University of Washington Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place at the Alaska Airlines Arena within the Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Charters was among the distinguished group of athletes inducted into this year’s class, which included Ryan Brown (track & field), Steve Pelluer (football), Cody Pickett (football), Paige Mackenzie (women’s golf), Jim Smith (wrestling), Isaiah Thomas (men’s basketball), and Krista Vansant (volleyball). The 2023 class has solidified its place in the history of Husky Athletics by contributing to multiple national championships, adding to the university’s storied athletic legacy.

This remarkable class includes players from volleyball and men’s basketball, whose jerseys already hang in the rafters at Alaska Airlines Arena, two of the most successful quarterbacks in Husky Stadium’s history, an exceptional distance runner, a national college golf phenom, a key member of the 2009 softball national championship team, and a college wrestling icon.

Ashley Charters played a pivotal role in Washington’s journey to its only national championship in school history, achieved in 2009. Hailing from Beaverton, Oregon, Charters was a four-year letterwinner who became the program’s fifth-ever three-time All-American (in 2006-07 and 2009). She also earned the title of a three-time All-Pacific-Region and four-time All-Pac-10 honoree.

In addition to winning the national championship in 2009, Charters helped lead the Huskies to the Women’s College World Series in 2007, where she received WCWS All-Tournament honors in both 2007 and 2009. She left an indelible mark on the program with a UW record of 133 stolen bases, ranking third all-time in hits (315), and second in batting average (.396).

Following her illustrious career at Washington, Charters continued to make her mark on the world of softball. She represented Team USA Softball from 2009 to 2010 and went on to play in the National Fastpitch League from 2011 to 2013.

The Husky Hall of Fame was established in 1979, with new inductees named every other year in recent times. The previous class in 2021 was highlighted by “1969 – The Five Who Dared,” featuring four Washington football players and one assistant coach who used their platform to protest racial injustice during the social turbulence of the late 1960s.

The selection process for the Husky Hall of Fame includes soliciting nominations from the public. For the 2023 class, the selection committee, consisting of two Husky Hall of Fame members – Sonny Sixkiller (football) and Danielle Lawrie (softball) – along with athletic department staffers Erin O’Connell, Chip Lydum, and Jeff Bechthold, and Hall of Fame curator Dave Torrell collectively chose the new class of inductees.

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