Abby Reuler Tolchin

Abby Reuler TolchinAbby Reuler Tolchin

Abby Reuler Tolchin
School: Cleveland (Commerce) Graduation Year: 2002

Year Inducted: 2018

Sports Played: Soccer, Basketball, Tennis

High School Honors: 4 Soccer letters, 1st Team All-PIL as Sophomore; Team Captain as a Sophomore, Junior & Senior years; 2nd Team as a Senior. League Champions 1 year, State Qualifying Team all 4 years.

2 Basketball letters.

4 Tennis letters, PIL Doubles Team Champion as a Senior; team undefeated and PIL Champions all 4 years; State Qualifying doubles team 2 years, Team 2nd in State Senior year; Selected to Cleveland Hall of Fame 2016. Editor of school newspaper, class Vice President Sophomore and Senior years, Royal C Award Recipient; National Honor Society.

Post High School Career: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, 2006. Played intramural Soccer and on city rec teams. Master’s from San Diego State University in 2012, with certificates in Autism and Transition. Currently a Special Education teacher in the Hillsboro District for 18-21 year-olds with developmental disabilities and their families to assist in transition to adulthood.

Commentary:

For me sports weren’t just something played on the field or on the court, they were my life. My friendships, my hobbies, my weekends, and family fun were centered around sports. Sports helped me build a foundation for some of life’s biggest lessons—teamwork, leadership, integrity, self-confidence, and commitment. They also led me to my husband, who I met on the soccer field on an adult co-ed team! It has been wonderful to share the glory (and heartache) of sports with my family, friends, and now my children.

I would like to thank my parents, Ellen and Jim Reuler, for providing me with the opportunity to explore my strengths. Not to mention their unwavering support from the sidelines of every game, match, scrimmage, tournament, and award banquet. In addition, my accomplishments would not have been possible without my best friend, goalkeeper, and doubles partner, Sarah Dulcich. Sarah was a relentless athlete and her competitive edge helped us to the successes we shared. Sharing all of our athletic experiences together enriched my love for sports.

I am thankful and humbled to be included in the PIL Hall of Fame. I proudly share this experience with my children and hope to pass down a love for sports.

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