Sports Hall-of-Famer Works to Improve Lives of Children

Leslie Walker Heinrichs, a 1999 graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University and a former Sailfish volleyball standout, will be inducted into the University's Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 16 during Homecoming. Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) is a private, accredited, Christ-centered college located in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

Known as a tough competitor on the volleyball court during her college days, Leslie Walker Heinrichs, a 1999 graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University, today is guided by her softer side, using her considerable talents on behalf of abused and neglected children.

The former Sailfish volleyball standout will be inducted into the University’s Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 16 during Homecoming.

Heinrichs and her husband, fellow PBA alumnus Herbert Heinrichs Jr., are raising money in their Delaware community to start Saddle Hearts Ranch, a non-profit working Christian ranch that will provide a safe, family-structured home for at-risk children from birth through 20 years of age.

Heinrichs turned down a nearly full-ride volleyball scholarship to a university in Missouri in order to attend PBA in 1995. Over the next four years, she accumulated 2,220 career kills and 1,990 career digs, and she finished in the top 10 in total career blocks for PBA volleyball. She also was named an FSC All-Conference player and named to the NAIA All-Region team.

She majored in communications and minored in physical education at PBA, and after graduation she worked at Palm Beach County United Way as a loaned executive. In this role, she was able to use her degree to speak to thousands of people in Palm Beach County about the desperate need of many in the community.

She and her husband have been married to since 1998, and they have three children: Mackenzie, Makayla and Maxwell. She has home-schooled her oldest daughter for the past five years, in addition to serving her church as Sunday school teacher, youth leader and small group leader. She is also assistant volleyball coach to the local home-school team.

Heinrichs will be inducted into the PBA Sports Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in the Greene Complex for Sports and Recreation. The event is one of the highlights of Homecoming weekend. For information, visit

Category Tag(s): General News 11/2012