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Women's Museum of California

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16th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception

16th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception

Five San Diego women will be honored at the 16th Annual Women's Hall of Fame in March of 2017.  Nominations are currently being accepted at the Women's Museum by mail or email.    

Monique Henderson

Monique Henderson

Monique Henderson
2009
Spirit of The Women's Hall of Fame

Monique Henderson received Olympic Gold Medals in the 4x400m relay at the 2004 (Athens) and 2008 (Beijing) Games. She is a local Olympic track and field champion who, at the age of 17 in 2000, was the youngest athlete named to the 4x400m relay team since 1976. She was the first and only girl in California high school history to win 4 consecutive state titles in the 400m. She graduated from San Diego's Morse High School, and while at UCLA she was a five-time Pac 10 Champion. She was the 2005 NCAA 400m champion; 2002 World Junior 400m and 4x400 gold medalist; 2004 NCAA Outdoor runner-up; Five-time Pac-10 champion; and 1999 USA Junior Champion.

When she isn't training she spends her time volunteering with different organizations. She has helped out at the Los Angeles AIDS walk as well as San Diego's Race for a Cure. She has also participated at several USA Track and Field Be a Champion events. “I love volunteering. As a professional athlete I have a lot of free time and there's no better way to spend that time than to help people that need it.” She has also visited children's hospitals across the country and spent time with terminally ill children. She has also donated to and volunteered with The Alzheimer's Association, California State Games, the March of Dimes, and the Intergenerational Games. She is also one of the top patrons of the Sports for Exceptional Athletes Organization. Her philanthropy work is featured in San Diego Magazine's Celebrity Philanthropist issue.