October 19th, 2017

Hyland's Heroes: Debbie Hendricks

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Debbie Hendricks
The Hendricks family / photo provided by Debbie Hendricks

The following feature is a part of a bi-weekly series, sponsored by Hyland Insurance. "Hyland's Heroes" is a series of profiles that spotlight Louisville area Catholic volunteers, coaches and administrators who assist athletic programs and teams, and help promote excellence in all aspects of sports. If you have a suggestion for Hyland’s Heroes, feel free to email Conor Revell (crevell@catholicsportsnet.com).

Debbie Ruckriegel Hendrick was born and raised in Jeffersontown, attended St. Edward, and Jeffersontown High School.  She graduated from the University of Louisville with a marketing degree.

Today, Debbie is still a member of St. Edward and has been married to Keith Hendrick for 21 years. They have two sons Kameron, a sophomore at Trinity, and Cooper, a fifth grader at St. Edward.

Debbie has worked for the City of Jeffersontown as Parks and Recreation Director for the past seven years and in her spare time she’s the Athletic Director at St. Edward and an active volunteer at Trinity and the Momma Rocks. 

When and how did you get your start with the athletic program?

I started working at the Athletic Ministry when my oldest son was in the third grade – which was about seven years ago. I have held different roles, but the role that I enjoy most is Athletic Director. To get the honor of working with the different sports directors, coaches, student athletes, and families is amazing.

What’s the connection with your faith and giving your time to student athletes?

I am very lucky that I am able to show the student athletes of St. Edward that volunteering is fun! If you are able to give back to your community and make an impact on someone’s life – you are lucky! I feel that every student athlete at St. Edward is spreading love just by going out and representing our awesome community!

Who was the most influential person on your volunteer career? Why?

My dad, Daniel H. Ruckriegel Sr., was the most influential person in my life.  He served 21 years as Mayor of Jeffersontown. I saw him give many tireless days and nights to the community he loved so much. There was not a time the community did not come first. I saw that giving back to my community of St. Edward and Jeffersontown will benefit everyone!

What are your major themes/principle as a volunteer?

I want everyone to know that St. Edward is the heartbeat of Jeffersontown. I never want someone to ask me “where is St. Edward?” I want St. Edward’s name to be synonyms with family, faith, sportsmanship, welcoming, and fun!  

What does your role bring your family?

My various volunteer roles and my full time job brings a lot of take-out dinners. With two very busy sons and a husband that coaches several teams and helps me with my volunteer projects – we have hardly any down time. We always eat dinner as a family, it may be in a restaurant, but that is ok because we are together.

I am very thankful that I am able to show my boys that giving back is great because that is exactly what my dad taught me!


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