Cindy Burkett was a dual-sport athlete, lettering all four years in both volleyball and basketball. A 1989 graduate, Burkett was inducted into the Emory & Henry Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 in recognition of her accomplishments in both sports.
Burkett received First-Team All-ODAC honors in both sports and served as captain on both teams her senior year. In 1988 and 1989, she made Virginia Sports Information Director First-Team Academic All-State. In 1989, she received the Marjorie Berkley Award, which is the ODAC award for Female Scholar Athlete of the Year – the only female athlete at Emory & Henry to have earned this award. That same year, she won the NCAA Post-Graduate Scholar Athlete award, an award with only 25 recipients each year nationwide.
In volleyball, she was voted Team Best All-Around once and Most Valuable Player twice. Burkett averaged 11.1 points per game in her career. With 1,056 points, she is ninth all-time on the career scoring list for basketball, and as of her induction into the Sports Hall of Fame, she held two E&H school records and one ODAC record in basketball.
After graduating, Burkett entered the field of education and coached high school varsity basketball and assisted with track and volleyball. In 1994, she was the Hogoheegee District Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year.