Breaking the Barriers Rise to the Possible

Chapter Four: Rise to the Possible/2019

Special Olympics Colorado and USTA Colorado share in the vision of creating a Colorado where athletes of all abilities are celebrated and included. We are excited to use this series as a platform to inspire others to get involved.


As a follow up to the highly successful “Breaking the Barriers” series exhibit of African Americans – An Exhibit of Courage, Latinos – ¡Vive el Tenis! and Asians – The Asian Connection Colorado standouts in tennis, Rise to the Possible speaks to the passion and motivation of tennis players, their families and coaches to achieve the best in the sport and life.


Inspired by the vision, dedication and legacy of Vicky Matarazzo, a long-time USTA Colorado volunteer and Volunteer Tennis Director for Special Olympics Colorado, USTA Colorado launched the fourth installment of the critically acclaimed Breaking the Barriers portrait series, Rise to the Possible, celebrating adaptive tennis pioneers, contributors and rising stars in Colorado. 

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Creating awareness through exposure, inspiring action through art, tennis is the backdrop to promote diversity and inclusion, health & wellness, and excellence in USTA Colorado's Breaking the Barriers Portrait Series. 


Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist, Bear Gutierrez, returned to deliver his stunning craftsmanship to a collection of colorful portraits capturing a moment-in-time of expressive inspiration.


An invitation-only VIP reception of government, business and community leaders was held on Thursday, September 26 at the Denver Tennis Park to launch the exhibit and recognize the portrait profiles. The evening was marked by an appearance from the OathKeepers and the University of Colorado Dance Team. The exhibit was on display at the Denver Tennis Park through October 2019.

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