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Colorado

USTA Colorado Gala



ABOUT

Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame Gala & USTA Colorado Annual Awards Celebration


Each year, members of the Colorado tennis community gather to commemorate the induction of a new class to the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame, as well as to celebrate the achievements of players, organizations, volunteers and others who have distinguished themselves through their dedication and commitment to the sport of tennis.

 

Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame

USTA Colorado Annual Awards

 

In addition to bringing the Colorado tennis community together to honor the inductees and recipients, the Gala raises money for the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation, a 501(c)3 fundraising arm of USTA Colorado, which promotes the physical, emotional and social development of ALL youth to aspire to become active, productive and responsible citizens.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Join the Colorado tennis community on Saturday, November 12 

 

Tickets for the 2022 Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame Gala and Annual Awards Celebration are now available. This year's event will be held at the Cable Center (2000 Buchtel Blvd, Denver, CO 80210). Cocktails will be offered beginning at 5:30, dinner and program will begin at 7pm.

 

Event details, tickets, live auction information, etc. can be found here.

 

CLASS OF 2022

USTA Colorado announces Class of 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees

 

The inductees into the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame for 2022 have been announced by USTA Colorado. In all, three individuals will be welcomed into the Hall of Fame, which was established in 2000 to recognize Colorado’s rich tennis heritage. Brothers Luke and Clancy Shields (Grand Junction, CO) and Virginia Dunn Smith Kraut (Denver, CO) will be inducted at the  Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame Gala, scheduled for Saturday, November 12 at the Cable Center, located adjacent to the University of Denver campus.

 

Luke Shields (1985-) and Clancy Shields (1987-) were born and raised in Grand Junction, CO. Both enjoyed tremendous success on the junior circuit and in NCAA competition, and have gone on to become highly decorated collegiate coaches.

 

Luke held a top-40 national ranking from the time he was 13. He played collegiately at Boise State University, amassing numerous honors. He has coached at Fresno State, earning several awards and leading his team to the Mountain West Championship in 2019. He spent a year at Oklahoma and was recently announced as the new head coach of Boise State University.

 

Accolades:

 

  • All-American
  • WAC Player of the Year
  • 3-time NCAA National Championship Qualifier (singles)
  • 4-time NCAA National Championship Qualifier (doubles)
  • Boise State University Hall of Fame
  • Mountain West Coach of the Year
  • ITA Northwest Region Coach of the Year

 

 

Clancy was a highly accomplished junior player, and a member of the US Junior Davis Cup team. He was just one year behind his older brother when he arrived at Boise State in 2005. A four-time All-WAC First Team honoree, he returned to the Broncos as an assistant coach before being named head coach at Utah State University in 2014. After leading Utah State to a Mountain West Conference Championship, he became the head coach at the University of Arizona, leading the Wildcats to NCAA National Championship appearances in 2019 and 2021. 

 

Accolades:

  • WAC Player of the Year
  • Academic All-American
  • 3-time NCAA National Championship Qualifier (singles)
  • Mountain West Coach of the Year
  • ITA Mountain Region Coach of the Year
  • Two NCAA Team Championships Appearances
  • 2-time Pac 12 Coach of the Year
  • 2-time ITA Southwest Coach of the Year



Born in Donnellson, IL, in 1915, Virginia Dunn Smith Kraut was the daughter of William Ferris and Hattie Mansfield Dunn who had moved to Colorado in 1924. She graduated from East Denver High School in 1932 and attended the University of Denver and Colorado. She was a well-known tennis player in the 1930s winning numerous titles including state titles in three states. In later years she played in National Senior tournaments winning a number of national titles. Her last national title (gold ball) came in Women's 80s Doubles at the USTA Women’s National Grasscourt Championship in 1996. She passed away in 2005.

 

2022 ANNUAL AWARDS

USTA Colorado recognizes 14 recipients with annual awards celebrating on and off-court accomplishments and service to the tennis community.   

 

On-Court Achievement Awards 

Anton Samuilau (Littleton); Anna Riedmiller (Denver); Greg Beehler (Arvada)

 

Junior Sportsmanship Awards
Cale Brush (Littleton); Cameron Kruep (Denver); Kasia Chen (Lafayette); Lorena Cedeno (Englewood); Evan Gear (Grand Junction)

 

Service Awards
Organization of the Year - Eastmoor Swim and Tennis Club (Denver); Volunteer of the Year - Rachel Morley (Denver); Family of the Year - Nancy & Kira Kraatz (Denver); Contributions to Under-served Populations - Sonia Schwartz (Arvada); Contributions to Recreational Players - Susan Bolton (Arvada); Contributions to Tennis Community - Bill & Loretta Conway (Steamboat Springs)

 


2021 WRAP UP

Congratulations to the 2021 USTA Colorado Annual Award Winners and Hall of Fame Inductees!

 

USTA Colorado is very excited to recognize those who have contributed so much through tennis this past year, and in some cases, for decades.  Their achievements, leadership and contributions inspire the entire tennis community and we are thrilled to be able to honor all of them.

 

The pandemic stalled our annual celebration and we’re not hosting a Gala this year (as we continue to navigate things with everyone’s health and wellness being our highest priority). Instead, we will be honoring each inductee and annual award recipient via our social media platforms. 

Instagram

Facebook

Twitter

 

Starting in late November, we’ll provide special recognition to High School Team Champions and the no. 1 singles champions, as well as all Colorado Adult League teams who advanced to a USTA National Championship.

 

We’ll then turn our focus to each of our Annual Award winners, and close with the induction of the two new members into the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame.

 

So, on behalf of our USTA Board, Committees, Staff and the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame Selection Committee, we ask you to please join us in recognizing these very important members of our Colorado tennis community.

 

PAST EVENTS

Coverage and Photo Galleries from previous events

 

2020
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USTA Colorado Photo Gallery

 

2019
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2018
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2017
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2016
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2015
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2014
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2013
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