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Hall of Fame inducts three for 2022

USTA Colorado Staff | September 27, 2022

Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame welcomes three new members


DENVER, CO September 27, 2022 – After a year absence due to the pandemic, the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame Gala returns in person on November 12, at The Cable Center in Denver. 


At the event, the 22nd class of inductees will be enshrined into the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame and USTA Colorado will honor 14 recipients with annual awards celebrating on and off-court accomplishments and service to the tennis community.    


2022 Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame Inductees: 

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.


The festivities include a cocktail reception followed by dinner, a live auction and the program. Dollars raised benefit the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation. Information and tickets available here.


2022 USTA Colorado Annual Award Recipients:

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)


About USTA Colorado

Cultivating connections in Colorado communities, on and off the court, since 1955, USTA Colorado is the governing body of tennis for our state. But more than that, we are also the stewards and caretakers of Colorado's tennis history and its future. We promote and develop the growth of tennis embodying our core values — Respect, Integrity, Professionalism, Inclusiveness, Consistency, Responsibility and Innovation. We wholeheartedly believe that among all sports, tennis has the potential for the greatest positive impact on individuals. We also believe that communities that embrace tennis will become stronger through the growth of those individuals. 


About the CYTF

Through the lifetime sport of tennis, the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation promotes the physical, emotional and social development of all youth to aspire to become active, productive and responsible citizens. The fundraising arm of USTA Colorado, the CYTF ensures that kids in need benefit from all tennis offers. 


For more information, please contact Lisa Schaefer, USTA Colorado Associate Executive Director

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