For 37 years, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame was no more than a board of directors operating out of the Denver Chamber of Commerce. Banquet and Selection Committees focused solely on honoring inductees each year at an annual awards dinner.
A dream was realized in 2001 when the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum was born at INVESCO Field at Mile High, now Sports Authority Field at Mile High, with the help of the Metropolitan Football Stadium District. In addition, the Sports Legends Mall and Legacy Pillars were built at the same site to honor each Hall of Fame induction class.
Since then, there has been the addition of a permanent museum, a website, and the ability to raise funds through the Induction Banquet, the Golf Classic, and the Championship Saturday - 4A and 5A High School Football Championships at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Through these avenues, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame can give back to the community through programs and support for youth sports.
Athletics and sports halls of fame are based upon merit, accomplishments and contributions and not on gender, race, religion or quota.
Inductees to the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame are chosen by an independent Selection Committee composed of media representatives from throughout the State of Colorado.
The Selection Committee consists of:
Mile High Sports
Sam Adams - Sports Commentator, Writer
Patti Arnold - Grand Junction Sentinal
Gary Baines - Colorado Golf Journal
Jim Benton - Rocky Mountain News
Bert Borgmann - Colorado HS Activities Association
Mike Brohard - Loveland Reporter Herald
Irv Brown - Retired
Mike Burrows - The Denver Post
Luis Canela - Entravision
Jim Conrad - Sportscaster
Pete Deluca - Trinidad State Junior College
Terry Frei - The Denver Post
Drew Goodman - ROOT Sports
Judy Hildner - Pueblo Chieftain, Retired
Norm Jones - Sportscaster
Vic Lombardi - Altitude Sports & Entertainment
Dorothy Mauk - The Denver Post, Retired
Marcia Neville - University of Colorado, Denver
Tony Phifer - Sports Writer
Jay Ritchie - TeeToGreen / AFA Radio
Todd Romero - Altitude Sports & Entertainment
Patrick Saunders - Denver Post
Les Shapiro - Sportscaster
Gerry Valerio - Max Preps
Susie Wargin - 103.5 The Fox Radio
Ron Zappollo - KUSA-TV
Larry Zimmer - KOA Radio, Retired
Nominations are accepted from the public throughout the year. The deadline for submitting a nomination form is October 1st for the following year. The voting meeting of the Selection Committee is held each October followed by an Induction Banquet in April. Once an individual has been nominated, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame keeps the information on file for future consideration. There is no need to re-nominate an individual.
Nomination forms are available from the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Executive Office, 720.258.3535, or feel free to print the nomination form below.
Nomination for Induction
Nominations are accepted for individuals who have merited recognition and distinction in sports and who have brought fame and glory to the State of Colorado through outstanding accomplishments in the following areas (local, state & national):
Administration/Working with the Game
Other: Promotion, Refereeing, Ownership, Reporting, Training
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All nominations should be sent to:
The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
1701 Bryant St.
Denver, Colorado 80204
Nomination / Selection process is as follows:
Fill out the form and include any letters of recommendation/support, articles, biographies and/or photos and return it to the Hall of Fame. You may mail it or drop it off during business hours at the Hall of Fame Museum or at theSports Authority Field Stadium Management office. You are also welcome to send it over electronically if you have it that way.
Once the Hall of Fame recieves the file, it is forwarded it on to the selection committee, made up of approximately 29 sports and media representatives from around the state. All nominations are kept on file from year to year. We have nearly 200 nominees on file, and we choose 4-6 inductees each year.
To honor, by public acknowledgment or commemoration, those individuals who merit recognition and distinction for their exploits, accomplishments and leadership in sports and athletic endeavors in the state of Colorado. Equally, to build and make available programs and support for youth in our state, to cultivate character and citizenship as they grow toward leadership in our state and throughout the Nation.