Hall of Fame

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Our History

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.

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Selection Process

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.

  • Chevron down The Selection Committee
  • Doug Ottewill  Chairperson, Mile High Sports

    Tim Simmons  Vice Chair, BFishInc

    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.

If you’d like to nominate someone to the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, check out our nominations page!