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January 27, 2012 - Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame Presents Hall of Fame Awards

What: The Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame Gala and USTA Colorado Annual Awards Celebration took place Friday, January 27, at the Marriott Denver Tech Center. Four new members were inducted into the Hall and awards were presented to people whose contributions and achievements contributed to the greatness of tennis in the state of Colorado. Proceeds from the Gala benefitted the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation.

Where: Marriott Denver Tech Center

When: Friday, January 27, 2012

Time: 5:30 cocktails, 7:00 dinner and program

Beneficiary: Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation

Mistress of Ceremonies: Taryn Archer, USTA Colorado Board President

Master of Ceremonies: Andy Zodin

Honoree(s): Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame Inductees: Maricaye Christenson Daniels, Cliff Buchholz, Alicia Salas, and Scott Humphries

Presenting Sponsor(s): Steele Street Bank & Trust

Executive Director: USTA Colorado Board President Taryn Archer, CYTF Exec Dir. Fritz Garger

Auctioneer: Steve Cassaday

Menu: Caesar salad, sauteed chicken with a citrus cream sauce and basil pesto mashers. Dessert: chocolate raspberry cake

Attire: Business formal

Event Coordinator: Lisa Schaeffer

Board of Directors: For a complete listing of the USTA Colorado and the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation, or to find out how you can get involved, go to

Blacktie Photos by: Bob Fontneau

 Honoree Vasilisa Bardina, left, with inductee Cliff Buchholz and Jan Cortez
Honoree Vasilisa Bardina, left, with inductee Cliff Buchholz and Jan Cortez

USTA Colorado inducted four players into the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame Friday, January 27, 2012, at the Marriott-Denver Tech Center as part of its annual Hall of Fame Gala and Awards Ceremony, benefitting the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation.

Maricaye Christenson Daniels, Cliff Buchholz, Alicia Salas and Scott Humphries made up the 2012 class of inductees, and they were feted in an evening that began at 5:30 with a cocktail reception whose guests were a who's who of Colorado tennis, including many previous inductees to the Hall.  Also attending were a number of award-winning members of the Colorado tennis community and their families and guest.

Guests were called to the evening's ceremony at 7:00 and treated to a dinner featuring Caesar salad, sauteed chicken with a citrus cream sauce, and basil pesto mashed potatoes.  As they finished their chocolate raspberry cake, USTA Colorado Board President Taryn Archer called the program to order, addressing the crowd about the purpose and importance of the evening's ceremony.  

The highlight of the evening was the induction of the four newest Hall of Famers, but sprinkled in between were awards for other major contributors to Colorado tennis.  Awards were presented, among others, for best senior players, best college players, best wheelchair player, best high school player and best high school teams.  Non-player awards were also presented, including outstanding umpire, family, tennis organization and media contribution.  Also, importantly, awards were presented for sportsmanship in multiple age groups.

But the main events were the evening's inductions and the accompanying speeches.  While Ms. Daniels was unable to receive her induction in person due to a transportation issue, the other three 2012 inductees were present and their induction speeches all spoke of a life lived in tennis.  Colorado has a rich tennis history, and the 2012 class is no exception.  Mr. Buccholz talked of his career as a player and later as a supporter and promoter of the game.  Ms. Salas, who played youth and schoolgirl tennis in Colorado before starring at Notre Dame, excelled as much for her grace and attitude as her competitive excellence.  Mr. Humphries' career took him to the hallowed lawns of Wimbledon, where he won the Boys' Wimbledon Championship.

All in all, the evening was a celebration of everything tennis in Colorado, with the proceeds going to insure that the future of the sport is equally bright.

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