Tennis is known as a lifetime sport for many reasons including the longevity of players that can last many decades and continuous growth in talent and experience. This year the 2019 Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame inducted Jeff Cathrall and Randy Crawford for having distinguished themselves through their dedication and contributions to the sport.

Keynote speaker Wayne Bryan is father of the Bryan Brothers, Bob and Mike, the most successful professional doubles team in tennis history! He is also a well-known tennis coach and author of “Raising Your Child To Be A Champion in Athletics, Arts and Academics.” Despite being hoarse from his cross-country travels and speaking events, Bryan described his own commitment to tennis and managed to motivate guests to bid for live auction events.

The gala, held Saturday, February 9 at the Marriott Denver Tech Center, benefited the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation (CYTF), founded in 1961 by the USTA to develop the next generation of U.S. tennis players. Co-emcees Andy Zodin and Christine Chang announced several youth and adult winners in many categories and entertained some 500 guests with their off-the-cuff comments and interaction.  League players in Colorado USTA have sent many teams to the national competition this year and is the 2nd largest division in the nation.

USTA Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame inductees distinguished themselves through their dedication and many contributions to the sport. Colorado HOF inductee Jeff Cathrall, originally from Woodland Park, Colorado, excelled in the junior and collegiate ranks in the 1980s and 1990s. His teammates at Stanford University included Patrick McEnroe on the collegiate team that won NCAA titles for three consecutive years from 1988 to 1990.  Inductee Randy Crawford became the No. 1 player at Texas Christian University and went on to coach Martina Navratilova in the late 1980s as well as doubles champion Gigi Fernandez. Currently, he is the tennis director at Maroon Creek Club in Aspen. Also recognized were Colorado high school state champions and USTA league teams that advanced to national championships.

Shelly St. John of the Auction Divas managed the live auction with Wayne Bryan. After the awards presentations live music entertainment was provided by The Saddle Rockers. Special thanks went to year-round sponsorship support from Subaru, MidFirstKIND, Centeno-Schultz Clinic, LINE 3 and Sprouts.

The Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation offers financial assistance to organizations that reach youth across Colorado through tennis programming. Grants typically range between $100 and $1,000. To download an application for the CYTF scholarships due March 1, 2019 visit:
http://www.colorado.usta.com/cta/resources/financial_assistance/program_grants/

And, for more information on Colorado USTA visit: www.colorado.usta.com