at Empower Field at Mile High benefiting CSU Pueblo Scholarship Fund at 4:30 p.m.
Sam Batey was a phenomenal star in every sense of the word–both on and off the court. Friends, supporters and admirers gathered at the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum at Empower Field on at Mile High on Tuesday to honor his legacy.
Dr. Batey’s wife Barbara and extended family members were in attendance to announce the Sam Batey Legacy Endowment, as well as plans for the inaugural Batey Legacy Golf Tournament in 2023.
The Bateys met at Pueblo Junior College in the fall of 1961 when Barbara enrolled in the school as a freshman from New Orleans and Sam was starting his first year as a student and playing basketball after a standout prep career at Denver East. Sam was a four-season starter for the then-Indians and became the first player to play four-straight seasons at the school as Pueblo Junior College became Southern Colorado State College in the fall of 1963. Both Barbara and Sam served as principals in the Denver Public Schools system and earned their doctorate degrees from the University of Colorado in the late 1990s. Sam passed away on July 19, 2021. Barbara continues to live in Denver surrounded by her two children (Sam Jr. and Dana) and four grandchildren (Jordan, Brooklyn, Morgan and Pryce).
Tim Simmons gave a resounding introduction and recalled the numerous ways that the Batey and Simmons family have been intertwined over the years. Tim’s dad was renowned coach Harry “The Chief” Simmons, who counted Sam Batey as one of his most exemplary basketball players and scholars.
Sam Batey Jr., CSU-Pueblo Athletic Director Dr. Paul Plinske, CSU-Pueblo President Dr. Timothy Mottet, Martha Simmons, coach Matt Hammer and Todd Kelly from the CSU-P Foundation all added comments and star players of the CSU-P basketball team were introduced.
Sam Batey serves as an extraordinary role model and scholarship recipients will have an outstanding role model to follow. Stay tuned for the Batey Legacy golf tournament in July, 2023.
The event was fittingly held at the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame at Empower Field
The entrance to the event
Henry and Edith Morgan
Tim and Lynn Simmons
Tim Simmons and his sister Martha Simmons in front of the Hall of Fame poster of their legendary Dad, “The Chief” Harry Simmons
The Batey family: Brooklyn, Pryce, Barbara, Sam Jr., Dana and Jeff Hurd
Rio and his 1,000-watt smile with Renee Williams
Barbara Batey and Tim Simmons
Barbara Batey and Martha Simmons–longtime friends
Marc and Lois Smith
Catering was expertly done by Epicurean
Happy Haynes, left, and Daphne Hunter
From CSU-P athletics–Dr. Paul Pinske and Mannie Reinsch
Tim Simmons and CSU-P President Dr. Timothy Mottet
JA Massey and Janice Satchell
Donnis and Bernard Hurd
Alexandra Hansen and Keelan Bailey
Sam Batey Jr., left, chats with Reginald Martin
Lee Saunders and Alex Brady from CSU-P
Gladys Wortham, left, chats with Barbara Batey
Athletic Director Dr. Paul Pinske, left, and CSU-P President Dr. Timothy Mottet
Coach Matt Hammer with his wife Mallery and son Max
Guests enjoyed the great food by Epicurean
Virginia Lobeer, left, and Happy Haynes
Basketball stars from CSU-P: Adrian Gray, left, Tristan Hurdle, Moses Demalek, Lian Ramiro, Noble Robinson
Sam and Jo Ann Pegues
Gary Jackson, left, Sandra Dillard Scott, Kimberle Jackson-Butler, Roger Kinney
Richard Maki and Virginia Lobeer
J Wallace Wortham and Barbara Batey
Warren Scott, Sandra Dillard Scott and John Dikeou
Chris Babbs, left, chats with Gary Jackson
Steve Saunders, left, talks with Matt, Max and Mallery Hammer
Tim Simmons, left, greets Dr. Timothy Mottet and Todd Kelly
Wilma and Wellington Webb, left, with Barbara Batey
Michele Wright, left, and Alberteen Ransom
Dr. Timothy Mottet chats with Lois Smith
Dr. Timothy Mottet, Tim Simmons, Chris Babbs and Wellington and Wilma Webb
The Sam Batey legacy
The legend, Sam Batey, in action
Tim Simmons welcomed everyone
Tim Simmons talked about Sam Batey and his Dad, “The Chief” Simmons
Tim Simmons and Martha Simmons reminisce about the Batey and Simmons families
Roger Kinney, left, and Chris Babbs listen to speeches
Coach Matt Hammer and CSU-P basketball stars
Todd Kelly from the CSU-P Foundation gives some remarks