Bill Wright inducted into Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame
Vail CO, Colorado
VAIL – The Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame Gala, held February 9th at the Marriott Denver Tech Center, brought together Colorado’s tennis community to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of six individual’s dedication and devotion to the game of tennis, having earned a rightful place in the Hall amongst Colorado’s tennis elite.
Included amongst the individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame this year is Bill Wright, former Vail Recreation District Director of Tennis from 1972 to 1999, and namesake to Ford Park’s Bill Wright Tennis Center since 2003.
Wright, 70, competed in the US Open five times, coached 12 All-Americans and was selected as NCAA Coach of the Year in 1978. Already inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men’s Collegiate Hall of Fame in 2006 after compiling 436 collegiate coaching victories at numerous universities including the University of Denver and Colorado State University, Wright was honored once again in 2007 and presented an honorary framed portrait of Vail’s Ford Park tennis grounds (photo attached) at the Hall of Fame induction, a tribute to both his dedication to the game of tennis and his role as accomplished ambassador for the community of Vail.
As the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame’s mission is to honor individuals making outstanding contributions to the game of tennis in Colorado, so too did the Gala make an outstanding contribution to the sport of tennis itself, with all proceeds and benefits from the event going to the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation, a fundraising arm of the Colorado Tennis Association that provides financial assistance to juniors and junior programs that gives kids the opportunity to play and learn from the lifetime sport of tennis.