Sportswomen of Colorado set to honor 50-year history, athletes and contributors

DENVER (KDVR) — It’s a milestone for the Sportswomen of Colorado.

For 50 years, the organization has honored and recognized the achievements of women across the state.

Going back to 1974, the Sportswomen of Colorado non-profit reflects the history, timeline, and progress of girls’ and women’s sports in Colorado over the past half-century. They are the first sports recognition program of its kind in the country and is still believed to be one-of-a-kind.

“Our mission is to promote, honor and empower Colorado girls and women in sports,” Executive Director Linda Lappe told Colorado Sports Night about the organization. “I think we have seen a rise in the success of women’s athletics.”

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Portland Thorns and U.S. National Team soccer player Sophia Smith, Grandview High School basketball player Sienna Betts, duathlete Carol Whipple, University of Colorado basketball coach JR Payne, professional heptathlete Anna Hall, and Colorado State basketball player McKenna Hofschild highlight the list.

“It’s pretty neat to see not only the athletes that everyone knows but also honor the athletes people haven’t heard of,” Lappe said. Sportswomen of Colorado will honor over 40 athletes spanning all ages and sports.

“It’s just a huge celebration,” Lappe said.

The highlight of the evening will be the surprise announcement of the Sportswoman of the Year Award presented to Colorado’s most outstanding athlete based on her 2023 achievements.

The 50th Anniversary Awards Celebration will be held March 17 at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. Tickets are available at sportswomenofcolorado.org/awardscelebration/

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