Jan. 11, 2018
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The University of Denver men’s and women’s tennis teams will soon have a new home at Denver Tennis Park, a new $ 14 million indoor / outdoor public tennis center that will be built in part with two million dollar donations. dollars from Catherine “Cappy” (BFA ’76, MBA ’80) and Robert Shopneck (MA ’73, JD ’76), and Jane Hamilton and their families. The installation is the result of a groundbreaking public-private collaboration between Denver Tennis Park, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to serving the youth of Denver, the University of Denver and Denver Public Schools. In addition to serving DU’s NCAA Division 1 tennis programs, the new facility will be managed and operated by Denver Tennis Park for the benefit of DPS students and the greater Denver community.
WATCH: Denver Tennis Park Press Conference
Cappy Shopneck, an avid tennis player, is part of the DU Tennis Hall of Fame. She has been a director since 2006 and currently holds the position of Vice-President of the Board of Directors. Cappy, Jane
Hamilton was a member of the University’s Board of Trustees until 2015, when she retired.
“Tennis has been both a fun activity and a great teacher for me,” says Shopneck. “Beyond physical fitness and sportsmanship, it taught me to focus mentally, to set and achieve goals, to work hard, and to learn from mentors and teammates, all of which I have to say. ‘have made it possible to achieve success later in life. Denver Tennis Park is a unique opportunity for me and my families to share and strengthen these qualities in our community, extend our support to the youth of Denver, and advance the University of Denver. I am pleased to be among the leaders in this visionary enterprise. “
“Tennis has been an important sport for my whole family. We have enjoyed playing as a family over the years and have so many fond memories.
Chancellor of the University of Denver Rebecca Chopp said these donations are a prime example of the many community initiatives called for in the University’s strategic vision, OF THE IMPACT 2025.
“Cappy, Bob, Jane and her late husband Fred have all been dear friends and supporters of the college and its tennis program for years,” Chopp said. “Their generous donations allow us to strengthen our relationships with our direct neighbors and throughout the city of Denver as we blur the lines between campus and community. Having a nonprofit facility and organization that serves the university, Denver public schools, and the greater Denver community opens the door to collaborative opportunities that serve all of Denver’s youth. “
The Denver Tennis Park is located on the east side of I-25 at Franklin Street near DPS ‘
DU Vice Chancellor of Athletics and Recreation Peg Bradley-Doppes said the new facility will not only allow the University to meet NCAA Division 1 requirements by ensuring access to indoor courts / outdoor, but the location would also allow collaborations with the Denver Tennis Park initiatives serving youth.
“Not only is a state-of-the-art facility beneficial for recruiting, but our male and female teams can finally train and compete at a site adjacent to
In addition to Shopneck’s leadership on the board, the leadership and presence of the family
Like Shopneck, Hamilton and his family have helped transform the DU campus over the years. Hamilton served on the University’s Board of Trustees and thanks to the generosity of her and her late husband Fred, the campus was enhanced by the Hamilton Gymnasium, the Frederic C. Hamilton Recital Hall, the Atrium of Hamilton inside the Anderson Academic Commons and the Hamilton Auditorium in the new Engineering and Computing Building. Additionally, the Hamilton family has been providing scholarships to students for over 30 years through their scholarship fund. Hamilton’s generosity extends across campus – from the arts to technology.
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