DU Trustees and Alumni Donate $2 Million for Denver Tennis Park
Catherine and Robert Shopneck, Jane Hamilton and their families help create the official home court for DU Tennis
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 the Denver Tennis Park, a new $14 million public indoor/outdoor tennis facility which will be built in part thanks to two 1-million dollar gifts from Catherine "Cappy" (BFA '76, MBA '80) and Robert Shopneck (MA '73, JD '76), and Jane Hamilton and their families. The facility is the result of a groundbreaking public-private collaboration between the Denver Tennis park, Inc. a not for profit organization dedicated to serving Denver's youth, 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 the Denver Tennis Park for the benefit of DPS students and the greater Denver community.
Cappy Shopneck, an avid tennis player, is in the DU Tennis Hall of Fame. She has been a trustee since 2006 and currently serves as a Vice Chair on the board. Cappy, Jane
Hamilton served the University as a member of the Board of Trustees until 2015, when she retired
"Tennis for me has been both an enjoyable activity and a great teacher," says Shopneck. "Beyond fitness and sportsmanship, it taught me mental focus, setting and achieving goals, working hard, and learning from mentors and teammates, all things that have made me successful in later life. The Denver Tennis Park is a unique opportunity for me and my family to share and strengthen these qualities in our community, expand our support of youth in Denver, and advance the University of Denver. I'm pleased to be among the leaders in this visionary endeavor."
"Tennis has been an important sport for my entire family. We've enjoyed playing as a family over the years and have so many fond memories
University of Denver Chancellor Rebecca Chopp said these gifts are a prime example of the many community-based initiatives called for in the University's strategic vision, DU IMPACT 2025.
"Cappy, Bob, Jane and her late husband Fred have all been dear friends and supporters of the University and its tennis program for years," Chopp says. "Their generous gifts allow us to strengthen our relationship with our direct neighbors and throughout the city of Denver as we blur the boundaries between campus and community. Having a facility and a not-for-profit organization that serves the University, Denver Public Schools and the greater Denver community opens the door for opportunities for collaborations that serve all Denver youth."
"Not only is a state of the art facility beneficial to recruitment, but our men's and women's teams can finally practice and compete at one venue adjacent to
In addition to Shopneck's leadership on the Board of Trustees, the family's leadership and presence
Like Shopneck, Hamilton and her 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 has been enhanced by the Hamilton Gymnasium, the Frederic C. Hamilton Recital Hall, the Hamilton Atrium inside the Anderson Academic Commons, and the Hamilton Auditorium in the new Engineering and Computer Science Building. In addition, the Hamilton family has been providing scholarship support for students for more than 30 years through their endowed scholarship fund. The Hamilton's generosity extends throughout campus - from arts to technology.
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