Founded in 1974 by the YWCA of Metropolitan Denver, in cooperation with Gart Brothers Sporting Goods Co., Sportswomen of Colorado is recognized as the first community- based organization in the nation to honor athletes at the state level.
Twenty-eight awards, plus a surprise “Sportswoman of the Year” award, were presented at the inaugural 1975 banquet drawing 225 persons to the YWCA Cultural Center.
Masters Sports awards were launched in 1979, the SWOC Hall of Fame made its debut at the 1982 banquet and the first athlete with a disability sports award was given at the 1983 banquet.
Through last year’s 46th awards banquet, more than 1,700 women have been spotlighted for sports achievement with over 500 in attendance at our annual awards celebration.
A SWOC girls’ scholarship program, funding sports camp experiences for deserving girls continues after being initiated in the summer of 2001.
In 1984, following the 10th anniversary banquet attended by a capacity Marriott Southeast Grand Ballroom crowd of 450, the SWOC organization became independent with the support of corporate and individual sponsors.