DENVER — Three former Colorado Buffaloes are among the six that will be inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame at the 57th Annual banquet, set for Wednesday evening here at the Hilton Denver City Center.
Carol Callan, Roger Kinney and Chuck Williams will be among the six inducted joined by Ed McCaffrey, Darnell McDonald and DaVarryl Williamson.
Callan is the longtime voice of the CU women’s basketball team. She recently concluded a stellar 25-year run as women’s national team director at USA Basketball, when Team USA won seven Olympic gold medals and five world championships.
She remains the president of FIBA Americas and is a former basketball coach and athletic director at Fairview High School. She was recently inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Williams averaged 11.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in his CU career, during which he lettered three times from 1965-68. As a senior, he upped his scoring average to 18 points per game and earned All-Big Eight honors.
He was a standout athlete in basketball, football and track at Denver East and helped the Angels win state titles in basketball (1964) and football (1963). After CU, he was drafted in the sixth round of the 1968 NBA Draft and played in both the NBA and ABA, where he was a two-time All-Star. He played for both the Denver Rockets (ABA) and Denver Nuggets (NBA). Williams has been inducted into the Halls of Fame for CU athletics, the Colorado High School Activities Association and Denver East.
Kinney played baseball at Colorado under coach Frank Prentup and lettered three times from 1957-59. He appeared in 68 games with a career batting average of .251 with 27 RBI and one home run. Prior to CU, he played baseball at Denver East and won the 1955 Denver prep batting title with a .429 average.
After CU, led the Denver Organizing Committee from 1986-90, bringing the 1990 Final Four to Denver as well as two NCAA Regionals and the Mile High Classic. He helped behind the scenes efforts to lure the MLB to expand in Colorado.
He worked for the Colorado Rockies from 1990-2002 and served as executive director of the Colorado Rockies Foundation. He was also a key player in the Rocky Mountain Showdown where the Buffs and Colorado State Rams played at Mile High Stadium.
Since its inception in 1965, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame has inducted 276 individuals. The three new Buff join 52 other Buffs already enshrined in the Hall.