Gold Crown Foundation, a Colorado nonprofit 501c3, offers youth sports and education programs to nearly 18,000 boys and girls annually throughout Colorado and the surrounding states. Founded in 1986 by former Denver Nugget player and coach, Bill Hanzlik, and his business partner Ray Baker, Gold Crown Foundation’s mission is “Educating Youth and Community through Sports and Enrichment Programs.” Over the years, Gold Crown has evolved as a foundation with a focus on affordability and low-income support. Through our basketball, volleyball, golf, educational and miscellaneous community programs, Gold Crown teaches youth life skills and grants almost $500,000 in scholarships annually to Colorado kids, ages 6 – 18.
In addition to programming, Gold Crown added facilities along the way to support its programs and enhance the community. Coca-Cola All Star Park opened in 1998 in conjunction with the MLB All Star Game at Coors Field. The 56,000 sq. ft. Gold Crown Field House opened its doors in 2003. In 2008, Gold Crown entered into an agreement with Eagle Trace Golf Club in Broomfield, Colo., to develop the Gold Crown Junior Golf Learning Center. In January of 2018, we officially opened a second Clubhouse location in Edgewater, Colorado.
Today, Gold Crown programs include boys and girls basketball, volleyball, golf, educational programs, parent/coach seminars and youth sports officiating training and game assigning.
GCF Timeline and History - Three Decades In The Making!
1986: Gold Crown Foundation Begins!
Bill Hanzlik talking to over 100 girls at the first ever basketball camp held at Metro State College.
1994: First year of the GCF Youth Competitive Basketball League
The league featured 105 boys and girls teams from around the Denver Metro Area.
1998: Coca-Cola All-Star Park Opens
Bud Selig, MLB Commissioner and Jerry McMorris, Colorado Rockies owner, help open CCASP.
1999: Gold Crown Jr. Golf Association is launched
The GCJGA offered programs in the spring, summer and fall for golfers 8-18.
2000: Gold Crown Girls Volleyball League starts
The first year saw 50 teams of 7th and 8th grade girls.
2001: Educational Coaching Seminar at DU
GCF partnered with Positive Coaching Alliance to host this one of a kind seminar for over 1,500 coaches.
2003: Construction and opening of the Gold Crown Field House
56,000 square feet of hardwood flooring is put down inside the Field House
2003: Gold Crown Enrichment is launched
Gold Crown becomes one of 100 members of the Computer Clubhouse network, located in 20 countries.
2007: Gold Crown Jr. Golf Learning Center opens
Located at Eagle Trace Golf Course, this 3-acre golf teaching facility serves as Gold Crown's golf epicenter.
2009: Gold Crown hosts the NWBA Championships
In partnership with the NWBA, this tournament was the largest wheelchair basketball event in the world
2011: CCASP dedicates Keli McGregor Field
Colorado Rockies President Keli McGregor was a driving force behind making the dream of Coca-Cola All-Star Park
2012: Gold Crown hosts Youth Development Conference
Sessions included concussion awareness, injury prevention, bullying and sports nutrition
2014: Gold Crown Enrichment hosts National Clubhouse Conference
Over 200 participants from 20 countries came together sharing best practices in youth innovation
2018: The Clubhouse at Edgewater opens
Gold Crown Enrichment expands to a second location in Edgewater for more after school programming for kids 10-18 years old
30 Years: Working With Great Community Partners
We are proud to open our facilities doors, free of charge to the great partners to provide memorable experiences for the kids