This year for our star-studded JCC Denver Sports Hall of Fame event, we are proud to honor Irwin Hoffman, the most triumphant Jewish tennis teaching professional. Ever.

That’s right–ever. This is the J’s first ever induction of a tennis player, so why not start it off with a bang?

Irwin was the JCC’s first teaching tennis professional in the 60s, and he went on to have a 52-year career teaching tennis at the Green Gables Country Club. At the height of his tennis career, Irwin and his team managed over 17 clubs and programs. He has coached thousands of young players (many of whom have gone on to be competitive players), and gifted them with life lessons and skills.