Carolyn Kruse, Community Leader

Carolyn Kruse’s dedication to sports, and especially to figure skating, demonstrates the power of focused philanthropy.

The Topeka, Kan., native resettled in Colorado Springs in 1963 and has since continued to lead the way in the development of the region’s amateur sports programs.

With her late husband, she championed myriad nonprofit and amateur sports causes, from planning and fundraising for the Colorado Springs World Arena to volunteering for three USOC National Sports Festivals to becoming team leader for U.S. Figure Skating’s delegation at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games.

Her volunteer-service record is a long and impressive.

It includes service to the World Arena and the Colorado Springs Sports Corp. as well as several Olympic groups, including U.S. Figure Skating’s protocol, athlete development and international committees.

The community has frequently celebrated her role as a volunteer and philanthropist. She was selected for the Recognition Award for Outstanding Service in Women’s Sports in 1990 by the Women’s Sports Foundation, and in 2000, received the Col. F. Don Miller Award for contributions to the city’s sports community.

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In 2006, she received the William Thayer Tutt Sportsman Award, given by The Sports Corp. in recognition of outstanding support of community sports.

She and husband Clif, an attorney, author, ordained minister and public speaker, were married 52 years and had two children. Together, they formed a pillar of Colorado Springs’ philanthropic community, giving generously to many causes.


  1. Carolyn Kruse is a magnificent woman and deserving of every accolade she has received. She is a great role model for everyone in this community.

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