Mike Hulbert has passed away
Michael Hulbert – Colorado Springs, CO
Mike Hulbert, 63, died June 21, 2006. Raised in Colorado Springs. Two children survive. He played baseball and hockey (goalie) in high school and went to the University of Wyoming on a baseball scholarship, where he was introduced to handball. Mike passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. He ran his own Landscape Company.
MIKE HULBERT – HALL OF FAME – 2004 Induction (Inducted in his first year of nomination)
Mike Hulbert’s college baseball coach made them play handball. He liked the cross training, use of both sides of the body, the conditioning aspects. Mike played off an on for years, had a family and stopped playing.
But handball is magic, and at age 40 Hulbert found himself blessed with a sport he would pursue with zeal for the next twenty years and beyond. An avid competitor, Mike played in as many tournaments as he could, always striving to “be the best he can be” and find that elusive zone, the absorption of the moment, found in sport. Hulbert admired his opponent’s skills, never subjugated anyone, relished the personal challenges and benefited from the secondary fitness aspects of handball.
In his quest for the ultimate handball elixir, Hulbert won 4 Colorado Masters Titles and finished second in at least 7 more. He had been crowned a National Masters Champion 4 times and finished second in at least 6 more, often to the legendary Neal Manning. Mike was Colorado’s most accomplished national level Masters Player. Mike Hulbert’s unique spirit, love of life and joy of competition epitomize the very essence of handball.
Ron Bronner - CHA