Boryla Apartments named for Father Woody’s benefactor, Olympian and former Nuggets GM

November 10, 2017

Construction has begun on the new Vincent J. Boryla Apartments at 4923 King St. near Regis University. The 29-unit contemporary apartments are named after the late professional basketball player, coach, business executive and longtime supporter of Father Woody’s Service Projects at Regis. Boryla died in 2016 at the age of 89.

The five-story apartments are located one block south of the University and include one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units. Construction is expected to be completed next August.

“Vinnie achieved many successes in his life but he remained always a humble servant to others,” said Father John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J., president of Regis. “I’m grateful for all he’s done for the Father Woody’s program and for Regis over the years, and I’m honored to have called him my friend.”

The 6-foot-5 Boryla played basketball at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana then at the University of Denver. In 1948 he earned an Olympic gold medal with Team USA, and joined the New York Knicks in 1950. He played five seasons before becoming the head coach of the Knicks in 1956. He served as a general manager for various teams, including for the Denver Nuggets from 1984 to 1987.

Never one to seek the spotlight, Boryla was a powerful and keen real estate investor. He long kept his philanthropy private but was instrumental in helping Father Woody’s Service Projects, the organization named for Monsignor Charles Woodrich, better known as Father Woody, who tended to Denver’s poor from his Holy Ghost parish. More than 30 years ago, Father Woody asked Boryla to help him raise $10,000 for the homeless. Instead, Boryla donated the money.

“Vinnie had the sweetest, most tender heart,” said Victoria McCabe, director of the Father Woody’s Service Projects and a Regis professor. “He liked to be behind the scenes but he was involved in everything.”

When Father Woody died in 1991, the organization that bears his name began operating out of Regis’ Northwest Denver campus, and Boryla has been a primary benefactor. He is the “Anonymous” – and top -- donor listed on the University’s donor plaque outside the Regis president’s office.

The apartments will be managed by Regis University and have on-site residential staff. For more rental information, contact (303) 458-4991; reslife@regis.edu.

Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. Regis University has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs with more than 11,000 enrolled students. For more information, visit www.regis.edu.