Induction Year: 1985
As a child Barbara Smith moved with her parents to Austin. She began her tennis volunteer career in 1976 with the Capital Area Tennis Association as a tournament director. By 1979 she was working as a leader in the Texas Tennis Association.
As a TTA volunteer, she held many positions including its presidency and its sectional delegate to the United States Tennis Association. She became a certified official and she served on the section’s executive committee. At the national level, she served on the USTA board and was its vice president.
For over two decades she represented the USTA to the United States Olympic Committee’s board of directors and the USOC National Governing Body Council. Her introduction to international Olympic tennis was serving as the USTA representative to the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina and the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. She became a member of the International Tennis Federation’s Olympic Committee and served on the Jury of Appeal for the 2000 Sydney, the 2004 Athens and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Tennis Events. She was elected as one of two Technical Delegates for the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympic tennis events.
Within USTA Texas, her service earned her many awards including Family of the Year, the W.T. Caswell Service Award and the 35-year USTA Texas Volunteer Award. Within the USTA, she was awarded the Barbara Williams Leadership Award and the 30-Year Volunteer Award.