Induction Year: 2019
Carol Welder, a native Texan, has dedicated much of her adult life to giving back to the sport of tennis. From 1986-1995, she served as the executive director of the Capital Area Tennis Association (CATA) in Austin where she developed the program and curriculum for National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) and schools. She also established Good Sports, a program about character and courage and developed a six-week curriculum based on trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
Since 1983, Welder has served on and chaired many USTA Texas committees. While president of the organization from 2003-2004, Welder led the search and purchase of an office building that resulted in a new home for the USTA Texas Section. She also developed the “Buddy System”, a cooperative working relationship among departments on programming and marketing. Welder has served on the Texas Section Foundation Board and on the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
On the national level, Welder has served on and chaired numerous USTA committees. She was a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors from 2009-2010 and Vice President from 2011-2012.
For her contributions to tennis, Welder was awarded the W. T. Caswell Service Award by USTA Texas in 2005. CATA honored her as the first recipient of the Carol Welder Community Service Award in 2008. In 2012, the USTA awarded her the Barbara Williams Leadership Award. Welder is an active player, participating in both state and national tournaments. She has been state ranked in various age divisions and captained many league teams.