Roberta Hadley joined the Raleigh Tennis Association Board as Vice President in 2019. For the past ten years, Roberta has worked in Raleigh at Communities in Schools of Wake County and it was at a volunteer training event for work that she met RTA Executive Director, Julie Dick.
Julie knows an opportunity when she sees one and she saw one in Roberta! Julie recruited Roberta to leverage her experience to strengthen RTA’s National Junior Tennis and Learning (“NJTL”) programming and outreach efforts in order to impact more organizations within the Raleigh community. This led to the formation of the RTA Serves Committee which works to support the improvement of all NJTL Raleigh Chapters, expand RTA program grants, offer RTA college scholarships, and help introduce tennis to new faces across Raleigh. Later, Roberta was nominated to serve on the RTA Board of Directors. The rest is history...
In addition to her prior role at DOCTA and current role at the RTA, Roberta is a Diversity Immersion for Volunteer Engagement (“DIVE”) cohort member. DIVE is a USTA initiative to encourage individuals from underrepresented communities to become leaders within USTA.
Roberta started playing tennis in her 30s when she connected with the Durham-Orange County Tennis Association (“DOCTA”). Several of the DOCTA board members became her friends as well as her first tennis coaches. It was soon after that Roberta joined DOCTA's board and during their 20th-anniversary celebration, she received a well-deserved recognition award. Congrats, Roberta!
As a player, Roberta has competed in her fair share of USTA League North Carolina State matches in singles, doubles, and mixed. She credits her State Tennis Championship medal to Cindy W. Roberta and her partner, Lynsey E., won the 3.5 level of Just Doubles tournament. We have no doubt that she used her favorite shot, the overhead, to help clinch that title!
For years, Roberta and her friends traveled to Volvo Car Open in Charleston, SC as both a volunteer and a fan. She volunteered for the WTA tournament for seven years. A huge fan of pro tennis, she also attended the 2019 US Open.
Roberta feels strongly that “Tennis is powerful enough to change your life.” It’s her “tennis philosophy” and one that she lives by — tennis is the tool she uses to support young people who may be struggling off the court in some way.
“I smile when they smile.”
We do too, Roberta. Thanks for all that you do for the RTA and the greater Raleigh community!