2012 Austin NJTL Playday
© Carlos Hernandez
Carlos Hernandez is one of the newest additions to the USTA family, starting in June as the Diversity & Inclusion staff liaison at the USTA Texas Section office. Carlos graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Sport Management and a minor in Business Foundations. He is currently working towards a Master of Science degree from Texas A&M University in Sport Management.
Hernandez has been playing tennis for about ten years, first picking up a racquet in Junior High School. He always had an appreciation for the USTA and was excited about the possibility of working for the organization. "The USTA is a great opportunity to continue growing the game of tennis, primarily in underserved communities. It's motivating to work in the nonprofit sector and give back to communities where tennis may not be accessible," said Hernandez.
Carlos was named the 2011 Wilson/ITA National Promoter of the Year, which recognizes individuals who promote the game of tennis at the collegiate level by dedicating time and effort to promotional activities, as well as bringing awareness to their school program. Carlos served as the Team Manager for the University of Texas men’s tennis team for three years and was an intern for the athletic department at University Interscholastic League, the governing body of high school sports in Texas. Beyond recognition, Carlos was awarded a paid summer internship at Wilson’s global headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. "As an intern for Wilson Sporting Goods, I was provided with a once in a lifetime opportunity to work alongside leaders in the racquet sports industry," said Hernandez.
Since joining the USTA family, Carlos has immersed himself in the Diversity and Inclusion culture by taking on new initiatives in his section. In September, he participated alongside colleagues and volunteers at the 2012 Austin Pride Festival, which is a celebration of diversity and community which raises funds for and awareness of resources and non-profit organizations available to the LGBT community in Central Texas.
Hernandez took part in the 2012 Arthur Ashe Essay and Art Contest process. "Reading the essay submissions for the contest was empowering because it shows how NJTL is impacting their life, which gave me a greater purpose," said Hernandez, also noting that the Texas Section had a National winner this year. When asked to name another highlight from this summer, Carlos recalled the NAACP Convention. "Attending the NAACP Convention in Houston was impactful because we were able to set up a pop-up net near our booth and introduce parents and kids to 10U tennis. Delegates from across the country were present, so it was a great opportunity."
Carlos is looking forward to the upcoming Latino Coaches Workshop which takes place in October and working to make USTA Texas as diverse as possible in every aspect of tennis.