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Martha J. Wilder is the president (and founder) of the Clinton-Laurens-Newberry Tennis Association, which was formed in 1997, a 501©(3) organization. (The CLNTA was rewarded with the SC Tennis Patrons' first Kids-at-Risk grant, which helped introduce tennis to youth who were involved in a juvenile offenders program at Piedmont Wilderness Institute. PWI is affiliated with Associated Marine Institutes.)
She has been serving on the Board of Directors of the USTA SC (2000 to present) as the Northwest Area director. She also serves on the Community Development Council.
Martha has been involved with the sport in some capacity for 17 years. She is a certified tennis official and tournament referee.
Wilder received her BS and MA.Ed in speech-language pathology from Western Carolina University. She has maintained a private practice in speech-language pathology since 1987.
Her husband Dan is girls’ tennis coach at Whitmire High School, fielding the school’s first-ever tennis team. Whitmire High School is the smallest public high school in the entire state that fields a tennis team. (Grades 9-12, total enrollment = 143) However, this past season, in only their fifth year in existence, they defeated teams in all four classifications: 1-A, 2-A, 3-A, and 4-A. Plus, they ended up ranked #2 in South Carolina in the 1-A category.
Dan is also the tournament director for the CLNTA. In addition to the new courts in Whitmire, the Wilders worked closely with the Laurens mayor to have six new (blue) courts built at the Laurens City Park.
The Wilders were the No.1 3.0 mixed doubles team in SC in 1996. Under their captainships, their men's and women’s tennis teams have advanced to the state championships 16 times in the past 13 years. Eight of those teams advanced to the Southern Sectionals. Martha’s 5.5 Senior Combo Doubles team has won the SC State Championship the past three years in-a-row (in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) in late January ’08.
Martha and Dan were presented the Community Service Award at the 2005 USTA SC Hall of Fame Awards Banquet on Dec. 3, 2005 on Hilton Head Island.