Wharton alumnus and Penn Tennis Sport Board Chair, Glenn Welling W'92, discusses the impact of Penn Tennis on his life and the importance of giving back to Penn Athletics!
Penn Champions Club: What impact did Penn Tennis have on your time as a student? As an alumnus?
Glenn Welling: Being on an athletic team adds so much to your college experience. For me, traveling all over the country playing a sport I loved, representing my school was a tremendous honor. As an alumnus, I take tremendous pride in what we accomplished when I was a student-athlete and my goal now is to help ensure that every Penn tennis player in the future has a better experience than I did when I was at Penn – from the coaching talent, to the support the school and the alumni provide, to the resources to succeed at Penn and when they graduate.
PCC: Do you have a memory that stands out from your time as a Penn student-athlete?
GW:You might think it would be a great tennis match of which there were many but my favorite was actually running an intra-sport relay race against the other men’s athletic teams during the Penn Relays. Winning gold at the Penn Relays is a pretty special memory, even if our competition was only the other sports teams.
PCC: What does it mean to you to be involved in the Penn Tennis Sports Board?
GW: I really enjoy being a part of the program. College only lasts 4 years but by joining the Board and playing an active role, I still feel like I am a meaningful part of the program that meant so much to me when I was a student.
PCC: If you could communicate something to the Penn Community about the importance of Penn Tennis, what would it be?
GW: Penn Tennis is one of the oldest sports at the University and also one where we can compete on a national level both individually and as a team. Matches are also really fun to watch so alumni and students alike, please come down to our new, amazing facilities and cheer on the men’s and women’s teams!
As with all sports at Penn, the tennis program must raise money for annual operating costs. These donations support expenses relating to team travel, equipment, sport performance needs and many more necessities that allow our scholar-athletes to compete at the highest level of competition. Please consider supporting the Tennis Varsity Fund today and help the program reach their goal of $174,400 before June 30th! You can contribute online at www.pennathletics.com/supporttennis or by calling the Penn Champions Club at 215-898-2931.