Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame Annual Banquet Set for November
August 27, 2018
WACO, TEXAS – The Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame will host its 38th Annual Banquet on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco. This year’s event, entitled “Love on and off the court!” will celebrate Texas tennis families. The evening will culminate with the induction of the 2018 Hall of Fame Class. This year’s inductees are Jerry D. Geyman and Beverly C. Taylor.
Self-guided tours of the museum will begin at 5:00 P.M. Recent museum additions include the recently renovated Texas Tennis Families exhibit featuring the Clayton, Erck, Kamrath and Trevino families as well as a 50 Year of Open Tennis: US Open exhibit.
Banquet ticket holders are invited to a cocktail reception from 6:00-7:00 P.M. The bar will feature tennis-themed cocktails from sponsor Tito's Homemade Vodka and an assortment of wine and beer.
Banquet and Dinner
The banquet and dinner will take place at 7:00 P.M. Brian Boland, Director of Tennis and Men's Tennis Head Coach at Baylor University will be the guest speaker.
Banquet tickets are $80 each. A table of eight can be reserved for $600. Tickets for the event can be ordered online or by calling Emily McAnsh-Lemmon at (254) 756-1633.
The official host hotel for this year’s banquet is the Hampton Inn Waco located at 4259 North I-35, Waco, Texas, 76705, 254-412-1999.
TTMHOF Class of 2018:
Jerry D. Geyman
Jerry D. Geyman (born 1941) has dedicated much of his life to the development of tennis in Texas. As a player, Geyman played in and won a number of both professional and amateur tennis events. From 1972 to 1976, Geyman served as the Program and Research Director for World Championship Tennis (WCT) in Dallas. During that time he established twelve WCT tennis academies in the United States and Europe. He also coordinated twelve professional tournaments in international locations, including Sao Paulo, Brazil and Canada.
In addition to numerous other professional achievements, Geyman founded Planning and Management International in Dallas, where he secured Wilson Sporting Goods equipment to Mexico. He was the president until 1982, when he became president of Bentley Village Racquet Club Inc. There he designed and built the Eastchase Sports Club and coordinated numerous pro-celebrity tournaments. He served as president until 1997, when he became president and owner of Sports Concepts of America. Here he has developed multi-sports facilities made primarily out of monolithic dome.
Geyman has 40 years of experience as a USPTA Tennis Professional and acclaimed teacher. From 1999-2004 he served as head tennis coach of Bishop Lynch High School. From there he became the head tennis coach of Eastfield College in Mesquite from 2000-2005. For two years he directed youth tennis programs at Texas Women’s University and was the head tennis coach at Liberty Christian School from 2005-2009. Geyman was the recipient of the “Texas Proud” Award from the USPTA for tennis development. He holds several memberships including the USPTA and the USPTA Texas Division, where he has held various offices.
Beverly C. Taylor
Beverly Taylor (born 1940) has greatly impacted lives in the Houston community by serving through tennis. After playing in Houston leagues for many years, Beverly became involved with the Houston Ladies Tennis Association (HLTA). In 1989 she was elected President of the Houston Tennis Association (HTA). From 1990 to 1994 she worked as the Coordinator of Volunteers for the Virginia Slims of Houston WTA Event. Taylor also served as the Executive Director of the Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund/Tennis Classic from 1992-2005.
In addition to her many titles in the tennis community, Taylor has spent countless hours volunteering at tennis tournaments and other events. Since 2008, she has served as the chair of the Houston Tennis Association’s National Junior Tennis and Learning chapter (HTA NJTL). Her dedicated leadership to this chapter has resulted in tremendous improvement in free youth tennis and educational programs to thousands of low-income youth in the Houston area. The NJTL serves over 6,000 youth in over 45 neighborhoods and 20 schools, as well as awarding close to $18,000 in college scholarships annually. She is also currently a member of the HTA Advisory Board.
Taylor has been recognized many times by the United States Tennis Association for her dedicated service, receiving the USTA Texas Section Family of the Year in 1990, the USTA Community Service Award in 2009, the USTA Eve F. Kraft Community Service Award in 2010, and the USTA Texas Advocate of the Year in 2015. She was also presented with the Chris Evert Service Award in 2011 by the HLTA.
Jerry D. Geyman
Beverly C. Taylor