Induction Year: 2018
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.
Houston City Council Proclamation 1989