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Someone You Should Know - Beth Hyland.


Beth Hyland is someone you should know. Beth believes that tennis is so much more than winning and losing. Her good deeds exemplify the dedication she has to all who she interacts with in tennis. Beth credits tennis for many things, which inspired her to give back to the tennis community. Her recent comment to me, “Tennis has become not only a source of competitive exercise for me, but also a way of making friends who have become like sisters”, speaks volumes to how tennis became an integrated part of Beth’s life and she a part of our lives.


Beth earned two bachelor’s degrees at Penn State, the first in Exercise Physiology and the second in Elementary Education, a natural born educator by trade.  She taught 5th and 6th grade elementary school while raising three children of her own. When her youngest child entered school, she decided to join some friends at Paper Mill Park for tennis lessons, thus beginning her journey into the tennis world. A journey that has touched many lives.


Beth loves volunteering with children and was able to join her passion of teaching and of playing tennis. She instructs at Rodney Street Tennis & Tutoring Association in Wilmington. This program lends itself to health, educational support and of course tennis, whose focus is to benefit the underserved community.


Beth still continues to coach St. Marks High School in Delaware, which she has done since 2015. She enlisted the help of the USTA to supply students with tennis racquets and also secured courts at Banning Park through the county. Beth made arrangements to insure all students had safe transportation to and from practice and matches.


As Beth’s prowess in tennis increased, Beth became the captain of her USTA team. When Beth’s team competed in the 2016 Nationals in Palm Springs, California; her lineup included every team member that made the journey. Beth insisted that everyone that made that trip was able to experience a national tennis competition. This dedication to her team speaks deeply to the loyalty, fairness, respect and defines the stature of Beth Hyland. Theresa Moore says “Beth’s actions speak louder than words and that is really saying something! She has been my USTA Captain for 12 years and a dear friend for 15 years. She’s a strong leader who keeps us organized. It wouldn’t be tennis without Beth at the Helm”.


These are but a few of the reasons Beth won the 2016 Tom Ellis Award. Beth’s motto, “We all come home as friends”, is a life lesson for all, and yet another of the many reasons Beth Hyland is truly someone you should know.