Henry Honored By International Tennis Hall of Fame

Dee Henry recognized with educational merit award.

Mar. 24, 2016 By Neil Morgan

LA MIRADA, Calif. --- In early-March the International Tennis Hall of Fame honored Dee Henry, Biola Women's Tennis head coach, with its Tennis Educational Merit Award.
Henry was honored by the esteemed international organization for her outstanding achievement in serving the tennis community. The award was created in 1972 and recognizes coaches, teachers, players, administrators and others who are actively working to spread the sport of tennis.

"Coach Henry has had an incredible impact in the Southern California tennis community during her tenure as head coach and tennis director," said Dr. Bethany Miller, director of athletics. "She has a beautiful heart for serving the community and building relationships through the sport of tennis. We are very thankful for her contributions and the distinct way she demonstrates God's love toward others on and off the courts."

Henry definitely qualifies as one of those such individuals as she rises early each day to begin her work at the Biola Tennis Center and is often found around the courts until the clock ticks close to the 10 o'clock hour.
In addition to her duties as coach of Biola's varsity team Henry shows her servant's heart by running several high profile community tennis functions as the director of the Biola Tennis Center. Her heart of service is evident in her commitment to the various communities she serves and dedication to constantly teaching the fundamentals of the game and emphasizing character in athletics.
One of her highest areas of impact has been in the world of wheelchair tennis. She's created a space for the active advancement of the wheelchair tennis community here in the heart of Southern California.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame describes the award it presented to Henry as and award sponsored by the ITHF that is presented to citizens or residents of the U.S. who have made notable contributions in the tennis education field. It goes to one male and one female recipient each year that has demonstrated leadership and creative skills in such areas as instruction, writing, organization and promotion of the game of tennis.

Henry's commitment to her service is illustrated in just about all she does, even boiling down to the way she signs off on every email, "Here to SERVE."
For more information on Henry and her career at Biola visit http://athletics.biola.edu/coaches.aspx?rc=502&path=wten.

For more information on the International Tennis Hall of Fame visit https://www.tennisfame.com/.


  • Holly Reyes Apr. 4, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Way to go Coach Henry !!! You deserve this award and Many More for your Amazing Lifelong Dedication to Biola and to the sport of TENNIS. My children all learned to play in NJTA and are better people for the skills and sportsmanship they were taught. THANKS Coach for being an amazing person, mentor, teacher and friend!

  • Liz Sourisseau Apr. 28, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    What an inspiration Coach Henry "Dee" was to me in my two years at Biola! I worked part-time at the tennis center and she made me feel so welcomed and "a part of things" at Biola when away from my friends, family and community in Canada. Her heart-felt concern and love for others was a natural by-product of who she was and what she believed. Thank-you Dee! Liz (Vancouver, Canada). P.S. I am still playing😊

  • Rolland Esslinger Apr. 29, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Mrs. Henry was my teacher in the PE department back in the late 70s and early 80s. She was always fun to be around and I always knew that she cared about me while she taught. I congratulate Mrs. Henry for all these years of dedication and commitment! She is a great lady!

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