Health and Wellness

NFL player talks mental health with RE upper schoolers

Former National Football League player Jon Beason gave RE upper school students tips on striving for success and managing mental health during a May 9 assembly at the Lewis Family Auditorium. Beason, who was a first-round draft pick out of the University of Miami in 2007, answered questions on the auditorium stage posed by Michael Kaye '24, an officer on the Student Wellness Board and Council who arranged for Beason's visit to RE. Beason encouraged students to commit, prepare and do extra to achieve their dreams.
Beason, who graduated from Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School in Hollywood, Fla., credited his mother for inspiring him to succeed. At one point during his time with the New York Giants, he was the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. He noted that, when he played, the words "mental health" were rarely used in society.

My mother "doesn't have some great career to be like, 'Oh, I did this for 30 years,'" he said. "She was the CEO/executive of raising her two sons. My success is her success. She is easily my most motivating factor."

Beason was introduced by Lee Kaplan, a director and professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He posed for photos after the event with Kaye, Kaplan, Interim Head of School Rachel Rodriguez, COO and Interim Head of the Upper School David Clark '86 and Dean of the Senior Class Roger Caron. Caron and Clark are also former football players who had stints in the NFL.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.