Preparing Boys for Life

Best for Boys Speaker Series on Oct. 21: former NFL player and MIT Ph.D. candidate John Urschel

John Urschel, former offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens and a Ph.D. candidate at MIT, will be the presenter of The Haverford School's Best for Boys Speaker Series on Monday, Oct. 21.

Urschel will discuss his time as a football player and his journey to becoming a mathematician. He will touch on the importance of a balance between athletics and academics, the power of education, and the importance of mathematics in today's world. The event is free and open to the public. It will include a book signing of Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football. Please register at

Urschel holds a bachelor's and master's degree in mathematics from Penn State, and in 2013, he won the Sullivan Award, given to "the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States," as well as the Campbell Trophy, awarded to the country's top scholar-athlete in college football.

The Haverford School's Best for Boys speaker series invites the community to learn about topics and practices that help foster the social, emotional, and academic growth of young boys.