Kelvin Beachum

NFL Player and STEM Advocate, New York Jets
Batter Up: The Science of Sports
Friday, May 26, 2017 | 9:45 am - 10:45 am

Kelvin Beachum, a Mexia Texas native, graduated from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 2010 with a BA in Economics and a minor in Sports Management. In 2012, he completed a Master of Liberal Studies in Organizational Dynamics and delivered the commencement address for the Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Beachum was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012, where he served as the starting left tackle. He signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars during free agency in March 2016, and currently plays for the New York Jets.  In addition to his commitments with the NFL, Beachum is known for his dedication to helping young people, especially minority and disadvantaged youth, develop the habits and skills for success. He has a special focus on encouraging minority youth to engage STEM-centric disciplines and STEM careers, especially in robotics, mechanical engineering, computer programming, coding, and aviation. In addition, Beachum is a professional speaker in both the university and corporate markets. With outstanding interactive programs in Effective Leadership and Diversity/Inclusion, Beachum does both training programs and keynotes that powerfully engage audiences and create substantial post-program ROI.

Beachum sits on the Executive Board for the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at SMU and is a member of the SMU Diversity Council within the Lyle School of Engineering. He is an alternate union rep for the NFLPA and a member of the NFLPA Brand Ambassador Program. In December 2016, it was announced that Beachum was a member of the advisory board for the OneTeam Collective, a groundbreaking, athlete-driven business accelerator for innovative companies seeking to incorporate sports strategies to drive growth.

A man of strong faith, Beachum is devoted to glorifying God with everything he does and uses his time and influence to encourage others, especially young people, by advocating education, faithful devotion and being of service to others. Beachum resides in Arizona with his wife, Jessica, and their young daughter, Kalena.