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Avery Burton Foundation Founder Reggie Burton A Panelist

At ‘Beyond the Game: Tackling Mental Health” Event Scheduled During Super Bowl LVII Weekend

A panel discussion titled “Tackling Mental Health” featuring selected health experts will take place Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Dr. William U. Pearson Community Center, 1625 W. Carey Ave., North Las Vegas, NV.                      

The event is taking place during the 2024 Super Bowl LVII Weekend to help dispel misconceptions about mental health and highlight key concerns of former NFL athletes and mental health experts. The event is FREE and open to the public.

Avery Burton Foundation Founder Reggie Burton will be part of a panel discussion to address the stigma surrounding mental health in professional sports. The panel will discuss proactive solutions to address mental health awareness and programs offered by the NFL.

“I look forward to contributing to this important conversation on mental health,” said Burton, an NFL PR Alumni and founder of RB Group-Public Relations, working with professional sports teams including the Las Vegas Raiders, Vegas Golden Knights, and NBA G League Ignite. “The Super Bowl is a major achievement for the players and staff from both teams, but we can’t overlook the dangers of mental health away from the field.”

Burton will be joined by panel moderator Punam Mathur, Executive Director of the Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation, and Co-Chair of the Super Bowl LVII Subcommittee Sponsorship. Featured panelists will also include; William McCurdy II, Clark County Commission Vice Chairman, District D; Dr. Alicia Whittington, PhD, MPH, Co-Director of the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University; Dr. Sheldon A. Jacobs, PSYD, Sports Mental Health Consultant; Joe Briggs, ESQ, former senior counsel of the NFLPA and Jody Marshall, LCPC, LCSDC-S, Director of the Community Counseling Center (CCC) in Nevada.

 The Simply Food Truck, a premier destination for plant-based culinary foods, will be catering the event.

 The panel will discuss:

  • Dispelling misconceptions about mental health in professional sports
  • Highlighting the challenges and journeys of former NFL athletes
  • Showcasing proactive solutions and programs offered by the League
  • Strategies for life beyond the game
  • Wellness and plant-powered lifestyles nourish the body and soul.

The Avery Burton Foundation (ABF) is a non-profit 501c.3 was created to reduce the stigma around mental health through mental health outreach and education.

            ABF was founded by Reggie Burton and his family to honor his son, Avery Rashawn Burton, who two months after graduating from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) suffered a major depressive episode and took his life in July 2017 at age 22. He had just received his degree in May 2017 in Kinesiological Science and planned to pursue a doctoral degree in physical therapy at UNLV.

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