Former NFL player writes children’s book
Tavon Mason hangs up cleats, starts foundation
Ruth Young Tyler | 9/9/2016, 6 a.m.
Tavon Mason, a former National Football League wide receiver for the New York Jets hung up his cleats and embraced a new position. In stark contrast to his former position on the field, Mason is now the author of a children’s book.
Mason is also CEO and Founder of Tavon Mason Loves the Kids Foundation, which focuses on promoting health, physical fitness and education.
Mason’s first children’s book in cooperation with Ashlee Henderson titled, “Tavon Does it All,” debuted in December 2015. The book is now featured in 20 Enoch Pratt Free Libraries throughout Baltimore City. Already featured in the Towson Public Library, the book will be featured in all Baltimore County locations later this year.
The inspiring children’s story is a mix of fiction and non-fiction infused with autobiographical undertones. The main character is a third grader named Tavon who aspires to be a professional athlete. The story features a ‘talking’ report card and a pair of ‘talking’ slippers requesting to be donated to children who are in the hospital.
After retiring from two seasons in the NFL and one season with the Baltimore Mariners in the indoor league, Mason continued his quest to make an impact on the lives of youth and young adults across the region.
On and off the football field, Mason challenges others to reach their potential. “Dare to be great,” he said. During his book tour, Mason encourages children and adults to,“Believe, succeed and reach for the stars. Only you can stop your dreams from being real.”
The Baltimore native graduated from Woodlawn High School in 1998 and accepted a full athletic scholarship to attend the University of Virginia. Currently, he serves as an assistant football coach at Stevenson University and a para-educator with Baltimore County Public Schools.
This year, Mason has participated in a variety of community events including, the annual East Coast Slipper Drive, Liberty Parks and Recreation Sports Fit Day, Back to School Drive at Leonard Hicks Community Drive and the annual summer reading initiative with Baltimore City and Baltimore County libraries.
For more information about Tavon Mason, his foundation and his local appearances, visit: www.tavonmasonlovesthekids.org