Anthony Beverley

Anthony Beverley doesn’t know why he ran toward the burning RV near the Sam’s Club, he just knew he had to help. He said if he thought about it, he might not have. But Carol and Joel Siskovik will be eternally grateful. With flames shooting out of their RV and smoke and fire swallowing up the interior quickly, they couldn’t get to the side door and escape. Anthony pulled them both out just before the RV became engulfed in flames. Anthony saved their lives. It’s an unusual way to start a friendship, but after that fateful day the couple and the Beverley family became close friends. Ironically, Carol taught at Jay High School and Carol and Joel reside in the same neighborhood as Anthony and his family.

Anthony is a true Northside product. He attended Meadow Village Elementary School, Jones Middle School and is a proud graduate of Jay High School, where he excelled as an athlete. At Southern Methodist University, he acquired a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology while playing football. Anthony is humble about his time on the field, but at Jay High School he was a star running back and linebacker, and he helped lead the SMU Mustangs to an undefeated season as a defensive outside linebacker. He broke the all-time SMU career sack record and held it for 20 years. He was named All-Southwest Conference linebacker twice and an All-American athlete.

Today, Anthony is Executive Director of Discovering America’s 58, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping underserved youth connect with nature and discover this country’s national parks. When his children were 14, 12 and 10 years of age they lived in an RV for a year, home schooling the children and visiting all the national parks in the contiguous United States. He believes there is something special about being out in nature sharing the wonder of America’s national parks with kids. He is the proud father of Anthony II, Justice and Kendall, all graduates of Marshall High School.

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Pillar of...: 
Citizenship
School: 
Jay High School
Year: 
2018
Class of ...: 
1981