Eric Karros To Headline MB/X SymposiumMay 13, 2016 09:20AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
This year’s theme is in keeping with Mira Costa’s overarching goal of reducing student stress. For many teenagers, extracurricular activities, including sports and academic activities, are an important, but often stressful, part of their lives.
The May 19 event will focus on the emotional well-being of students, and how that is reflected in their performance and satisfaction in their sports and activities as well as in the classroom.
Karros will open the evening as the keynote speaker alongside his daughter, Mikah Maly-Karros, a former Division 1 athlete who is currently a marriage and family therapist. Other speakers include Dr. Steve Gautreau, chiropractor and owner of LA Sports Performance Care and Dr. Jacob Insler, a performance, sports and child psychology specialist.
"We approached Eric Karros because he is a parent in our community and has been involved with sports at a very high level, as has his daughter," said Jennifer Williams, executive director of MB/X Foundation. "He understands the stresses that come with doing an extracurricular activity, be it sports or another activity at a high level. He also has first hand experience in raising children in this environment. Dr. Insler and Dr. Gautreau also have experienced the effects both emotional and physical of participating in sports and other activities at a high level."
The MB/X Symposium was originated by Gary Wayland, president of MB/X Foundation, and Ed McKeegan, past president of the MB/X Advisory Board (representing Mira Costa High School’s 39 booster organizations) bringing together parents, students and community members to discuss topics relevant to the health and well-being of Mira Costa’s students and athletes.
The event is free, but attendees are encouraged to RSVP. The venue has a capacity of 300.
"It's nice to attend these kind of events with friends and/or parents," said Williams. "That allows the conversation to continue beyond this speaker and brings friends and the parent community together."