St. John’s Episcopal School is excited to announce the September 2017 dedication of its new Konrad A. Reuland Memorial Field, a state-of-the-art turf athletics field which will further support the athletics program and physical education curriculum enjoyed by our students.
A St. John’s alumnus from the class of 2001, and a former National Football League player, Konrad Reuland passed away unexpectedly December 12, 2016 of a brain aneurysm. Having chosen to become an organ donor earlier that year, Konrad’s organs were donated, turning one family’s tragedy into life-saving gifts for several others. For one family, this meant that their Baseball Hall of Fame husband and father, received the heart and kidney he so desperately needed.
Through a series of coincidences that the recipient’s wife has characterized as “God winks,” Rod Carew’s family learned that his new heart came from a man whom he had previously met. It turns out, Rod Carew’s children and Konrad were schoolmates at St. John’s. During their time as students, Konrad had the opportunity to meet the retired baseball player, a thrilling experience for the athletic 6th grader. Having uncovered this miraculous connection, the Reuland and Carew families have come together to promote organ donation.
Following his graduation from St. John’s, Konrad went on to play competitive basketball at Mater Dei, and later played football at Mission Viejo High School. After high school, he played college football at both Notre Dame and Stanford, before joining the elite ranks of the NFL, playing for the San Francisco 49ers, the Indianapolis Colts, the New York Jets, and ultimately the Baltimore Ravens.
Konrad’s legacy of kindness and selflessness will be memorialized in the naming of St. John’s new athletics field, honoring his generosity of spirit and inspiring our students. The dedication ceremony for the Konrad A. Reuland Memorial Field will take place in early September, at the launch of our school year and football season.
Friends, family, and fans of Konrad are encouraged to attend this dedication ceremony. To receive updates and an invitation, please click on the button below.
Thanks to the generosity of more than 30 donors, St. John’s has already raised two-thirds of the funding necessary to open the Konrad A. Reuland Memorial Field in time for the start of our 2017-2018 school year. Please help us complete funding through a donation by clicking on the button at the bottom of the page.
Our students, both current and long since graduated, are a part of our family—the friendships formed here bond us together, building relationships and resulting in a robust, supportive community. On behalf of our St. John’s scholar athletes, we are deeply grateful for your commitment to this project.
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