Executive Director: MomsTeam Institute, Inc, Producer: The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer (PBS)
Brooke de Lench is the producer/Creator of “The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer,” (PBS), author of “Home Team Advantage: The Critical Role of Mothers in Youth Sports” (Harper Collins), Executive Director of MomsTeam Institute, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, a child athlete rights and sports safety watchdog and advocacy organization. De Lench is also an active child athlete rights and safety consultant for schools, sports leagues and national organizations on policy development and strategies for making sports programs safer. A founding coalition member: UNICEF International Safeguards of Children in Sports.
<p> Also the Founder Publisher of MomsTEAM.com, launched in 2000 as a trusted resource of health, safety, nutrition, and parenting information for sports parents, coaches, and the medical community. Since launching its pioneering Concussion Safety Center in 2001, MomsTEAM has been a leader in providing comprehensive concussion education and practical advice on ways to reduce concussion risk and properly manage them when they occur. Now the award winning concussion program Smart Teams Play Safe is the pioneer program on the Institute and can be visited at www.concussions.Smart-Teams.org </p>
<p> Brooke is a sought-after consultant and public speaker on a wide variety of youth sports safety issues, especially preventing abuse of all kinds in youth sports. She was recently invited by the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport in Monte Carlo, Monaco to present “Reducing the Risk of Concussions in Young Athletes by Implementing Evidence-Based Principles: What Is the Winning Blueprint”? </p>
<p> De Lench was a founding member of the National Council on Youth Sports Safety, a two-year initiative to share ways to prevent the incidence of catastrophic injuries in youth athletes, spearheaded by former United States Surgeon General, David Satcher, MD. Brooke was one of three female participants at a recent Aspen Institute Sports and Society roundtable at which three dozen thought leaders considered the question: "How can football best serve the interests of children, communities and public health?" at a symposium titled: "Playing Safety: The Future of Youth Football.” She was also a speaker at number of recent symposiums; for example; preventing sexual abuse in youth sports organized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington, D.C. </p>
<p> A regular participant at the annual NFL-USA Football Health and Safety roundtable, Ms. de Lench has consulted with the NFL/USA Football on how to make youth/ high school football safer since 2009. </p>
<p> Ms. de Lench is veteran of more than 300 live television appearances, has appeared on all the major television networks, and is quoted frequently in the print press, including Time, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Washington Post. Her opinion pieces have appeared on the op-ed pages of major newspapers nationwide, including The Washington Post and Long Island Newsday.</p>
<p> The mother of triplet sons, Ms. de Lench is a native New Englander and lives in the Boston area and is an avid kayak paddler, skier, hiker, cyclist and Pilate enthusiast. </p>