Brooke de Lench

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Brooke Cranston de Lench (born February 15, 1952) an American youth sports and athlete safety, welfare and rights advocate, author, documentary filmmaker, public speaker, and journalist. Founding Executive Director of the non-profit MomsTeam Youth Sports Safety Institute, Inc., Founder/Publisher of the website,, author: Home Team Advantage: The Critical Role of Mothers in Youth Sports (Harper Perennial),[1] Producer/Director of documentary, The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer (PBS).[2] She is a leading concussion educator and considered the "pioneer"[3] in educating youth sports parents about concussion risk reduction and managing sports-related concussions. Spokesperson for greater inclusiveness, equality and safety of the whole athletic child in sports for children k-college, [4] Encourages families to discuss the value of sports in a young person's life and weigh the time investment and risks of injury against the benefits.[5] Reform in the way sports are taught,[6][7] better education about the dangers of concussion,[8][9] and ways to use technology [10] to monitor for potential concussions.

A member of the International Safeguards for Children in Sport (UNICEF) coalition.

de Lench a frequent guest on local and national broadcast and cable television and radio, including appearances on the Today Show, The Early Show, ESPN’s Outside the Lines, ESPN Radio, talk radio, and NPR. She is quoted regularly in the print and broadcast media, including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Newsday, Time Magazine, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Magazine, and Reader’s Digest. She is also a frequent contributor on youth sports parenting and safety topics to the op-ed pages of major newspapers, including the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun. de Lench is a frequent speaker on the health and safety of young athletes: Aspen Institute’s November 9, 2012 roundtable on safety risks in youth football, at a national summit in Washington, D.C.,on protecting child athletes from sexual abuse co-sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Cal Ripken, Jr. Foundation, April 14, 2013, at a youth sports health and safety summit sponsored by the University of Tennessee. Panelist; concussion summit at the United Nations, at a youth sports concussion summit hosted by former United States Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher, in Washington, DC, and at a sports law and technology symposium at the University of Maryland Francis Carey School of Law. Keynotes; National Summit on Sports Concussion, National Recreation and Park Association Conference, USTA Annual Meeting (2010), AYSO Annual Convention, one of the inaugural eighteen members of a two-year National Youth Sports Safety initiative chaired by David Satcher MD, the 16th Surgeon General of the United States.

de Lench is the founder and publisher of (established 2000), an online resource providing health and safety, nutrition, hydration and parenting information to youth sports parents. Good Housekeeping magazine selected the website as one of the top of its kind, and it has been called the “pioneer” in youth sports concussion education.[11][12]

Teams of Angels

In 2003, de Lench established a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, Teams of Angels, to support the families of children who have died or were catastrophically injured playing youth sports.[13][14]

MomsTEAM Youth Sports Safety Institute

In 2013, de Lench founded the non-profit MomsTEAM Institute,[15] which in 2014 hosted a youth sports health and safety summit at Harvard Medical School entitled “SmartTeams Play Safe” [16][17] at which youth sports health, safety and nutrition experts from around the country made presentations about health and safety best practices. In 2014, the Institute began a project called SmartTeams to institute best youth sports health and safety practices and test new technology, such as impact sensors designed to help identify athletes who may have suffered concussions.[3][18] The program is slated for nationwide roll-out in 2015.[19][20]

The Smartest Team Film

In 2013, de Lench directed and independently produced an hour-long PBS documentary film, The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer (PBS),[21][22] about implementation of a concussion risk reduction and management program de Lench developed in collaboration with a team of experts for the Newcastle, Oklahoma high school football team.[23][24]

Personal life

De Lench was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts and was raised in Duxbury, Massachusetts and Stratton Mountain, Vermont. She was a three-sport high school athlete[25] and a two sport athlete (lacrosse and squash) and a tournament squash player post-college. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts and is the mother of triplet sons.[26]


  1. de Lench, Brooke (2006). Home Team Advantage: The Critical Role of Mothers in Youth Sports New York. New York: Harper. ISBN 0060881631. 
  2. "The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Dr. Robert Cantu Praises MomsTeam's Education of Youth Sports Parents On Concussion Dangers". Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  4. De Lench, Brooke (10 December 2006). "Let Everybody Play". Washington Post. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  5. Rayworth, Melissa (4 October 2013). "Non-athletic parents may have best advantage with sports-minded kids". (MassLive LLC). Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  6. "Some Youth Football Coaches Say Sport Unfairly Maligned". WGBH. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  7. de Lench, Brooke (6 March 2014). "Protect children in youth sports". (Baltimore Sun). Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  8. "MomsTeam's Brooke de Lench to take part in concussion initiative". NFL Evolution (National Football League). 24 January 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  9. "Safety Risks in Youth Football, Part 2". (C-Span). 9 November 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  10. "Too Safe To Certify: Concussion Sensors, Product Standards and NOSCAE's Collusive Motives," University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law's Journal of Business & Technology Law, December 2, 2014].
  11. Singer, Jen (14 November 2008). "Three websites for sports parents". Good Housekeeping. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  12. Shellenbarger, Sue Shellenbarger (21 July 2010). "Kids Quit the Team for More Family Time". (Wall Street Journal). Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  13. Boone, Lisa (31 May 2013). "Youth sports: Figuring out if your child is safe, tired of it". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  14. "Summary for: TEAMS OF ANGELS, INC.". Massachusetts State. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  15. "NFL Marketing To Moms". ESPN.go. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  16. "The @MomsTeam Summit in Boston #PlaySmart". Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  17. Schwartz, Jessica. "My Experience at the Inaugural MomsTeam Institute Youth Sports Safety Summit at Harvard Medical School September 15, 2014". Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  18. Hohler, Bob (29 December 2013). "The concussion doctor’s tangled interests". (Boston Globe). Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  19. "UT Arlington professor chosen for national youth sport safety pilot program". News Center (University of Texas at Arlington). 15 September 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  20. "Concussion sensors aim to help young football players". Today (NBC). 17 September 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  21. Klein, Jeff (4 October 2014). "Canadian District Goes to School on Concussions". (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  22. "The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer". KPBS. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  23. "The Smartest Team". WGBH. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  24. Moffie, Jonathan. "Jonathan Moffie, CUNY Sports Report co-founder and current SI Now producer , sits down for a Q&A session with The Smartest Team". City University of New York. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  25. Ducharme, Jamie (24 September 2014). "Concord Resident Speaks Out on Youth Sports Safety". (Bosston Magazine). Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  26. Sullivan, James (24 October 2014). "Concerns bubble up as more young athletes specialize earlier". (Boston Globe). Retrieved 17 November 2014. 

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