Brooke de Lench is the author of HOME TEAM ADVANTAGE: The Critical Role of Mothers in Youth Sports (HarperCollins), the Founder and Publisher of MomsTeam.com®: The Trusted Source for Sports Parents, now in its 14th year of providing sports parents with information on a wide array of youth sports topics, from health, safety and nutrition to the psychology of parenting a young athlete, from ways in which parents can make youth sports less focused on winning games and more about having fun, to skill development and working towards providing every child a place to play.
Recognized as a visionary thought leader in youth sports safety and a pioneer in concussion education, Brooke is the Executive Producer/Creator of the critically acclaimed 2013 documentary on concussions in high school football, "The Smartest Team: Making High School Football Safer", now airing on selected PBS stations across the country through early 2014
She is a sought-after lecturer and keynote speaker on a wide range of youth sport parenting topics, including abuse prevention in youth sports, concussion risk management, and youth sports injury prevention. She consults with schools, sports leagues and national organizations on policy development and strategies for making sports programs safer.
In 2002, Brooke established Teams of Angels, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supporting private foundations created by families whose children have died or been catastrophically injured while playing sports. In 2003, she spearheaded Teams of Angels' successful "Save a Child's Life - An AED For Every Team" campaign which raised funds to supply automatic external defibrillators to teams across the country. She continues to provide support for and consult with families of youth athletes who have suffered catastrophic injury or death playing sports.
A veteran of more than 300 live television appearances, Brooke has appeared on all the major television networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox), as well as The Today Show, CBS Morning Show, and appeared in three documentaries on youth sports, which aired on ESPN, HBO and A&E respectively.
Quoted frequently in the print press, including Time, Reader's Digest, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Washington Post , Brooke's opinion pieces have appeared on the op-ed pages of major newspapers nationwide, including The Washington Post and Long Island Newsday.
Most recently, Brooke was invited to participate in two symposiums in Washington, D.C., the first an Aspen Institute 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," and the second symposium on preventing sexual abuse in youth sports organized by the Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She is also a regular participant at the annual NFL-USA Football Health and Safety roundtable, and has consulted with the NFL/USA Football on how to make youth/ high school football safer since 2009.
Brooke has served as a spokesperson for major national brands such as Gatorade, Shock Doctor, Addidas, Boiron Pharmaceuticals, and others.
A former high school and college athlete, ranked squash player, soccer coach and administrator, Brooke is the mother of triplet sons and lives in the Boston area. She can be reached by email at delench@MomsTEAM.com