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There will be times in our lives that we have an opportunity to listen to a motivational speaker whose story is so powerful that it leaves an indelible impression to last a lifetime. JK Parker and Brooke de Lench

Recently, I had that opportunity when I heard John “JK” Parker speak to a high school football team in Oklahoma with which MomsTEAM is working to develop a concussion management program.

There will be times in our lives that we have an opportunity to listen to a motivational speaker whose story is so powerful that it leaves an indelible impression to last a lifetime. Recently, I had that opportunity when I heard John “JK” Parker speak to a high school football team in Oklahoma about how the use of performance enhancing drugs deprived him of a chance at NFL stardom.

June is Sports Dads Month: MomsTEAM So Declares!


Are you a dad with kids in sports? If so, you may be feeling a little left out lately.  Not only did MomsTEAM celebrate May as Sports Moms Month, but Proctor and Gamble also launched their "Thank You Mom" campaign last month, with no companion campaign for dads.

We kept getting asked, would MomsTEAM give men equal time by designating June as Sports Dads Month, especially since we have so many male experts, bloggers and visitors? June Is Sports Dads Month

The answer is a resounding YES!

May was Sports Moms Month. What about June? No surprise: it's time to officially announce that MomsTEAM has designated June as Sports Dads Month. We so declare!

Praise For MomsTEAM Is Nice, But The Fight To Make Youth Sports Safer Isn't Over

As readers of this space well know, MomsTEAM and I have long advocated that the best way to help keep our kids playing interscholastic sports is for schools to hire certified athletic trainers (ATs). 

Years before sport concussions took over as the predominant youth sports safety issue of the 21st centry, we were highlighting the critical and unique role that ATs play in recognizing, evaluating and managing concussions.

Knowing that MomsTEAM's long advocacy for more certified athletic trainers in the nation's schools, and a powerful video explaining just why ATs are so critical to youth sports safety, are making a difference is not only gratifying, but with only 42% of high schools in the country having access to ATs, MomsTEAM's work is far from done.

Laurie Wolfe America's Most Inspirational Mom BGCA Contest Winner

Recently, MomsTEAM founder Brooke de Lench had the opportunity to interview Laurie Wolfe, the winner of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's “America’s Most Inspirational Mom” contest, about how her local club's Family Plus program has provided her the support system she needs to allow her her kids can play sports.

 

 

MomsTEAM founder Brooke de Lench interviews Laurie Wolfe, the winner of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's “America’s Most Inspirational Mom” contest, about how her local club has provided the support she needed as a single mom to allow her kids a chance to play sports.

Brooke de Lench (MomsTEAM founder): Proud of Role Moms Have Played In Making Youth Sports Safer

Being the mother of an athlete is a challenging yet rewarding role.  So momsTEAM has designated May as Sports Moms Month and is celebrating by asking some of our favorite sports moms to share their wisdom by responding to a series of questions. 

So far this month we have heard from a fascinating range of sports moms, from a mom of an Olympic athlete to moms who were themselves Olympic athletes, from a mom of two former minor league baseball players to a Minnesota hockey mom and author.

For Mother's Day, we hear from MomsTEAM's founder and publisher, Brooke de Lench:

On Mother's Day, the founder and publisher of MomsTEAM pauses to reflect on the role she and mothers everywhere have played in making sports safer for the nation's children.

May Is Sports Moms Month!

 

Ask the average person what special day is celebrated in May, and most will say Mother's Day. 

Ask sports fans who athletes most often thank when they are interviewed on television, and most are likely to say their moms. 

Now ask someone in what month does the country celebrate National Sports Moms Month, and I bet you would be met with a lot of quizzical looks.  May Is Soorts Moms Month

Fact is that, up until now, there hasn't been such a month, at least one that I could find (although I bet that, push came to shove, loyal readers of momsTEAM might guess May).

Up to now there has been no National Sports Moms Month. Today, that all changes.  Who better to designate May as Sports Moms Month than momsTEAM? For the entire month of May, we will be honoring and celebrating sports moms everywhere with a new blog each day from a veteran sports mom. Let the blogging begin! 

Banning Sale Of Single-Serve Water Bottles: Will Concord's Law Be Second Shot Heard Round The World?

Two nights ago, I played a small part in making history, and, hopefully, in starting a new revolution.

Concord, Massachusetts, the town where I have lived for the past twenty-five years and where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired in 1775, voted at our annual town meeting to approve Warrant Article 32 banning the sale, after January 1, 2013, of non-sparkling, unflavorMinuteman Statue Concord MAed water in single-serving (e.g. 34 ounces/1 liter or less) plastic bottles.  

That my home town of Concord, Massachusetts voted to ban the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles may not rival the original "shot heard ‘round the world" at the Old North Bridge on April 19, 1775, but it may have sounded a clarion call to environmental arms.

Sports Parents Asking Tough Questions: Are They Troublemakers?

This past weekend,  the Hey Coach Tony show on a local Connecticut radio station devoted an entire hour to discussing one of MomsTeam's most popular  articles: the one listing questions to ask youth sports coaches at the pre-season meeting with parents. 

In case you don't know about Coach Tony, he is what I would call a "guy's guy": a tough-talking "shock jock"-type of radio host who tends to shoot from the hip, and with a reputation for disdaining political correctness and for using outdated terms for people he doesn't like (I cringed while listening to an earlier show when he used the word "retarded" and "retard' more than a dozen times to describe a person he did not care for). 

This past weekend,  the Hey Coach Tony show on ESPN Radio devoted an entire hour to discussing one of MomsTeam's most popular  articles: the one listing questions for parents to ask at a pre-season meeting.  Particularly instructive was the way he chose to end his show: with an email from a listener saying that parents who ask questions will be labeled as troublemakers.

NFL's Super Bowl Ad Obscured Reality

Most of the buzz about the commercials that aired during this Sunday's Super Bowl was about the Chrysler ad featuring Clint Eastwood, but, for me, the one commercial I won't forget was the 60-second spot by the N.F.L. at the end of the third quarter touting the league's progress since its founding to make the game safer.

The N.F.L.'s Super Bowl commercial touting the league's progress since its founding to make the game safer obscured the reality that league has not done enough to protect its current players from the dangers of head injuries and left too many of its former players struggling in retirement with symptoms of early dementia, depression, and thoughts of suicide.

What Landon Collins' Mother Understood That Her Son Didn't Say

The video clip of Landon Collins went viral almost instantly, not to mention setting the blog- and Twitter-sphere ablaze.

There was the nation's top ranked high school safety announcing his decision to attend the University of Alabama during the Under Armour All-America Game three weeks ago, while his mom, April Justin, looked on with a pained expression on her face, shaking her head in disapproval of his choice.

The video of April Justin's disappointment when her son Landon Collins announced his decision to attend the University of Alabama to play football has provoked a mostly negative reaction in the blog- and Twitter-sphere, but perhaps, says Brooke de Lench, there is another side to the story, one which explains why she reacted the way she did.
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