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Dr. Odette Harris is the current Director of Brain Injury for Stanford Medical Center, where she focuses on implementing treatment algorithms to help patients with brain trauma attain a better functional outcome. She additionally serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Healthcare System, holding responsibility for clinical, research, and educational efforts throughout the Polytrauma System of Care, Spinal Cord Injury, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation programs.

Dr. Harris is not only an incredible neurosurgeon, but also a change maker in the field of STEM. She is the first African American female to be appointed to tenure as a Professor of Neurosurgery in the United States and Stanford’s second female Professor of Neurosurgery. A University of California study highlighted in the Harvard Business Review found that women and people of color are 30% less likely to be given “glamour tasks” at work and are often asked to do the “office household” tasks, meaning that attaining promotions becomes much harder. Harris comments on her experiences in the medical workplace where “…most of my male co-residents were taller than me. We would go into a room, and the patients would talk literally right over my head, physically and figuratively.” On discussing how to change the workplace dynamic, Harris comments:

“I believe that hope has to be coupled with opportunity. We can’t just rest on hope. We can’t just say, ‘This is getting better. Things are getting better.’ We all have a responsibility to continue to make sure that those accomplishments and achievements continue and that there’s opportunity for people.”

Dr. Harris’ resilience and dedication to her field is truly inspiring. As the Site Director and Principal Investigator of the Defense Veterans and Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), she takes on multiple administrative and educative roles to ensure that Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are evaluated and treated properly. TeachAids is grateful to have support from such an experienced and passionate neurosurgeon. We are looking forward to learning from Dr. Harris and having her help making an impact in the world of head traumas.

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After a decorated career as an American pro-football player, Matt Birk has transitioned successfully from the NFL to entrepreneurship and philanthropy. We are so grateful that he is now also providing his expertise as a TeachAids advisor.

Birk started playing football in high school and continued with college football at Harvard. When he was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 1998, he became the first Harvard Crimson to be chosen by the NFL since 1985. In his 10 years as a center for the Vikings, Birk earned 2 All-Pro titles and 6 Pro-Bowl selections. He signed a $12 million dollar contract with the Baltimore Ravens in 2009 and went on to win his first Super Bowl championship in 2012.

After retiring from professional football in 2013, Birk remained involved with the NFL by holding several roles in the NFL Leagues Office. At the same time, he focused on developing his own business. As the CEO and founder of Matt Birk and Company, he empowers individuals and organizations–such as 3M, Coca Cola, and Walmart–to be the best that they can be through consulting, speaking and coaching services.

Birk has always been deeply committed to his community, especially improving education. He founded the H.I.K.E. foundation in 2002 with the aim of “providing interactive programs and resources needed to guide a child though key educational transitions.” Referring to his community service, Birk said: “I’ve enjoyed playing football. But as much as playing football, I’ve enjoyed doing this”. The foundation launched the “Ready, Set, Read!” initiative in Baltimore, working with 100,000 Baltimore students on improving their literacy skills. This year, Birk co-founded a Catholic high school in Burnsville, Minnesota.

Birk’s incredible experiences as a 15-year NFL veteran, as well as his deep dedication to education, will bring valuable perspectives to TeachAids’ advisory team. TeachAids is excited to have Birk’s support in developing concussion education to help young, aspiring football players.

After a decorated career as an American pro-football player, Matt Birk has transitioned successfully from the NFL to entrepreneurship and philanthropy. We are so grateful that he is now also providing his expertise as a TeachAids advisor.

Birk started playing football in high school and continued with college football at Harvard. When he was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 1998, he became the first Harvard Crimson to be chosen by the NFL since 1985. In his 10 years as a center for the Vikings, Birk earned 2 All-Pro titles and 6 Pro-Bowl selections. He signed a $12 million dollar contract with the Baltimore Ravens in 2009 and went on to win his first Super Bowl championship in 2012.

After retiring from professional football in 2013, Birk remained involved with the NFL by holding several roles in the NFL Leagues Office. At the same time, he focused on developing his own business. As the CEO and founder of Matt Birk and Company, he empowers individuals and organizations–such as 3M, Coca Cola, and Walmart–to be the best that they can be through consulting, speaking and coaching services.

Birk has always been deeply committed to his community, especially improving education. He founded the H.I.K.E. foundation in 2002 with the aim of “providing interactive programs and resources needed to guide a child though key educational transitions.” Referring to his community service, Birk said: “I’ve enjoyed playing football. But as much as playing football, I’ve enjoyed doing this”. The foundation launched the “Ready, Set, Read!” initiative in Baltimore, working with 100,000 Baltimore students on improving their literacy skills. This year, Birk co-founded a Catholic high school in Burnsville, Minnesota.

Birk’s incredible experiences as a 15-year NFL veteran, as well as his deep dedication to education, will bring valuable perspectives to TeachAids’ advisory team. TeachAids is excited to have Birk’s support in developing concussion education to help young, aspiring football players.

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For California native Maggie Steffens, choosing water polo was a no-brainer. She played a variety of other sports as a child but water polo runs in her blood. Her father, too, was enamored by the sport after watching a match during his youth and ended up playing for UC Berkeley, leading them to the 1977 NCAA championship. Maggie Steffens and her siblings grew up with water polo balls floating in the pool, so it is no surprise that both she and her sister picked up the sport.

In her collegiate years, Maggie helped Stanford win three NCAA titles. During her senior season, she scored the winning goal against UCLA in the last nine seconds, clenching the NCAA title. She was named the MVP of the NCAA tournament in both 2015 and 2017. Even before her collegiate success, Steffens won eleven gold medals in the twelve FINA World Cups and FINA Super Finals she competed in between 2010 and 2016.

She has competed in both the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics, setting the world record for most goals scored (21) during the Olympics in women’s water polo. Moreover, she was named MVP of the tournament both years for her stunning performances.

Steffens mentions in an interview with Swimming World that “we love making history, we love being first—and the most important part of that is the culture and our teamwork.” She certainly is full of firsts. In 2018, she signed to play for Hungary’s UVSE, the most elite women’s team in the country. She recalls her experience playing Worlds in Hungary during an interview with the New York Times, commenting “There is a heartbeat for water polo here and I just love that.” Most recently, she co-founded 6-8 Sports, Inc., a youth performance analytic company that aims to help youth athletes maximize their game.

TeachAids is so happy to have such an accomplished and dedicated athlete as an ambassador, and we are looking forward to the impact we can make together.

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Dr. Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, has beyond earned himself a name in the tech industry. A Thomas More Storke Professor of Communication and Professor of Education and Symbolic Systems, Dr. Bailenson has published over 100 academic papers in his career and is a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Stanford. Now, he is extending his guidance and leadership to the CrashCourse advisory team.

Dr. Bailenson studies the psychology of virtual reality (VR) and how it can alter perceptions of self and others. He and his lab members build systems that create opportunities for virtual gatherings and analyze the social interactions that occur there. His latest work focuses on how VR can disrupt various fields such as education, environmentalism, empathy, and health.

Dr. Bailenson’s influence in society is as diverse as his research interests. He offers pro bono consulting on VR for government agencies such as the State Department, the US Senate and the California Supreme Court. He co-authored Infinite Reality, a book that was quoted by the Supreme Court for its exploration of the effects of immersive media. His most recent book Experience on Demand received positive reviews from major media publications, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

We are incredibly excited to welcome Dr. Jeremy Bailenson to the CrashCourse team. Dr. Bailenson’s expertise in VR has helped, and will continue to help, TeachAids create an unparalleled educational experience that can inspire the rising digital-native generation.

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Tara VanDerveer, the Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women’s Basketball, has established herself as one of the top coaches in women’s basketball history. With almost four decades of coaching under her belt and inductions to both the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (2002) and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2011), VanDerveer’s work for women’s basketball has become engraved in the game. This past week, the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame recognized Vanderveer as a 2019 inductee for her undeniable commitment to women’s basketball and impact she has had on the Bay Area athletic community.

VanDerveer is a four-time national coach of the year and 15-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year. She holds an impressive 1,036-242 (.811) record – the second most wins in collegiate women’s basketball history. In her 32 seasons, she has led Stanford to over 880 wins alone.

Under Coach VanDerveer’s leadership, Stanford has won two NCAA Championships, 22 Pac-12 regular-season titles, and 12 Pac-12 Tournaments. Before joining the Cardinal staff, she took Idaho to one AIAW Tournament appearance and Ohio State to a pair of NCAA Tournaments. The Big Ten named her Coach of the Year twice. VanDerveer has coached two Wade Trophy Players of the Year , two Naismith Players of the Year, and  18 Pac-12 Players of the Year. Nearly 40 of her players have been appointed to USA Basketball teams. She also coached of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team that brought home the Gold medal. Her book, Shooting From The Outside, tells the story of the 1996 Olympics and National Team experiences.

TeachAids is proud to have Coach VanDerveer as part of the CrashCourse advisory team, working together to improve the lives of youth athletes across the nation.

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We are so excited to announce that Dr. Gerald Grant has joined our advisory board as we continue to develop and distribute CrashCourse concussion education to youth across America.

Recognized as one of the world’s leading concussion experts, Dr. Grant received a B.S. degree in Neurosciences from Duke University and Medical Education from the Stanford University School of Medicine. After his Fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Dr. Grant enrolled in the United States Air Force and practiced as Chief of Neurosurgery at Lackland Air Force Base’s Wilford Hall Medical Center. Later, he was deployed as Chief of Neurosurgery to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, then to Balad Air Base in Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

During his time of service, Dr. Grant created the first prospective study in a combat zone to investigate blast concussive injury. He also provided medical treatment for wounded soldiers, civilians, and even terrorists under guard – many of which presented with never-before seen-injuries, earning the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and receiving a Meritorious Service Medal.

Most recently, Dr. Grant has joined the comprehensive Stanford Health Care Neurosciences Health Center, where he treats children with brain tumors, epilepsy, and trauma. He directs the Blood-brain Barrier Translational Laboratory in the Stanford Department of Neurosurgery, which aims to enhance drug delivery to brain tumors in children.

We are honored to have Dr. Grant on board as a CrashCourse advisor. His unique expertise in treating traumatic brain injury and exceptional commitment to children’s health will help to inform our evidence-based curriculum for youth athletes across the nation.

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She was a four-time All-American athlete and Pac-12 Player of the Century for Stanford University. She led the US National Women’s Soccer Team to two World Cup victories, captained the team for 13 years, and won two Olympic gold medals in Athens and Atlanta. From this alone, one would think Julie Foudy had an exceptional career.

But for her, that was only the beginning.

In 2000, Julie became the President of the Women’s Sports Foundation and served on its Board of Trustees for seven years. Her work honed in on Title IX issues, childhood obesity, and athletes’ rights. She also served on the board of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA).

Continuing her life of service, Foudy extended her work into advocating for women’s rights and child labor laws worldwide. Having served on the Commission on Title IX during the Bush administration, she was honored by the National Women’s Law Center for her promotion of women’s rights and equality. Foudy fought against the abuse of child labor, receiving a FIFA Fair Play Award for her efforts.

Nowadays, Foudy helps youth athletes develop leadership abilities of their own so they can someday make an impact in whichever domain they are passionate about. To achieve this, she founded the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy, a camp that teaches these leadership skills to youth, as well as the Julie Foudy Leadership Foundation, which provides resources to empower young women to be leaders in their communities.

When considering her numerous accolades, it comes as no surprise that Julie Foudy was inducted into the US National Soccer Hall of Fame and named as one of the 100 Most Influential NCAA Student-Athletes. This past weekend, Positive Coaching Alliance recognized Foudy with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In her pursuits, Foudy has demonstrated passion, persistence, and dedication to changing the sports culture for the better.

TeachAids is so pleased to have Julie Foudy on the team as an Ambassador, and we are thrilled to work together towards empowering youth athletes to perform at their best.

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Starting today, Doak Walker Award winner, Heisman Trophy finalist, and CrashCourse Ambassador Bryce Love will be considered in the NFL draft.

With his unparalleled speed and agility, Love’s top-level athleticism is a testament to his potential as a future NFL player. Starting as one of the best young track stars in American history, Love went on to win the Lombardi Award and ultimately became a Unanimous First Team All-American at Stanford University in 2017. Throughout his time at Stanford, Love broke five University school records and earned titles of Walter Camp Player of the Year Finalist, Maxwell Award Finalist, and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year.

In addition to his many accomplishments on the field, Love has dedicated countless hours to the CrashCourse initiative, starring as the lead in CrashCourse Football and CrashCourse Football VR, set to launch later this year. Love, an aspiring pediatrician, is especially invested in helping young athletes understand the importance of proper concussion prevention and treatment in the world of competitive sports.

From his numerous awards and accolades in athletics and academics to his passion for acapella and winning personality, Bryce Love is a role model for young athletes nationwide. His exemplary dedication and work ethic has offered an invaluable perspective on TeachAid’s mission to change the way young people across the United States understand concussions.

We wish Bryce Love the best of luck on draft day and know he will make a valuable addition to any future team–in the NFL or as a pediatrician.

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Today, TeachAids announced a collaboration with California Youth Football Alliance (CAYFA), a nonprofit dedicated to improving safety in youth football.

CAYFA has been working to advance the sport of football by equipping the football community with the policies, processes, and technology needed to keep athletes safe and healthy. As part of CAYFA’s online training resources, they will offer the CrashCourse content to their network of coaches, parents, youth and partner organizations. Together, TeachAids and California Youth Football will improve the health and safety of youth football.

“Improving the health and safety of our youth tackle football players is our mission. As such, we seek the very best in health and safety education for our communities. Our partnership with TeachAids enables us to deliver world-class training to parents, coaches, administrators, and referees. TeachAids content combined with our Alliance Management Platform puts the very best education in the hands of our supporters, thereby raising the duty of care for our players and enabling the benefits of youth tackle football to be experienced by anyone who chooses to play.”  says Joe Rafter, President of the California Youth Football Alliance.

“Our partnership with California Youth Football Alliance provides us an exciting opportunity to educate parents, youth and coaches on concussions. We are delighted to join CAYFA in working to promote a safer environment in youth sports” said Dr. Piya Sorcar, founder and CEO of TeachAids.

The TeachAids team is pleased to join together with CAYFA to educate youth athletes and their communities with the latest science and medical knowledge about concussion prevention and treatment.

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Head Coach Thom Glielmi has lead Stanford men’s gymnastics to two NCAA Championships and 13 consecutive top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships. Coach Glielmi joins TeachAids as an Advisor for the CrashCourse concussion education initiative.

Coach Glielmi is a three-time NCAA West Region Head Coach of the Year and was named National Coach of the Year in 2009. He has coached 19 NCAA Champions,  131 All-Americans, and three Nissen-Emery Award recipients–college gymnastics’ highest honor. In fact, Glielmi has produced NCAA national champions in every event.

In 2016, the College Gymnastics Association recognized Coach Glielmi for his service in coaching and developing gymnastics for over 25 years with their CGA Honor Coach Award. Glielmi has coached the USA Senior National Team for 15 years and served as a member of Team USA’s Coaching Staff at the 2000 and 2016 Olympic Games.

Prior to joining the Cardinal, Thom Glielmi spent three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota, where he was named the 2000-2001 NCAA Assistant Coach of the Year.

TeachAids is honored to welcome Coach Thom Glielmi to the CrashCourse advisory team. His leadership will help improve sports safety and health for young athletes nationwide. We wish Coach Glielmi and the Stanford men’s gymnastics team the best of luck tomorrow at the NCAA championships!

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