There are 44 million youth athletes in America. The goal of Team Up Speak UpTM is for as many of them as possible to hear a simple speech. The core message: that athletes have a responsibility to report to a team leader if they notice concussion signs in a teammate.
The speech should come from a person they respect, whether it is a coach, athletic trainer, doctor, or team captain. Whatever role you play, you can help us lead this culture change. Scroll down and take the Team Up Speak Up pledge to get your team involved.
US Lacrosse Team Up Speak Up Week
The second annual US Lacrosse Team Up Speak Up Week was March 3-9. Every lacrosse coach in America was asked to give this simple, one-minute speech at the beginning of the season to help keep athletes safe from concussion and improve the concussion culture. Watch coaches from Team USA, Georgetown, the University of Maryland, and Loyola University Maryland explain why Team Up Speak Up is a great addition to team culture.
USA Rugby Team Up Speak Up
CLF and USA Rugby have joined together to bring Team Up Speak Up to the rugby community! The men's and women's USA Rugby Sevens Olympic teams are spreading the message as they prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Watch Head Coach Mike Friday and Captain Madison Hughes from the men's team, and Head Coach Chris Brown and Captain Nicole Heavirland from the women's team as they share what makes Team Up Speak Up so important.
USA Hockey Team UP Speak Up Week
In October 2018, we were proud to partner with USA Hockey for the first ever USA Hockey Team Up Speak Up Week. Team USA Hockey stars Jeremy Roenick, Max Pacioretty, and Amanda Kessel asked coaches around the country to give the Team Up Speak Up Speech to begin their seasons. Check out the video below of NHL Legend and Olympic Silver Medalist Jeremy Roenick.
In 2018, Team Up Speak UpTM was an incredible success; more than 250 organizations, accounting for more than 5 millions athletes, took the Team Up Speak UpTM pledge, including:
It's not too late to sign up! Take the 2019 pledge below to let us know you'll play your part and #TeamUpSpeakUp to fight concussions.