Join us on Radio Row as Sports Philanthropy Network Founder Roy Kessel and Executive Vice President Kayla Bradham sit down with Brain Health Advocate, Kimberly Archie for a discussion on the importance of athlete safety.
Kimberly Archie sits down with Kayla and Roy to talk about her work as an advocate for health and safety in youth sports. Kimberly’s talks about an incident with her daughter who was a high schooler on a gymnastics team and fell and broke her arm on the balance beam. Kimberly immediately drove her daughter to the hospital and was told that her insurance would not cover the injury because they marked off her daughter’s injury as a child abuse case. It was after this moment that Kimberly decided to become an activist for children’s safety in sports. Kimberly’s son passed away in a reckless driving incident which caused her to become even more emotionally invested in her work surrounding children’s safety. Her work has focused on promoting solutions to preventing serious brain injuries in children who participate in youth sports. Some of her solutions include having kids play flag football until age 14, providing higher quality helmets, and better medical screening. She states that we have made a lot of progress in improving the health and safety standards in sports but, “the real work is still left to be done”.
Kimberly Archie resides in Los Angeles, California, where she works as a retained legal consultant at Girardi Keese, the law firm made famous in the blockbuster movie, “Erin Brockovich.” She is the co-founder of the National Cheer Safety Foundation, Faces of CTE, and a leading expert on the prevention of child athlete maltreatment, a go-to expert often quoted in national and international media such as People magazine, CNN, Al Jazeera, and the New York Times. Her legal work has been used to settle more than 50 sports injury lawsuits since 2008, including the NFL brain injury case, and Mehr v. U.S. Soccer, a settlement that removed headers for children ages 10 and under.