Annick Winokur, CEO
Annick Winokur is the founder and CEO of Sportsometry® , Inc. She earned her B.S. in Cognitive Studies from Vanderbilt University (1996). Following her graduation from Vanderbilt, as a student at the Yale School of Nursing Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program, Annick developed an understanding of nursing and its applicability to medical research.
An eye exam in her late twenties showed Annick that she had an absence of peripheral vision in a specific area. As she considered how she compensates when playing various sports, despite the ability to utilize this small but crucial visual space, she began to investigate the relationship among sports, geometry and physics. These are all necessary and interrelated skills, both while playing sports and in the classroom.
Annick continued to pursue research opportunities to work with doctors and scientists, such as T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., founder of the Touchpoints Project at Harvard/Boston Children’s Hospital, and research with Robert Sternberg, Ph.D., author of several books on psychology and education, as well as others in the New York/CT area. She also was a co-author of a paper published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology (2006), “Self-Criticism and Depressive Symptomatology Interact to Predict Middle School Academic Achievement.”
Annick continued her work in education and athletics, developing programs for students of varying ages and backgrounds in areas such as squash, confidence building, safety and developmental skills. While serving as Director of the Brady Squash Center at Yale, she had the opportunity to design business and economic growth opportunities by developing member services, retail and community outreach programs. These experiences led to the opportunity to co-found Squash Haven, an urban squash, academic, and community service program for inner city students in New Haven, CT.
Cited in Multiple Intelligences by Howard Gardner, Ph.D., Professor in Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a copyrighted teaching model, Sportsometry illuminates the unique links between cognitive processing and athletics, as well as the social and physical benefits, strengthening these links.
Annick is also a co-author of “The Neurologist’s Role in Supporting Transition to Adult Care,” addressing the critical role child neurologists play in planning and coordinating the successful transition from the child to the adult healthcare system for youth with neurologist conditions that appeared in Neurology (2016).
Sportsometry, Inc. represents the opportunity to bring Annick’s ideas and experiences to fruition.
Annie Ackerman, Executive Director
Annie Ackerman is the Executive Director of Sportsometry. Annie grew up in Southbury, CT and graduated from Stonehill College in 2008 with a B.A. in Psychology and earned her Master’s of Science in Human Services in 2012 from Post University.
Annie has a strong passion for working with youth. In the spring of 2011, Annie interned with The Kennedy Center of Trumbull, CT with a placement at Bridgeport’s after school “Lighthouse Program.” During her time there, she provided academic and social support services to at-risk and special needs students. This experience fostered Annie’s interest to continue working with youth in the underserved communities.
In addition to education and working with children, Annie has a strong passion for sports and athletics. She has played competitive sports all of her life and is still currently active in organized women’s recreational basketball in Connecticut. Annie has been coaching youth softball and basketball since 2003. She volunteers with the St. Joseph High School girls basketball team in Trumbull, CT and the Weston High School girls basketball team running skills clinics and coaching summer and fall league teams. Annie also currently coaches the Fairfield County Huskies 8th-12th grade fall girls AAU teams, and the 9th grade CT Hoopsters girls AAU team in the spring.