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.
Elvert Eden, Executive Director
Elvert Eden has been deeply involved in youth development and has more than fifteen years of experience in youth services, in addition to being an involved parent in the New Haven community.
Elvert is the former Youth Development and Aquatics Director for Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership, Inc. (LEAP) in New Haven, CT. Under his dedicated leadership, the organization built on its strengths, developed new relationships and strengthened existing relationships with partners and supporters.
Elvert spent seven years transforming LEAP’s Youth Development program into one of the most recognized programs in Connecticut. This program helps teenagers become active leaders in their communities, gain valuable work experience, become mentors, and gain access to 2- and 4-year colleges.
In 2014, Elvert was tasked with reshaping LEAP’s Aquatics program, which is designed to help youth develop good swimming habits, emphasize water safety, further develop swimming skills, and teach youth to stay active and healthy. LEAP’s Aquatics program grew rapidly over his five years of leadership and averaged 500 swimmers per year.
Elvert’s desire to lead youth has been a life-long goal. He became a youth counselor for LEAP while enrolled at The University of New Haven where he obtained his degree in Communications (2000). In 2015, Elvert was inducted into the University of New Haven’s Football Hall of Fame. He had a stellar career as a Wide Receiver for Coach Tony Sparano and Chris Pincince, and is regarded as one of the best two-sport (football and track) athletes in UNH history.
Additionally, Elvert has spent several years working with the Stamford Board of Education and with at-risk youth in Bridgeport, CT.