CEO & Co-founder
Jake is a graduate of Columbus High School where he was captain of his varsity lacrosse team. Now a sophomore at The University of Pennsylvania, Jake remains active as a member of Penn’s Club Lacrosse Team and brings a national focus to PlaySmart StaySmart. Jake believes that early education is the key to making kids safer on the field. He has consequently expanded the organization to include elementary and middle school aged athletes and has organized and trained a leadership network of high school athletes to assist him in this endeavor.
Chairman & Co-founder
A graduate of Columbus High School and former varsity lacrosse player, Billy is now a Junior at Duke University and president of Duke’s Club Lacrosse Team. Billy remains a vocal advocate for concussion awareness and sports safety and continues to deliver the PlaySmart StaySmart message to college and high school athletes. Billy is also actively involved in promoting legislative initiatives that will ensure the safety of grade school, high school, and collegiate athletes nationwide.
Marcus Hernandez M.D.
Medical Advisor & Director of Technology Innovation
Dr. Hernandez is a medical resident at Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Kansas. Originally from Miami, Dr. Hernandez has been a long time advocate for community health issues. He generously donates his time and technical support to the PlaySmart StaySmart organization and is helping to bring greater concussion awareness to the Midwest region.
Presentation and Recruitment
A former varsity cross country runner and lacrosse player, Lucas is now a senior at Columbus High School. Lucas is an active representative of PlaySmart StaySmart on a much more local scale, organizing events and presentations at camps and schools across Miami. Lucas believes that a better awareness of the mechanics surrounding concussions would both improve the safety and enjoyment of all sports, contact or non-contact. Lucas is actively involved in presenting the PlaySmart StaySmart message to a more impressionable audience — middle and high school athletes — and is responsible for recruiting other members to the PlaySmart StaySmart team to aid in the mission to build concussion awareness.
A senior at Columbus High School, Matthew is a former volleyball and lacrosse player who is working with local businesses to increase brand recognition and sponsorship for PlaySmart StaySmart. In his free time Matthew enjoys reading, boating and fishing with family and friends.
Presentation and Communication
Emilio is a senior at Columbus High School, where he’s been a part of the lacrosse and track and field teams. Emilio is an active representative of PlaySmart StaySmart, presenting to younger kids on the mechanics and dangers of concussions. He is raising awareness and educating young athletes to prevent the long-term effects of concussions. Emilio helps spread the PlaySmart StaySmart message so that young athletes can continue to safely enjoy sports.
Presentation and Communication
Andre is currently a senior at Columbus High School, where he’s a part of the cross country, basketball, and track and field teams. Andre is an active representative of PlaySmart StaySmart, presenting to young athletes on the mechanics and dangers of concussions, hoping to promote awareness and how to prevent the long-term effects of concussions. During his free time Andre likes swimming, running, and reading.