Available to speak to your group

This past fall, I was invited to provide inspirational and motivational speeches at Olathe West (KS) High School basketball camps, Fairbury High School (NE) Athletics Back-to-School Event, University of Nebraska-Kearney Athletic Department Student-Athletes Fall Workshops and the University of Nebraska-Kearney 2018 December Commencement Address. My talks vary from 10 minutes to an hour and are customized to each audience — youth, athletes or professionals. If you’re interested in a speaker for your event, please contact me at brenda.vanlengen@gmail.com

Summer 2018

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great summer! I’m enjoying my college basketball off-season with a little work for my friends at Pelofsky & Associates, plus speaking engagements and private basketball lessons. I also completed my first IRONMAN 70.3 through an incredible experience in Madison, Wisconsin. The training, competing and finishing made up an incredible journey that is sure to be part of my story in future speeches.

I’m looking forward to the 2018-19 school year and broadcasting volleyball, basketball and softball games again. If you need a speaker or an emcee for an event, please feel free to email me at bvanlengen@yahoo.com. I’m based in Kansas City, but can travel.

2016-17 Thank You

As a sports broadcaster over the last 22 years, I’ve had the great honor and pleasure to tell the stories and describe the strategies of the players, coaches and teams in women’s basketball. Another season has come to a close for me and I want to thank all the coaches, players, media relations directors, fans, announce partners, coordinating producers (the people that hire me!), game producers and production crews with whom I worked this year that have made this year so special.


It is a great privilege to be courtside to observe some of the greatest athletes and brilliant coaches compete at the highest level. There were last second buzzer beaters, pounding, yet skillful post play, as well as athletic and crafty guard play. Players diving on the floor, stretching their bodies to their physical limits…playing for the love of the game, the love of their teammates and to accomplish things together with teammates, more than they could ever do themselves.


It is important to me to be careful in telling their stories – to promote the positive, to elevate their stories, to describe things that aren’t always obvious but important to the success of a team, to ultimately draw people to appreciate and support this great sport.


These young women are the future leaders of our country. Through competition on the basketball court, hard work in the classroom and contributions to their communities, they’ve learned valuable lessons in leadership, communication, sacrifice, encouragement, teamwork, focusing on an assignment, battling through adversity, exhibiting humility in success and enjoying the moment.


Though I do not have the connection with, or the influence on, the student-athletes that the coaches do that work with them every day, I know their stories, I see their tremendous sacrifice and hard work and I care about each and every one of them. I appreciate so much when I get a hug or a thank you from the athletes or their parents and got tears in my eyes recently at the Big 12 tournament when one player ran across the court after practice to say to me “I just love you Miss Brenda.”


I’m reflecting today on the seniors that played the last game of their careers in the last couple of weeks. They have given all of us so much and I wish each of them the best life has to offer as they journey to the next chapter of their lives.


It is my passion and purpose to draw people to women’s basketball and everything that makes it so amazing. My hope is you’ll share the things that you love about women’s basketball with others in your life. It is so much more than just a game – it is friendship, competition, accomplishment, strategy, exceeding expectations, overcoming obstacles, cooperation, sacrifice and love. Thank you for joining me on this journey.

2016 Mel Greenberg Media Award


Yesterday, I was honored to receive the Mel Greenberg Media Award at the 2016 Women’s Final Four in Indianapolis, with all of my immediate family in attendance. Sherri Coale, the head coach of the University of Oklahoma, for whom I have a great deal of respect and admiration, surprised me by joining in the presentation of the award after Mel Greenberg introduced me.

Today, I have great empathy for anyone who has received an award and had a short period of time to make acceptance remarks. There wasn’t any music cuing me to get off stage, but I was the first award recipient of six during a 30-minute period and knew I needed to be brief and I didn’t get to say everything I wanted. So, I’ll say it here… Continue reading