Safe Sport Updates

Webinar on How to Talk About Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

As part of our outreach for Child Abuse Prevention Month, the USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Department recently conducted a webinar on “How to Talk About Child Sexual Abuse Prevention,” which is available in the webinar archive.  I have included a link to the webinar because it provides some of the guidance you and your professional members have requested for addressing safe sport issues.   I also encourage you to share with the professional members in your states and regions. And, as always, please contact Toby Stark, our director of safe sport, if you have any questions.  We appreciate your time and dedication to our athlete’s safety and well-being.

Annie Heffernon
USA Gymnastics
Women’s Junior Olympic Program Director
130 E. Washington Street, Suite 700
Indianapolis, IN 46204
p: 317.829.5659 | usagym.org

Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXRA80dmtCg&feature=youtu.be


Women’s Program State, Regional and National Chairmen Conference

Hi everyone, your regional and state chairs just got back from Indianapolis.  This was a one day conference  Women’s Program State, Regional and National Chairmen. It reaffirmed our belief that USA Gymnastics is headed in the right direction and will be a stronger organization.   There are still questions to be answered but all members in attendance crafted a statement of commitment. The statement is below.

“USA Gymnastics holds the highest standard of care for athletes and members.

We have the desire to rebuild and to move forward.

We have the opportunity right now, in the history of USA Gymnastics, in our sport, and in our country, to lead, saying, we are going to get it right.  By doing that, we will honor our athletes who have been impacted and we will honor all USA Gymnastics members and participants, including, but not limited to, athletes, coaches, parents, judges, and volunteers.

We will not be the organization that shuts the doors, changes the name, and puts a new face on the same institution.

At the end of the day, we have an opportunity to improve USA Gymnastics.  We have an obligation to meet the challenge that has been set before us and to become a better organization.  It is about sharing positive gymnastics stories and getting it right. 

We will get it right.

Eighty-Eight Women’s Program USA Gymnastics National, Regional, and State leaders stood today to wholeheartedly support USA Gymnastics.


A message from Kerry Perry
President and CEO, USA Gymnastics

Today I want to address the significant events that have taken place since I started with USA Gymnastics 90 days ago and what our path forward looks like in creating a culture of empowerment with our focus on athlete safety and well-being.

There is no doubt that all of us have been forever changed by the recent Larry Nassar hearings. I was in the courtroom to listen to the incredibly courageous women explain in vivid and painful detail the impact he had on their lives. Their powerful voices will stay with me for the rest of my life. I commit to you that I will keep their words and experiences at the core of every decision I make, every day, as the leader of this organization. Their stories have broken my heart, but also strengthened my resolve.

The best way to honor our athletes is to ensure that we do everything we can to prevent this from happening again by making bold decisions and holding ourselves to the highest standards of care.

Click for the actions and decisions in the last 90 days

 


 Safe Sport Webinar – Fall 2017

What’s New in the USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Policy – USA Gymnastics Webinar featuring Toby Sparks:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGMTv8I-HUU&feature=youtu.be

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