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.
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All Professional and Instructor members 18 years of age and older are required to have this course completed no later than July 31, 2018. The course is free and is comprised of three separate 30-minute segments. Please allow approximately 90 minutes to complete all three segments. All three segments must be completed in order to receive certification. Once completed the certification is valid for two years.
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.
The Athlete Assistance Fund, established by the National Gymnastics Foundation, is now accepting applications from gymnasts who have experienced sexual abuse in the sport of gymnastics for access to counseling services. PHP Management Systems is administering the Fund, managing enrollment requests, and connecting athletes to service providers.
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INDIANAPOLIS, July 20, 2017 – USA Gymnastics has selected the sites for the three 2018 Junior Olympic championship events for women’s gymnastics: U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships, Cincinnati, Ohio; Junior Olympic Level 9 Eastern Championships, Rochester N.Y.; and Junior Olympic Level 9 Western Championships, Salt Lake City, Utah. The Junior Olympics is USA Gymnastics’ age-group, developmental program, and these three events feature the country’s top female gymnasts for Levels 9 and 10.
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To the members of USA Gymnastics and the gymnastics community:
Since the announcement was made on November 7, I have been eagerly awaiting today, my first day as the president and chief executive officer of USA Gymnastics. I am both honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead such a great organization and look forward to collaborating with our athletes, coaches, parents, gym owners, administrators and partners to build a culture of empowerment throughout USA Gymnastics.
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USA Gymnastics is committed to fostering a fun, healthy and safe environment for all members. Beginning in 2012, USA Gymnastics has provided awareness, prevention and reporting information regarding sexual misconduct to professional members, Member Clubs, and athlete members and their families through the Clubs Care and We Care Campaigns. We are pleased to introduce the USA Gymnastics Safe Sport program, which includes information and guidance on six forms of abuse that occur throughout our society and youth sport. USA Gymnastics Safe Sport program, which is replacing the Clubs Care and We Care Campaigns, provides policies, education, a reporting structure, and tools intended to assist our Members Clubs, professional members, athlete parents and athletes as we work together to promote a safe environment.