Youth sports organizations and clubs should be an environment designed to nurture good character. Determination, courage, respect, teamwork, humility and passion are a few of the traits that naturally grow in a carefully maintained sporting community. Unfortunately, like any “eden” it only takes a little bad to spoil everything. Make a promise to your athletes, your organization, and yourself that you’ll do everything possible to use sport as a force for good in your community.
Unfortunately, According to a 2013 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, one in four U.S. children experience some form of child maltreatment in their lifetimes. According to the CDC, in 2012 over 686,000 children were abused (enough to pack 10 modern football stadiums). Over 90% of perpetrators are parents, family members, and family friends. A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds. Regretfully, the CDC and Child Protective Services admit that their numbers are low because most abuse goes unreported.
Prevent Bad Behavior
Open and Ongoing Education
Expose Bad Behavior
In our guide, Sport as a Force for Good, all of these topics are covered in detail, and we provide recommendations on how to implement in your organization as part of your risk management plan.