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Sports as a Force For Good

03/13/2015, 10:45am CDT
By Jim Dahline

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.

What can you do?

Prevent Bad Behavior

  • Set up a thorough background screening program
  • Make your rules and policies public

Open and Ongoing Education

  • Set up volunteer and coach training
  • Host a pre-season parents night
  • Reward sportsmanship in addition to athletic performance

Expose Bad Behavior

  • Be prepared and plan for the worst
  • Provice access to anonymous reporting

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. 

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