In 2010 USA Swimming and Executive Director Chuck Wielgus launched Safe Sport, an abuse prevention program designed to foster safe, healthy and positive sport environments for all members. USA Swimming has been working to educate athletes, parents, clubs and coaches about their role in keeping the sport safe.
Earlier this month Indiana held its first-ever Safe Sport Week, during which 275 USA Swimming athletes from 20 clubs committed to Safe Sport education. The week of training was spearheaded by Safe Sport Chair Paul Stauder, who was inspired to create educational opportunities for members at a workshop in Denver with other Local Swim Club Safe Sport Coordinators this summer.
“My goal was to visit at least five clubs around Indiana by the end of the year to conduct athlete training sessions, and invite neighboring clubs to appoint and send a club-level Safe Sport Coordinator to observe a session, then go back to their home clubs and conduct similar sessions of their own,” Stauder says.
Key outcomes of Indiana’s 2015 Safe Sport Week include:
- Doubling the number of Indiana clubs that have started establishing their own Safe Sport culture through athlete and parent training.
- Doubling the number of Indiana clubs that have appointed a club-level safe sport coordinator who will share accountability for educating their club’s athletes and parents on child protection policies and best practices.
- At least one in three Indiana clubs participated in the athlete or parent training at some level.