USA Swimming Safe Sport Newsletter
The purpose of this newsletter is to provide a foundation that allows for direct on-going communication
with each of you. Information contained within will cover the most current Safe Sport related information. If you have any feedback, comments or
suggestions, please e-mail us at email@example.com.
Safe Sport Updates
The USA Swimming Convention concluded a
couple weeks ago and the workshops on Safe Sport went really well. At the House of Delegates, all the proposed Safe Sport legislation passed. To
access all the 2014 adopted legislation please go
Please help us welcome Maggie Vail, the
newest addition to the USA Swimming Safe Sport Staff. Maggie completed a master of social work at the University of Michigan and has experience in
victim advocacy, community education, research and program development. In her role at USA Swimming, Maggie will serve as the Safe Sport Education
Specialist responsible for training and education outreach for members. This is a brand new position for USA Swimming and we are thrilled to have
Maggie on board!
October is National Bullying Prevention
Month! Here are two great resources to help you bring awareness
and support to your members:
Kidpower is a global nonprofit leader
in personal safety. Instead of using fear to teach about violence prevention, the Kidpower Method makes it fun to learn to be safe, building habits
that can increase the safety of young people and adults alike. You can make the ‘Kidpower Put Safety First Commitment’ here.
Please check out
the Mean Stinks campaign
from the deodorant company
Secret! This campaign hopes to be a place where nice prevails and girl-to-girl bullying comes to an end. It shares anti-bullying tips, tools and
challenges to help stop bullying in its tracks. You can submit your own solutions, download posters and show off your blue pinky finger in support of
the fight against bullying.
Remind Your Clubs
The Athlete Protection Training is now
required every other year, not every year. All Athlete Protection Training expiration dates expiring December 2014 have been pushed back to expire on
Dec. 31, 2015. A new member who has not taken the training will still need to complete the training as a condition of membership. Should you have any
questions about this please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe Sport Awareness
USA Swimming Olympian Margaret
Hoelzer recently did a Tedx talk about her experience as a
survivor of child sexual abuse and how swimming became her safe haven to help her overcome it. Margaret shares her experience to show that you can
overcome anything and go on to be successful. She also hopes that this will be a positive example of what a great impact our sport can be for youth
and help demonstrate what the USA Swimming’s Safe Sport initiative is all about. Please view the full talk on YouTube here.