Keeping kids safe in sport is a top priority for youth sports organizations across the country but it isn’t always a straightforward process. From finding and accessing critical safety training, to establishing a background screening program and abuse prevention guidelines, an organization might have a difficult time knowing where to go and how to get started.
We’re thrilled to announce our new partnership with the U.S. Center for SafeSport to help expand the safety services we can provide to youth sports organizations. By offering SafeSport content and training resources within SportsEngine HQ, your organization will be able to do everything you need to establish standards for abuse prevention in your programs from a single location.
Furthering safety standards in youth sports
The U.S. Center for SafeSport works to make athlete well-being the centerpiece of our nation's sports culture through abuse prevention, education, and accountability. Through this partnership, SportsEngine will now be the Preferred Membership Platform Provider of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, which will allow all SportsEngine users the opportunity to take basic training and many other online abuse awareness and prevention courses directly within Sportsengine HQ.
One such course is the U.S. Center for SafeSport Core Trained Course, required for millions of adult participants in the US Olympic and Paralympic Movement, which will now be available within SportsEngine HQ, allowing for an easier process for coaches and families to make safety a priority for their organizations.
"Partnering with SportsEngine will greatly expand access to SafeSport abuse awareness and prevention trainings and resources, enabling athletes and allies across America to accelerate positive culture change at every level of sport," said Ju'Riese Colón, CEO of the U.S. Center for SafeSport.
"SportsEngine's technology and vast reach in youth sports will help us educate and train more athletes, coaches, parents, and administrators to recognize, prevent, and respond to abuse in sport settings."
"We are honored to partner with U.S. Center for SafeSport to serve as a resource as they continue their mission to advocate for safety in youth sports," stated Brett MacKinnon, SVP and General Manager, Youth and Rec Sports, NBC Sports Next. "Helping to provide safe, positive youth sports experiences is a moral imperative and remains at the core of what we do at SportsEngine. We are proud to support the U.S. Center for SafeSport as it works to fulfill its vision of changing the culture of sports, set higher standards for youth and amateur sport organizations and establish training, policies and best practices for protecting athletes."
How this partnership will benefit your organization and kids across the country
This partnership will give all SportsEngine users the ability to complete Core training and many more abuse awareness and prevention online courses within the SportsEngine HQ platform. SportsEngine will also publish Center athlete safety guidance and resources, making this content available to millions of parents, athletes, coaches and league administrators.
Through this new partnership, we’re expanding our resources, training, and tools to help you keep kids safe in sport while making it easy for your participants to find and access the resources they need. Together, we can build safer youth sports programs so kids, coaches, families, and organizations can focus on doing what they love–playing the game.