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Monday, September 21, 2020

USA Swimming Continues its Focus and Promotion of the Safe Sport Club Recognition Program


USA Swimming Continues its Focus and Promotion of the  Safe Sport Club Recognition Program

The Safe Sport Club Recognition program allows a USA Swimming member club to demonstrate its commitment to creating a healthy and positive environment, free from abuse. This is done through the development and implementation of Safe Sport club measures, policies, reporting mechanisms, best practices and trainings. As more USA Swimming clubs achieve Safe Sport Club Recognition, we will create a safer environment for all our athletes. 

In what may be a silver lining of the last few months, the USA Swimming Safe Sport team helped facilitate more coach, athlete, and parent virtual trainings in support of the Safe Sport Club Recognition Program in the first half of 2020 than in any other calendar year.

In an effort to support this upward trend, the USA Swimming’s Board of Directors endorsed a new incentive, as part of the Keeping Athletes First Action Plan, to continue to increase the number of clubs to achieve Safe Sport Club Recognition. 

Starting July 2, 2020, all teams who have achieved Safe Sport Club Recognition will be entered in a monthly drawing for the chance to win a visit from a National Team athlete or alum. This is an exciting opportunity for winners to have a conversation, a clinic and/or take photos with a respected athlete at no cost to the winning team. USA Swimming will coordinate the visit, which may occur in person or virtually at USA Swimming’s discretion, with the winning club. In addition, clubs who do not win will stay in the drawing until this incentive ends on December 31, 2021.  

For clarity, a member club that received Safe Sport Club Recognition prior to the start of the Promotional Period and maintained Recognition through the time of entry has “achieved” Safe Sport recognition during the Promotional Period in accordance with the Official Rules and may enter the Contest. In accordance with the rules, all entrants must have Safe Sport Club Recognition to be eligible to win a Prize.

For more information on this incentive and the official rules, please visit here.

Please visit usaswimming.org/ssrp to learn more about the Safe Sport program.
 

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