Safe to Compete: Protecting Child Athletes from Sexual Abuse

Mar 18, 2013

“We can’t prevent what we don’t know about.” – Sharon Cooper, MD, FAAP

Protecting children and providing them safe spaces in which they can learn, play, and grow is central to the mission of every youth-serving organization.  It’s a privilege when kids put their trust in us and it’s our responsibility to do everything we can to make sure that they are safe when they are participating in our programs or when they are at our facilities.

Over the next two days, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children are hosting Safe to Compete: Protecting Child Athletes from Sexual Abuse.  This invitation-only summit brings together experts, youth sports organizations, athletes, parents, and other youth advocates to develop, through a series of dialogues on effective practices, sexual abuse prevention standards which can be applied across the entire youth sports industry.
Join Us

  • You can watch the Safe to Compete summit live March 19-20 and join the conversation on Twitter by following @missingkids and #safetocompete.
  • In the near future, we will be introducing some resources available on to help you protect the children you serve at your organization.  Check back here at the Coaches Forum for more information! 

Thank you for your dedication to keeping kids safe!