From the Practice Fields in Your Town to the Podium in Paris, We Support Athletes

Male presenting adult track and field athlete running while holding the U.S. flag, with another adult athlete, wearing blue and black.

Everyone celebrates the moment an athlete is crowned on the podium with gold, silver, or bronze. But at the U.S. Center for SafeSport, we celebrate the practice, dedication, resilience, and passion it took to reach that point. We believe athletes are defined by their journey—not the medals they win.

Recognizing the importance of abuse-free sport settings, the U.S. Center for SafeSport helps create safe, positive environments where athletes at every level can thrive and win. By educating and informing athletes, coaches, parents, and others about abuse and misconduct in sport, our resources set the stage for safer competition.

From the playing fields in your community to the elite podium in France, the U.S. Center for SafeSport supports athletes of all abilities during the Paris Games and beyond them.

Celebrate the Journey

Sport is an opportunity to test your potential. It’s a chance to challenge the limits of what’s been defined as possible and strive for gold. Athletes of every level and ability deserve to play and compete in a setting where positive encouragement, supportive motivation, and respect are practiced.

“Hearts of Gold” is a spoken word poem, written and performed by Colorado Poet Laureate, Andrea Gibson. Through the power of spoken word poetry, Gibson highlights the collective support needed for athletes to experience a safe, supportive path in sport.

The poem praises the parents, mentors, coaches, and officials who assist athletes along the way. And it pays homage to the athlete journey, which often begins as a childhood dream to one day compete on a world stage. Watch this short, inspirational video and experience the powerful impact a supportive community can have on an athlete’s journey.

The Center and the Games

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is the only organization with the authority to resolve reports of abuse and misconduct within the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movement. In this role, we support more than 11 million individuals throughout the Movement, including the American athletes competing at the Paris Games this summer.

While our organization may have been created to put policies in place to make sport safer for those within the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movement, our scope extends beyond that. Our trainings and resources support athletes of all levels, from local tee ball leagues to adult recreation.

As we cheer for our nation’s athletes at the Games in Paris, let’s also cheer for sport environments that prioritize athlete safety and well-being. Learn more and help end abuse in sport at