Our outreach initiatives expand our reach, so even more people learn about making sports safe and accessible for all.
Sports Situational Prevention Approach
The Sports Situational Prevention Approach (SSPA) is a new, three-year, grant-funded project in collaboration with leading authority Dr. Keith Kaufman. The SSPA aims to:
- help keep athletes safe;
- support and strengthen prevention efforts in sports;
- create safety tools tailored for use by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and elite youth sports organizations;
- create an early warning system to identify and address safety risks when they are in their earliest stages.
U.S. Center for SafeSport Athlete Advisory Team (SAAT)
The U.S. Center for SafeSport is launching an Athlete Advisory Team (SAAT) with broad representation of athletes across the U.S. to meet quarterly and provide input into prevention education, policy, Center outreach, and communications. Board members serve for two years minimum and can serve up to two terms of service. The SAAT is co-chaired by the Center’s two athlete representatives who serve on the Board of Directors—Megan Ryther and Connie Smotek—and is supported by Center staff.
Youth Advisory Board
Colorado-area high school athletes applied to join the Center’s inaugural youth advisory board in the summer of 2018, launch a youth symposium, provide input into educational materials, and meet at least four times per year to increase training and awareness to prevent abuse in sports.