U.S. Center for SafeSport’s training protects athletes from harmful sport environments
INDIANAPOLIS – St. Vincent Sports Performance is partnering with the U.S. Center for SafeSport to call upon its 100-plus associates to thoroughly complete a crucial training designed to help athletes identify signs of bullying, physical abuse and sexual misconduct.
The Center is a national non-profit that provides services to sport entities on abuse prevention techniques, policies and programs. It also serves as a safe, professional and confidential place for individuals to report sexual abuse within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements, including its 49 national governing bodies (NGBs). All NGBs require their staff and volunteers to complete the SafeSport training.
In May, the Center opened up its training to groups outside of the Olympic Movements to help organizations protect their athletes’ well-being. St. Vincent Sports Performance recently began implementing the training, making it one of the first non-USOC athlete-serving organizations to access the abuse-prevention course.
“The Center applauds St. Vincent Sports Performance for requiring SafeSport training for its sports business team which serves more than 19,000 athletes and families across Indiana,” said Shellie Pfohl, president and CEO of the U.S. Center for SafeSport. “St. Vincent is committed to athlete well-being, and we encourage all athlete-serving organizations to follow their leadership by prioritizing abuse-prevention training.”
St. Vincent Sports Performance is the largest U.S. hospital-based program of its kind, providing comprehensive care to professional teams, athletes and champions across the full spectrum of the sports world. Servicing elite and professional level athletes from USA Diving, USA Track and Field, USA Football, basketball, baseball and motorsports to collegiate athletes from Butler University and beyond, St. Vincent Sports Performance provides the highest caliber of services for individuals of all ages and skill levels.
St. Vincent Sports Performance offers an elite staff of sports medicine physicians, sports scientists, sports psychologists, strength and conditioning specialists, sports dietitians, and sports rehabilitation specialists to help clients cultivate a healthy lifestyle and perform to the best of their ability. Each staff member will go through the U.S. Center for SafeSport training course.
“Providing a safe, ethical and healthy environment for athletes to train and develop is the cornerstone of our work,” said St. Vincent Sports Performance Executive Director Ralph Reiff. “We are grateful for the opportunity to share the SafeSport training with our team members to reinforce our dedication to provide those we serve with the highest quality of care in the safest possible environment.”
St. Vincent Sports Performance offers services in downtown Indianapolis (at the new St. Vincent Center), Carmel (SVSP Clay Terrace), Fishers (SVSP Fishers) and Westfield (SVSP Pacers Center – Grand Park). For more information, visit https://www.stvincent.org/Services/Sports-Performance.
About St. Vincent
In Indiana, Ascension’s St. Vincent operates 20 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices and clinics that cover a 57-county area and employ more than 15,000 associates. Across the state, St. Vincent provided more than $269 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2017 Serving Indiana for 136 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,600 sites of care – including 153 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.stvincent.org.
About the U.S. Center for SafeSport
The Center is the first and only national organization of its kind focused on ending all forms of abuse in sport while carrying out its mission of making athlete well-being the centerpiece of our nation’s sports culture through abuse prevention, education, and accountability. As an independent non-profit headquartered in Denver, CO, the Center provides services to sport entities on abuse prevention techniques, policies and programs and provides a safe, professional and confidential place for individuals to report sexual abuse within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. For more information please visit www.safesport.org.