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Change Happens One Person at a Time.

You don’t have to be an outspoken activist or be in a position of power.It is important to act in ways that are comfortable for your personality, to follow your passion for social justice, and to do things that fit your personal limitations of time or resources.

Here are some ideas that might fit YOU!

1.     RECOMMEND A LOCAL SPORT CLUB TO ADOPT A SAFE4ATHLETES POLICY
Print out the Safe4Athletes brochure and Why Sport Clubs Need an Athlete Welfare Policy. Schedule a meeting with the President of the local club to discuss whether this person would like to learn more about this issue. Direct them to the Safe4Athletes.org web site to get more information. Check back several weeks later to see if the club plans to take action to adopt such a policy. (SEE OTHERS CLUBS THAT RECOMMEND SAFE4ATHLETES)

2.    TALK TO ATHLETES AT A SPORT CLUB
Volunteer to talk to athletes at a sports club to make sure they understand how important it is to report misconduct by coaches or other athletes. First find out from the club who they should contact to report such concerns. Use the What Every Athlete Should Know Safe4Athletes publication as a summary of the points you should cover.

3.    EMAIL, TEXT MESSAGE OR DISCUSS THE ISSUE WITH YOUR ATHLETE OR PARENT FRIENDS
The first step in confronting any issue to talking about it. Use social media to ask your friends whether they think this is an issue and whether they would like to join you in approaching your sports club to do something about it. Encourage them to check out the Safe4Athletes.org web site to learn more about the issue.

4.    WRITE TO YOUR NATIONAL SPORT GOVERNING BODY (NGB)
Check the Safe4Athletes web site to see if the national sport governing body (USA Archery, USA Softball, etc.) in your sport has an Athlete Protection Officer or staff member responsible for handling parent or athlete concerns about coach misconduct. If not, write to your NGB to ask that they establish such a staff position, adopt a strong policy on coaches professional conduct and publish the names of coaches banned for misconduct.

5.    SHARE YOUR STORY
If you are comfortable sharing your story of being the victim of abuse, write your story and try to suggest to athletes or parents who might read it how they might act if faced with a similar situation. Or explain how you were successful in getting your sports club to address this issue. Don’t use your name. Carefully follow instructions on the Safe4Athletes.org Tell Your Story area of the web site.

6.    VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME TO WORK FOR SAFE4ATHLETES
Sometimes Safe4Athletes has projects (i.e., surveys, research projects, writing articles, etc.) that volunteers can help accomplish. Email info@Safe4Athletes to volunteer.

7.    VOLUNTEER TO BE AN ‘ATHLETE WELFARE ADVOCATE’ AT YOUR SPORT CLUB
An “Athlete Welfare Advocate” is a volunteer responsible for listening to any athlete complaint or expression of concern and determining how to best address this concern in the best interest of the athlete. The role of the AWA is to act on behalf of the athlete to ensure the athlete’s safety, recognizing the imbalance of power between participants and adults (coaches and others) who are in positions of authority or that there may be other participants whose actions may be intimidating or threatening to younger or weaker children.

8.    IF YOU HAVE NO TIME TO BE AN ACTIVIST, DONATE TO THE CAUSE
Safe4Athletes, is a registered public charity, exempt from Federal income taxation under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your donation can help make a difference by funding:
•    efforts to provide speakers for national sport organization convention programs addressing this issue
•    initiatives to communicate directly with local sports clubs and state associations to get them to adopt athlete protection policies
•    staff to answer the Safe4Athletes “Help Line”
•    the operation of our web site so we can guarantee free access to all of our model policies and other educational materials

   
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Safe4Athletes, Inc is a tax-exempt organization pursuant to the Internal Revenue code 501 (c) 3. 

 

Safe4Athletes 

March 10th, 2014 - New York City - Fundraiser Dinner

Nocello - 7-10pm 

COME JOIN US 

Safe4Athlete is having a Fundraiser/Dinner in New York City at Nocello,  Fine Italian Cuisine. 

Join us for a night of some good food and good company, while learning about the mission of Safe4Athletes and how you can help give a voice to Athletes everywhere.  

Safe4Athletes mission is to provide a safe and positive environment for every athlete, free of abuse, bullying and harassment.  We need your support in giving every athlete a voice.  Often Athletes will sit in silence rather than sacrifice their career.  Safe4Athletes has a program that addresses the coach/athlete power dynamic. We need help spreading our free program and resources to those that needed it.  

Our program is growing and we need help supporting the demand to make sports safe4athletes across the country.  We have seen success with the Safe4Athletes program with programs that have taken a leadership role addressing abuse in sports. We need aid and support from others to breakdown the coach/athlete power dynamic through implementing the Safe4Athletes in sports programs everywhere. We have seen success at every level of sports, whether it be collegiate, open amateur sports clubs and high school sports.  

While the resources for every sports program are free from the Safe4Athletes website, we offer assistance with issues and help victims with obtaining resources, such as therapists and legal assistance.  All funds go towards making sports Safe4Athletes.   

Come join us for a night of Food, Fun and Friends (New and Old)

Where: Nocello 

Address: 257 W. 55th st, New York, NY 10019

When: March 10th, 2014

Time: 7-10pm

Dress Code: Business Casual

Menu: A three course meal followed by a selection of Italian desserts and coffee.  

Donation $125 includes tax and tip (alcohol not included)

or JOIN US on the VIP table $250 per person and get a chance to speak with the Founder.  All Corporate Donations will be recognized and displayed at the Event.  Contact us about Corporate Sponsorship at 1-855.723.3422 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New York City Fundraiser
 
 If you can't make this fundraiser but would like to give a donation please click here. or check to see if there is a fundraiser coming to a town near you. 

 Thank you for helping make sports Safe4Athletes

 

Safe4Athletes 

March 10th, 2014 - New York City - Fundraiser Dinner

Nocello - 7-10pm 

COME JOIN US 

Safe4Athlete is having a Fundraiser/Dinner in New York City at Nocello,  Fine Italian Cuisine. 

Join us for a night of some good food and good company, while learning about the mission of Safe4Athletes and how you can help give a voice to Athletes everywhere.  

Safe4Athletes mission is to provide a safe and positive environment for every athlete, free of abuse, bullying and harassment.  We need your support in giving every athlete a voice.  Often Athletes will sit in silence rather than sacrifice their career.  Safe4Athletes has a program that addresses the coach/athlete power dynamic. We need help spreading our free program and resources to those that needed it.  

Our program is growing and we need help supporting the demand to make sports safe4athletes across the country.  We have seen success with the Safe4Athletes program with programs that have taken a leadership role addressing abuse in sports. We need aid and support from others to breakdown the coach/athlete power dynamic through implementing the Safe4Athletes in sports programs everywhere. We have seen success at every level of sports, whether it be collegiate, open amateur sports clubs and high school sports.  

While the resources for every sports program are free from the Safe4Athletes website, we offer assistance with issues and help victims with obtaining resources, such as therapists and legal assistance.  All funds go towards making sports Safe4Athletes.   

Come join us for a night of Food, Fun and Friends (New and Old)

Where: Nocello 

Address: 257 W. 55th st, New York, NY 10019

When: March 10th, 2014

Time: 7-10pm

Dress Code: Business Casual

Menu: A three course meal followed by a selection of Itilian desserts and coffee.  

Special WISE member rate $100 includes tax and tip (alcohol not included)

 If you can't make this fundraiser but would like to give a donation please click here. or check to see if there is a fundraiser coming to a town near you. 

We look forward to hearing from you at info@safe4athletes.org or call us 855-723-3422 for more information. 

 Thank you for helping make sports Safe4Athletes

 

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