New York, NY—June 25, 2013—The United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs (USAIGC) has announced it will formally adopt mandatory Safe4Atheles guidelines and policies Association-wide. The announcement came at the USAIGC/IAIGC World Championships in Palm Springs, California earlier this week.
Effective immediately, the USAIGC has made it mandatory for all member clubs to complete a 100% background check on all employees & club owners by the end of 2013.
“On behalf of our club owners and their students, I am very proud that we have taken this essential move to make Safe4Athletes’ policies a reality for every one of our member clubs,” said USAIGC President Paul Spadero. “USAIGC Clubs are now setting the standard in athlete and children’s safety and welfare. Through this process, our member clubs will collectively provide a safe gymnastics club environment.”
“The USAIGC is the first gymnastics organization to proactively take an ‘athlete first’ approach,” said Safe4Athletes Founder and former Olympic swimmer, Katherine Starr. “It’s an organization that is already taking a balanced sports/education lifestyle approach with its college gymnastics compulsory program track. Now they are taking the important step of protecting every one of their athletes from misconduct as well.”
“The USAIGC has drawn the line in the stand,” added Spadero. “We must do the most we possibly can to protect our student population by creating the safest environment possible for our children.”
“I applaud the USAIGC’s move to adopt the essential policies of Safe4Athletes,” said Dominique Moceanu, herself an Olympic gold medal winning gymnast and author of recent New York Times best selling memoir Off Balance. “I firmly believe that it is the shared duty of parents, coaches, gym club owners, and governing bodies of sport to give our young athletes a positive learning atmosphere free from any type of abuse, without exception. Safe4Athletes has created the first comprehensive system of its kind to protect these young athletes -- and the USAIGC has made a tremendously positive move by adopting that system.”
For more information about USAIGC, visit www.USAIGC.com. For more information about Safe4Athletes, visit www.safe4athletes.org.