In this Newsletter

Volume 8
October 2014

  1. Welcome
  2. Safe Sport Updates
  3. Resources
  4. Remind Your Clubs
  5. Safe Sport Awareness 

13 Helpful Links

  1. USA Swimming Safe Sport
  2. USA Swimming Education
  3. USOC Safe Sport
  4. Stop It Now! Child Sexual Abuse Prevent
  5. National Children's Advocacy Center
  6. Stop bullying
  7. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  8. Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
  9. Child Welfare League of America
  10. Safe 4 Athletes
  11. radKIDS
  12. National Children's Advocacy Center Lookup
  13. Safe Horizon

USA Swimming Safe Sport Contacts

Susan Woessner,
Director of Safe Sport

Elizabeth Hoendervoogt,
Safe Sport Coordinator

Maggie Vail,
Safe Sport Education Specialist

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The purpose of this newsletter is to provide a foundation that allows for direct on-going communication with each of you. Information contained within will cover the most current Safe Sport related information. If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions, please e-mail us at

Safe Sport Updates

The USA Swimming Convention concluded a couple weeks ago and the workshops on Safe Sport went really well. At the House of Delegates, all the proposed Safe Sport legislation passed. To access all the 2014 adopted legislation please go here.

Please help us welcome Maggie Vail, the newest addition to the USA Swimming Safe Sport Staff. Maggie completed a master of social work at the University of Michigan and has experience in victim advocacy, community education, research and program development. In her role at USA Swimming, Maggie will serve as the Safe Sport Education Specialist responsible for training and education outreach for members. This is a brand new position for USA Swimming and we are thrilled to have Maggie on board!


October is National Bullying Prevention Month! Here are two great resources to help you bring awareness and support to your members:

Kidpower is a global nonprofit leader in personal safety. Instead of using fear to teach about violence prevention, the Kidpower Method makes it fun to learn to be safe, building habits that can increase the safety of young people and adults alike. You can make the ‘Kidpower Put Safety First Commitment’ here

Please check out the Mean Stinks campaign from the deodorant company Secret! This campaign hopes to be a place where nice prevails and girl-to-girl bullying comes to an end. It shares anti-bullying tips, tools and challenges to help stop bullying in its tracks. You can submit your own solutions, download posters and show off your blue pinky finger in support of the fight against bullying. 

Remind Your Clubs

The Athlete Protection Training is now required every other year, not every year. All Athlete Protection Training expiration dates expiring December 2014 have been pushed back to expire on Dec. 31, 2015. A new member who has not taken the training will still need to complete the training as a condition of membership. Should you have any questions about this please contact

Safe Sport Awareness

USA Swimming Olympian Margaret Hoelzer recently did a Tedx talk about her experience as a survivor of child sexual abuse and how swimming became her safe haven to help her overcome it. Margaret shares her experience to show that you can overcome anything and go on to be successful. She also hopes that this will be a positive example of what a great impact our sport can be for youth and help demonstrate what the USA Swimming’s Safe Sport initiative is all about. Please view the full talk on YouTube here.

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