U.S. Youth Soccer announced on Wednesday that it is partnering with Abuse Prevention Systems and Pullen Insurance Services to address the risk of child sexual abuse in youth soccer by offering sexual abuse awareness training to roughly 350,000 coaches, volunteers, referees and parents.
Through the partnership, U.S. Youth Soccer will now provide training and resources for each of its state soccer associations in collaboration with Abuse Prevention Systems.
“U.S. Youth Soccer is always looking for valuable resources to provide soccer families through our member State Associations,” Chris Moore, CEO of U.S. Youth Soccer. “We are excited about this opportunity and the positive impact the Abuse Prevention Systems program can have in educating our members and increasing awareness about the risks of sexual abuse.”
Gregory Love and Kimberlee Norris, two law partners, founded Abuse Prevention Systems to help organizations reduce the risk of child sexual abuse in youth sports, as well as other children’s programs. The two have provided consulting and training services to organizations such as the United States Olympic Committee, USA Volleyball, USA Rowing, Major League Lacrosse, and others, in the last 15 years.
“The value of youth sport activities for children cannot be overstated, but youth sport can also present an environment of significant risk. It’s rewarding to help the nation’s largest youth sport organization raise its protective barriers,” Love said in a statement.
“We are living in an environment where no one can any longer choose to ignore this risk,” Norris added. “I’m very pleased that US Youth Soccer is taking this proactive step.”