By Sharon Robb
PEMBROKE PINES, January 23, 2019—South Florida Aquatic Club reached a milestone by becoming the first Florida Gold Coast Club to receive USA Swimming Safe Sport recognition.
The USA Swimming Safe Sport Program raises awareness about misconduct in swimming, promotes open dialogue, and provides training and resources. USA Swimming is committed to making swimming safe for everyone.
SOFLO and other USA Swimming members will use the policies, guidelines, best practices, strategies and tools to create a safe atmosphere at SOFLO’s home Academic Village Pool and away meets.
USA Swimming put together a Safe Sport handbook which is designed to help USA Swimming members to implement safe sport practices at the local level. The handbook is online and also is mailed to each of USA Swimming’s 2,790 member clubs.
SOFLO CEO and head coach Chris Anderson is committed to fostering a fun, healthy and safe sport environment for all its members including swimmers, parents and coaches.
Earlier this week Anderson was informed that SOFLO was the first FGC club to receive Safe Sport recognition.
Trish Hughes, Administrative Assistant for USA Swimming, wrote:
“Congratulations on achieving Safe Sport Recognized status for South Florida Aquatic Club. I hope that you found the process of policy review and education beneficial. I have copied your general chair, Safe Sport chair, and the Southern Zone Safe Sport coordinator on this message, because good work should be celebrated.”
USA Swimming is hosting a Prevention Convention 360, Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at the Colorado Springs Marriott. The conference will explore a holistic approach to abuse prevention in sport and cultivating healthy, positive, and inclusive swim clubs and other youth-serving organizations. Conference speakers will explore the what, why, and how of abuse, survivorship, and safe communities.
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