April 20, 2011
U.S. Olympic Committee names Malia Arrington
Director of Ethics and Safe Sport
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) has hired Malia Arrington as director of ethics and safe sport. Arrington will report to Rana Dershowitz, USOC general counsel and chief of legal and government affairs, for ethics matters and to Rick Adams, director of NGB organizational development, for her safe sport work.
The safe sport position was created as a result of the recommendations of the USOC’s Working Group for Safe Training Environments, led by four-time U.S. Olympian and recently-appointed USOC board member Nina Kemppel.
In its report, the working group encouraged the USOC to take a "leadership role" in promoting safe training environments, a charge Arrington will direct. Among other things, Arrington will be tasked with the development of centralized and standardized resources for use by National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and will work to encourage NGBs to adopt policies, practices, programs and tools to address sexual and physical misconduct.
"Ensuring young athletes are able to train in a safe environment is an incredibly high priority for our organization. Malia is a great fit for this new and important position, and we’re grateful that she’s agreed to help us implement initiatives which will help us to keep kids safe," said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. "Malia will also manage all of our internal ethics programs, ensuring that as an organization we continue to live up to the ideals of the Olympic Movement."
Prior to joining the USOC, Arrington served as an associate in the Denver, Colo. offices of Reilly Pozner, LLP and Dorsey & Whitney, LLP.
Distinguished among law professionals, Arrington was recognized as a Super Lawyer "Colorado Rising Star" (Appellate) in 2011. She has served judicial clerkships in Colorado, and a judicial internship in the Netherlands. Additionally, she is a member of the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee and was a mentor for the Bridgeway Home for Girls.
Arrington’s law experience coincides with her background in sports. While obtaining a bachelor’s degree in international studies at Emory University, she was also a member of the varsity soccer team and coached youth soccer in Atlanta. She also has a J.D. and master’s degree in biomedical ethics from the University of Virginia.
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