Spring

USOC forms Working Group for Safe Training Environments

June

Ten-member Working Group for Safe Training Environments conducts first meeting

September

USOC board receives the Working Group report and adopts policy statement condemning sexual and physical abuse

December

USOC board authorizes necessary financial and human resources for SafeSport initiative 

April

USOC hires director of ethics and safe sport

December

USOC Training Center Access Protocol formally established 

March-April

USOC delivers all resources recommended by the Working Group report and launches SafeSport program

  • SafeSport handbook created and endorsed by USOC National Governing Bodies Council
  • Launched safesport.org, a website with free, video-based online training, and sample policies and procedures
  • Established SafeSport Legal Referral Network to provide legal support to NGBs free of charge to aid them in appropriately investigating claims of athlete maltreatment
December

USOC board approves athlete safety policy 

April

USOC launches public awareness campaign

December

USOC implements mandatory minimum standards, committing to a higher standard than recommended by the Working Group 

June

USOC board approves creating an independent safe sport entity

January

USOC begins auditing against NGB minimum standards for athlete safety

September

U.S. Center for SafeSport's nominating and governance committee established

December

USOC board votes to amend its bylaws to make Center participation a requirement of membership 

January

Independent U.S. Center for SafeSport board seated; first meeting held Jan. 28

June

USOC board votes to approve the launch of the safe sport entity

November

U.S. Center for SafeSport hires CEO 

March

U.S. Center for SafeSport launches; policies and procedures effective

April

USOC engages firm to audit internal and NGB compliance with SafeSport policies

June

NGB Athlete Safety Policy approved and effective

October

SafeSport audits shared with NGBs and published on TeamUSA.org, with follow-up audits conducted until all standards were met by each organization

February

USOC hires independent investigator to examine handling of Larry Nassar case; announces additional reforms and actions to further protect athletes

  • Provide funding and resources for athletes who have suffered abuse
  • Form an advisory group to guide the USOC on stronger safeguards against abuse 
  • Review the USOC and NGB governance structure as defined by the Ted Stevens Amateur Sports Act
  • Evaluate USOC SafeSport procedures to ensure allegations of abuse are reported to the U.S. Center for SafeSport and law enforcement, and that necessary follow-ups occur
  • Double funding of the U.S. Center for SafeSport 
  • Ensure athletes have a stronger voice within the USOC
  • Work with USA Gymnastics to address governance and culture issues