A youth sports summit in Alexandria, VA this week seeks to develop practices to address and prevent child abuse. The summit, organized by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, expects over 50 organizations from across the youth sports spectrum to attend, including Special Olympics, USA Swimming, and more.
The summit was organized to help prevent future situations along the lines of the Jerry Sandusky situation at Penn State. While not a new situation, the fact that it was a high profile situation helped draw attention to the important issue.
Moving forward, we’ll see what progress emerges from the summit and how many of the attending organizations alter their policies as a result. At the very least, the summit is a great step towards continuing to raise awareness of this very important issue.