Connect Sports is proud to announce it will partner with the U.S. Center for SafeSport (the Center) to bring comprehensive abuse prevention training to sports tourism professionals. The Center conducted a presentation at Connect Sports’ annual conference, held this year in Salt Lake City, Aug. 23-25.
In this partnership, Connect Sports is putting itself at the forefront of the biggest issue facing athletics. The Center is a leader in protecting athletes on and off the field of play and providing education, awareness and outreach to myriad organizations, including the U.S. Olympic Movements’ national governing bodies attending Connect Sports, the annual conference featuring the world’s largest collection of rights holders and sports planning organizations.
“We are proud to work with Connect Sports to bring the Center’s abuse prevention training to thousands of sports participants, including sports meeting planners, visitors’ bureaus, venues and facilities,” said Shellie Pfohl, president and CEO of the U.S. Center for SafeSport. “It’s critical that everyone who interacts with athletes receives the proper training and resources to ensure a safe, supported and strengthened sports environment.”
Patrick Higgins, SDL, vice president of meeting and events at Connect, says the Center’s work is at the very heart of what all sports tourism officials should be focusing on.
“It’s time that the sports tourism industry as a whole steps up to keep our athletes safe,” says Higgins. “This first-of-its-kind partnership with the U.S. Center for SafeSport will allow CVBs, sports commissions, hotels and venues to educate and certify themselves in how to protect traveling athletes from all forms of abuse. All it takes is one person to make a difference in the life of a youth athlete during their traveling experience.”