COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey announced today it has formally joined the United States Olympic Committee’s "Make the Commitment to Stop Abuse in Sport" campaign.
“We applaud the efforts of the USOC,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “We’ve always been focused on providing the best possible environment for our participants, particularly children. By signing on to be part of this initiative, we’re reinforcing to all those involved in USA Hockey our continued commitment and emphasis on ensuring a safe and abuse-free environment for everyone.
"While we made the commitment as an organization, we encourage everyone associated with USA Hockey to go the USOC website and make the commitment as an individual."
USA Hockey has long been a leader in the youth sports community in safety, both on and off the ice. The organization announced this fall its USA Hockey SafeSport program, an enhancement to its off-ice safety initiatives.
As part of the continued implementation of USA Hockey SafeSport, over the course of the next two weeks USA Hockey will be reaching out to its coaches, volunteers, staff and officials to provide them access to USA Hockey SafeSport online training, which is focused on reducing, recognizing and responding to potential abuse situations.
“We know that statistics clearly show that abuse happens throughout society, including in the youth sports environment,” said Ogrean. “We’ll continue to be vigilant in utilizing all resources available to influence the elimination of unacceptable behavior.”