Sports are an American pastime, and one that can offer a variety of physical, mental, and social benefits for those who take part. However, it has become clear that sexual, emotional, and physical abuse occur in the context of sport at higher rates than previously understood or acknowledged. In this presentation, we will discuss the U.S. Center for Safesport’s creation and its current work which involves education, prevention, and organizational and individual accountability. We will also talk through the current response and resolution process of receiving and investigating allegations of misconduct and abuse. Finally, we will utilize specific case studies involving sexual abuse of minors to discuss the ways in which the Center collaborates with organizations across the country to obtain the best outcomes in matters that involve abuse.
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Patrick Caldwell joined the U.S. Center for SafeSport as a Training Manager in October 2021. He is responsible for helping create, manage, and facilitate the Center’s abuse prevention training programs. Prior to the Center, Mr. Caldwell spent 15 years with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, first as a case manager and culminating in heading the training, education, and volunteer enrollment efforts for the non-profit. In that role, he was responsible for designing and delivering trainings for a variety of audiences on, among other topics, child safety, red flags, self-advocacy, and trauma-informed mentoring. For the last six years, Mr. Caldwell was also the Research Liaison between BBBSC and the University of Illinois at Chicago and Portland State University, looking into how exactly mentoring helps young people avoid involvement with the juvenile justice system and how adult/youth mentoring relationships endure.
Bobby N. Click, Jr. is Vice President of Response & Resolution at the U.S. Center for SafeSport. He leads a team of more than 60 individuals who are responsible for resolving thousands of allegations of abuse each year. A native of Alabama, Mr. Click is an experienced attorney with extensive courtroom knowledge and comprehensive investigative skills. Mr. Click began his legal practice as an Assistant Public Defender in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he developed a passion for criminal law. His legal experience also includes years of work for Southeastern U.S. civil defense firms. He has successfully represented thousands of clients across the United States, having successfully tried cases in front of judges and juries in district, circuit, and federal courts as well as in arbitrations. Mr. Click holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and a juris doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar.