Amateur Athletic Union Background Checks Find 150 Adult Participants Could Be Potential Threat to Children

 The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) – one of the largest non-profit and volunteer sports organizations in the United States – said in a statement that background checks of 27,000 adult participants between September 1 and October 15, 2012 found 150 adults with issues “that could prove to be problematic for AAU membership.” The AAU is performing background checks on more than 100,000 coaches, adult athletes, volunteers, and staff to identify potential threats to child athletes including pedophiles and people convicted of drug offenses.  A story from BloombergBusinessweek concerning the AAU statement is available at:

As previously reported in the ESR News blog ‘AAU Implements Background Check Program for Staff and Volunteers to Ensure Safety of Youth Athletes,’ the AAU released a comprehensive report from two independent task forces – ‘Recommendations to the Amateur Athletic Union from the Youth Protections and Adult/Volunteer Screening Task Forces’ – in June 2012. The AAU also announced actions to implement steps to protect the well-being of hundreds of thousands of young athletes that included requiring that all adults involved in AAU activities undergo detailed background checks. The full 31-page report is available at

The report released by the AAU also called for adopting clear policies and procedures designed to ensure that young athletes are never left alone with individual adults and requiring all AAU volunteers and staff to report any incidents of suspected child abuse to law enforcement and AAU officials. In the report, the task forces – the Youth Protection Task Force and the Adult/Volunteer Screening Task Force – were made up of nationally recognized experts in child protection and law enforcement and offered 42 recommendations for changes in AAU policies, procedures, and protocols that covered six broad subject areas: culture, protocols, screening, participation, training, and reporting.

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