It has been my intent to terminate this agreement since I began as president and CEO in December.
Our most important priority is our athletes, and their training environment must reflect this.
Information has changed since this article was published. Performing criminal background checks on the people who will be working with the children in your care is not only a standard of the American Camp Association (ACA); it is your obligation to the families that have entrusted you with their kids.
(For more information on this advocacy effort, read the information about the online at ACA's Web site.) Any ACA camp is eligible to participate in the pilot program (called PROTECTScreen) at any time, whether you need one check done, or thousands.But Maggie Nichols, an Olympic hopeful for the 2016 Rio team, was overheard at the ranch talking to her teammates about Nassar’s odd behavior by her coach, and that coach reported the conversation to Nichols’ parents and to USA Gymnastics.It wasn’t until weeks later that the organization reported the complaints to law enforcement, according to Nichols’ mother, who has since filed a lawsuit against Nassar and USA Gymnastics.Then, in May 2017, a year after USA Gymnastics announced it was going to buy the ranch from the Karolyis, the organization backed out of the sale.The organization was facing heavy criticism about the way the training camps at the ranch were conducted — parents are not allowed while the athletes, often under-age minors, lived and trained for a week with little outside supervision.