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August 2017 42 t SPORT Report said Galimore. "We also provide network- ing and resources for legislative issues associated with gym club ownership." Another way the organization is provid- ing for gymnasts is the expansion of the Xcel Program, which is designed to offer a broad-based, affordable competitive experi- ence outside the traditional Junior Olympic Program. Women's gymnastics established the Xcel Program a few years ago—and has had great success—while it was just added to the available programs in men's. "These complement the elite development programs, including the Talent Opportunity Programs for women's gymnastics and Future Stars for men's and rhythmic gym- nastics," said Galimore. USA Gymnastics has also been hands- on in tackling another topic important to the sport that has been making headlines: athlete safety. On June 26, the organization adopted the SafeSport Policy, accepting the recommendations contained in a compre- hensive, independent review of its handling of safe sport matters. "The health and well-being of our athletes are a top prior- ity and USA Gymnastics is committed to promoting a safe environment for all gym- nastics disciplines," Galimore said. "We strengthened our safe sport efforts with the adoption of this policy." The SafeSport Policy provides important requirements and information on manda- tory reporting and proactive policies that empower athletes and guide athlete-coach interactions. The organization hired two new staff members in July to lead the way in focusing on athlete protection. Toby Stark was hired as director of safe sport and she will oversee, coordinate and com- municate all aspects of USA Gymnastics safe sport policies, guidelines, educational programs, reporting and adjudication ser- vices, as well as report safe sport matters to the board of directors. Mark Busby is pro- viding in-house legal counsel, handling all information provided to USA Gymnastics about potential abuse, direct required inves- tigations and coordinate cases with the U.S. Center for SafeSport, as needed. "The SafeSport Policy includes key updates to USA Gymnastics safe sport policies and procedures," Galimore said. "The policy outlines the scope of the organization's commitment to promoting a safe environ- ment, requirements and expectations placed on members, and incorporates the authority and jurisdiction of the U.S. Center for SafeSport." While so much is going on to improve the sport where possible, a lot is happen- ing on the event side as well, keeping CVBs and sports commissions across the country busy in making sure each event is a success. The 2017 P&G Gymnastics Championships are being held over four days at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., in August. "Anaheim previous- ly hosted the 2003 World Gymnastics TRAVELING TEAMS® is the leading hotel service provider for youth sports in the U.S. For over 16 years we've specialized in youth sports accommodations, offering the maximum sponsorship available to our clients nationwide. Our clients appreciate our customized full-service approach, tracking, reporting and technology. Our national partnerships with hotels allow us to secure the best inventory at the lowest online rates in any market. We value and are proud of our working relationships with hundreds of CVBs and sports commissions nationwide. Official Sponsors of S.P.O.R.T.S. The Relationship Conference

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