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OUR MISSION

The CoachSafely Foundation exists to deliver impactful sports safety and injury prevention education to coaches of child athletes.

HISTORY

The CoachSafely concept was originally trademarked and developed as a youth sports safety consultancy to national organizations in December 2013, and was later converted into a policy-lobbying nonprofit in August 2017. After the Coach Safely Act was passed in Alabama in April 2018, the CoachSafely Foundation was amended and restated as a 501(c)3 research and education organization to implement and advance the Law.

The mission of the Foundation is to research and advocate for best practices and policies that prevent youth sports injuries, and to use this information to educate coaches of youth athletes.

Former coach Jack Crowe is the Founder and Board Chairman of the CoachSafely Foundation. The concept developed out of his four-year period (2013-2016) consulting with the National Council of Youth Sports Safety, the NCAA, the Aspen Institute, the Andrews Institute, Safe Kids and Children’s of Alabama. With the support of sports medicine professionals, public policy and youth sports leaders, the CoachSafely concept evolved from being a consultancy into a policy-based organization, lobbying to mandate that coaches of child athletes (ages 14 and under) be educated in youth sports injury prevention.

Since the passage of the Coach Safely Act in Alabama (April 2018), the Foundation has dedicated its work to designing and producing the online course curriculum and reporting system to meet and exceed the requirements of the law. We are now focused on developing a national platform that we are confident will be considered the safety standard in youth sports.

The course curriculum, as well as its delivery and reporting system, is funded through charitable gifts solicited and managed by the Foundation. The course curriculum content was holistically developed by experts in their fields, serving as the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The Foundation makes a great impact in communities through its collaboration with state agencies and sports associations.

The Foundation’s long-term vision is to replicate the Coach Safely Act on a national level by collecting data and statistics for influencers who are advocating for mandated coaching education in sports safety.

CORE VALUES

Our organization operates using core values that inspire and drive everything we do. We believe in words and actions that are:

EVIDENCE-BASED
The sources of all medical information promoted and distributed by the CoachSafely brand is the STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) program of the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine and the Andrews Research and Education Foundation.
TECHNOLOGY INSPIRED
Ubiquitous state of the art technology is required to meet the challenge of an unfunded statewide mandate to deliver the CoachSafely course content across the varied demographics of every municipality and provide a registry of successful completion.
COLLABORATIVE
Value-added strategic partnering is the core principle in the execution of the CoachSafely mission. ThreatAdvice, technology partner, has a statewide history of delivering training to local banks. Encore Rehabilitation has a sports medicine footprint that covers every corner of the state of Alabama. And Children’s of Alabama partners to provide medical oversight and leadership.
COMPREHENSIVE
CoachSafely represents a total risk management solution in youth sports injury prevention and care. Starting with research the CoachSafely brand represents cutting edge of medical information as well as administrative efficiencies and compliance.
BEST PRACTICES
A nationwide network of recognized thought leaders contributes to the recommendations that CoachSafely represents to each and every community. Continuous improvements to the community recreation practices in risk management and in the mitigating of youth sports injuries is a core value of CoachSafely. Best practices in educating volunteer coaches is at the center of the CoachSafely core values.