INDIANAPOLIS, February 24, 2021 – USA Gymnastics has engaged RealResponse, a web-based communications platform, to provide National Team members and elite-track athletes from all disciplines an easy-to-use communications tool to instantly share anonymous feedback and other critical information with the organization.
RealResponse, which has been widely utilized at the collegiate and professional level, allows athletes to immediately and anonymously report concerns, such as safety issues, mental health concerns or COVID-19 protocol violations. USA Gymnastics staff will be able to respond to these reports in real time and connect athletes with critical resources directly from the system. It also includes a survey tool which will provide USA Gymnastics with a more efficient channel to proactively solicit athlete feedback, enabling athletes to directly weigh in on decisions that affect them.
“Our commitment to listening to athletes and incorporating their feedback requires that we provide avenues for them to easily and safely share their perspectives with us,” says USA Gymnastics Chief Executive Officer Li Li Leung. “We are pleased to partner with RealResponse to offer athletes a tool that enables that communication to happen anonymously and in real-time, so that we can quickly incorporate or react to their input.”
While the athlete reports will allow USA Gymnastics to respond quickly to individual matters, the aggregated data and survey responses will provide actionable data to help the organization better identify and respond to trends affecting elite and elite-track gymnasts across disciplines. USA Gymnastics sees this tool as a potential resource for member clubs and will be working closely with RealResponse on a broader community launch.
“It is an honor to be supporting USA Gymnastics in their mission of prioritizing athlete welfare,” said RealResponse founder and CEO, David Chadwick. “Creating a safe, accountable environment for athletes and coaches was a driving force for developing the RealResponse plat-form. We are excited to expand the success we’ve had within collegiate and professional sports to the USA Gymnastics community.”
RealResponse is the leading feedback and anonymous reporting platform trusted by over 50,000 athletes, enabling clients to identify and respond to needs and concerns within their organization. Our powerful web-based platform offers three solutions: a survey tool for athletes to share feedback; an Anonymous Real-Time Reporting tool to empower athletes to report concerns anonymously in real time; and a centralized Documentation Repository for key personnel to securely store and track sensitive information. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, RealResponse helps athletic organizations create a safe and accountable environment, including collegiate athletic departments from every FBS Conference, Professional Players Associations including the National Football League Players Association, and National Governing Bodies. For more information about RealResponse, visit www.realresponse.com.