(April 27, 2022 — Indianapolis, Ind. and Charlotte, N.C.) – USATF today announced it has engaged RealResponse, (@RealResponseHQ), the award-winning leading safe and secure feedback, monitoring and anonymous reporting platform for athletic teams and organizations, as their platform to track, monitor and proactively address issues encountered by their athletes, coaches and staff. The system allows USATF (@usatf) members to anonymously report, in real-time, from their mobile phones and will officially launch in the next week.
USATF will use the platform as an additional resource in its Safe Sport portfolio. Included in the deal is the ability to receive and respond to real-time questions, feedback, concerns, and more, via text – a medium people already frequently use and trust. RealResponse’s platform creates yet another way for individuals to immediately report a complaint regarding Safe Sport violations, anti-doping reports, and whistle blower reports, in addition to USATF’s already existing methods of reporting (i.e., online form, phone, email).
USATF CEO Max Siegel said, “We prioritized an additional reporting system that is seamless, simple, and safe. This real-time reporting platform allows us to provide that service.” He went on to say, “Encouraging and implementing safe environments for all our members is our utmost priority, this platform helps us support those endeavors.”
“USATF is one of the nation’s premier athletic organizations and I applaud their efforts to help protect their athletes, coaches and staff through a variety of initiatives, including the implementation of the RealResponse platform,” said David Chadwick, Founder and CEO of RealResponse. “We believe strongly that providing a real-time, easy-to-use reporting tool is critical to USATF’s efforts to prevent potential misconduct and to quickly respond when it does occur. We are proud to partner with an organization such as USATF that shares our values and goals.”
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the national governing body for track and field, long-distance running, and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country’s No. 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit www.usatf.org.
Originally founded in 2015 and then expanded in 2020, RealResponse is a partner with more than 100 colleges and universities as well as with the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL, the NFLPA, USADA, the NWSL and several member clubs, and USA Gymnastics, giving more than 150,000 athletes and staff the ability to anonymously share feedback and concerns in a safe and secure manner. RealResponse is an online platform that allows for real-time reporting, surveys, and as a document repository. Organizations can also benchmark metrics to peer and national averages to identify areas of competitive advantage and vulnerability. Additional partnerships with international organizations, colleges and professional sports properties are expected in 2022. In 2021, RealResponse was recognized by the Charlotte Business Journal as one of the “Fifty Most Innovative Companies in the Region.” For more in-formation about RealResponse, visit realresponse.com.
Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/new-deal-to-help-usa-track-and-field-simplify-abuse-reporting/2022/04/28/33f59316-c6ff-11ec-8cff-33b059f4c1b7_story.html