This Wednesday, in the Class of 1949 Auditorium in Houston Hall, Penn will host a symposium to address abuse within athletics. The event is sponsored by the University, CHILD USA, and the Ortner Center on Violence and Abuse in Relationships.
The symposium, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., is designed to address the issues surrounding abuse from youth to professional athletics. According to a press release, this marks the first time that the University has taken a close look at this problem across all sports and age groups.
The keynote speaker of the symposium is Dominique Moceanu, an Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics. Other panelists include former MLB outfielder Doug Glanville; three-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Nancy Hogshead-Makar, CEO of the United States Center for Safesport Shellie Pfohl, and former NFL defensive end Justin Tuck.
The discussion aims to shed light on changes that need to be implemented in order to prevent future abuse in the sports world. Overall, abuse in youth sports, high school and college athletics, Olympic-level athletics, and professional sports will be covered over the course of four separate panels.
More information on the event and on abuse in athletics can be found at CHILD USA.