The Threat is All Too Real
Sometimes our job as CVPAs can be a bit tedious - sorting through volunteer applications, entering information on eAYSO, etc. Our job, however, is not about paperwork; it is about protecting children. And although there have been great advancements in the area of child protection, it is obvious from just a glance at the daily news that children are still at risk.
For example, on Dec. 8, 2009 in Jefferson County, Texas, a grand jury indicted a softball coach accused of sexually assaulting a 13 year old child. In another recent story, a youth baseball coach accused of child sex abuse earlier in 2009 has disappeared after failing to show up for a court hearing. At the time of his arrest, the man had a foreign exchange student living at his home - the student was transferred to another home immediately upon the arrest. These stories are not meant to shock you, but to serve as reminders that the role of the CVPA is critically important. Children are vulnerable and rely on us to ensure that they are protected from abuse. This is accomplished only through a multi-layer system of volunteer screening, education and training and enforcement of the AYSO Supervision Ratio. You, as the CVPA, are pivotal to our ability to provide a safe and healthy environment for our children, protecting them from these all-too-real threats.