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USATF Commits RealResponse to Combat Abuse in Sports

(April 28, 2022 – Indianapolis, Indiana and Charlotte, North Carolina) – The USATF today announced that it has engaged RealResponse, (@RealResponseHQ), the leading, award-winning anonymous feedback, monitoring, and reporting platform for sports teams and organizations, as the platform for proactively track, monitor and resolve issues faced by their athletes, coaches and staff. The system allows USATF members (@usatf) to report anonymously, in real time, from their cell phones and will officially launch next week.

The USATF will use the platform as an additional resource in its Safe Sport portfolio. The offering includes the ability to receive and respond to questions, comments, concerns, etc. in real time via SMS – a medium that people already use frequently and trust. RealResponse’s platform creates another way for individuals to immediately report a complaint about Safe Sport violations, doping reports, and whistleblower reports, in addition to the USATF’s already existing reporting methods (this is i.e., online form, phone, email).

USATF CEO Max Siegel said, “We have prioritized an additional reporting system that is transparent, simple, and secure. This real-time reporting platform allows us to provide this service. He went on to say, “Encouraging and building safe environments for all of our members is our top priority, this platform helps us support those efforts.”

“The USATF is one of the nation’s premier sports organizations and I applaud their efforts to help protect their athletes, coaches and staff through various initiatives, including the implementation of the RealResponse platform,” said said David Chadwick, Founder and CEO of RealResponse. “We strongly believe that providing a real-time, easy-to-use reporting tool is essential to the USATF’s efforts to prevent potential misconduct and respond quickly when it occurs. We are proud to partner with an organization such as USATF who shares our values ​​and goals.”

About the USATF

USA Track & Field (USATF) is the national governing body for track and field, distance running and walking in the United States. The USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events on Olympic broadcasts, the #1 crowdsourced high school and college sport in the nation, and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information about the USATF, visit www.usatf.org.

About RealResponse

Originally founded in 2015 and expanded in 2020, RealResponse partners with over 100 colleges and universities as well as the heads of the Denver Broncos and Kansas City NFL, NFLPA, USADA, NWSL and several member clubs, and the United States. Gymnastics, giving over 150,000 athletes and staff the ability to anonymously share feedback and concerns in a safe and secure way. RealResponse is an online platform that enables real-time reporting, surveys, and a document repository. Organizations can also compare 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 information on RealResponse, visit realresponse.com.