Partnership Emphasizes US Lacrosse’s Commitment to Safety and Highlights Need for Safety Programs in Youth Sports Across the Country
MINNEAPOLIS, March 4, 2020 — SportsEngine, Inc., an NBC Sports Group company, and the leading provider of sport relationship management software, announced today that it has reached a milestone in its subsidiary National Center for Safety Initiatives’ (NCSI) partnership with US Lacrosse, conducting over 30,000 coach and volunteer background screens for the organization.
Baltimore, MD-based US Lacrosse is the national governing body for the sport of lacrosse and serves more than 450,000 members annually. Background screenings for US Lacrosse member coaches are covered in full as part of membership and are completed by NCSI, the exclusive background screening partner for US Lacrosse.
As part of the organization’s effort to bolster its commitment to safety and meet current safety guidelines and best practices, US Lacrosse requires all of its coaches to complete and pass a background check in order to be eligible to participate in lacrosse-related activities. The organization set a goal to have 30,000 coaches and volunteers background screened by April 2020 and US Lacrosse surpassed that goal in January 2020.
NCSI background checks are considered the “Gold Standard” for youth sports organizations and national governing bodies across the country and they are the only background check provider endorsed by the National Council of Youth Sports.
“A key part of our mission is to help provide safe and positive experiences for youth athletes and we are proud to see US Lacrosse leading the way to protect their athletes on and off the field,” stated Trish Sylvia, Vice President, NCSI. “US Lacrosse is a world-class organization setting the example for others in their commitment to safety and we look forward to continuing our partnership.”
“We’re proud of the progress we’ve made with NCSI as our background check provider,” stated Bruce Griffin, director for US Lacrosse’s Center for Sport Science. “We took it upon ourselves to evaluate the differences between background checks and we learned that while there are many options out there, not all background checks are created equal. As we begin to ramp up for the next season, we want our families to know that US Lacrosse stands for something vitally important – player safety.”
About SportsEngine, Inc.
Helping the world play smarter and live more, SportsEngine, Inc., an NBC Sports Group company, is the leading provider of sport relationship management software serving millions of coaches, parents, athletes, clubs, leagues, governing bodies, and associations through its software platforms. National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) is a youth safety advocacy group and leading background screening provider. A wholly-owned subsidiary of SportsEngine, Inc., NCSI provides the “Gold Standard” in background screening, serving thousands of youth sports organizations, over 60 national governing bodies and city and county civic and recreation departments across the country. NCSI is accredited by the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) and is the only background check provider endorsed by the National Council of Youth Sports. For more information, please visit SportsEngine.com/corp or NCSISafe.com.
About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse and the home of the nation’s fastest-growing team sport. US Lacrosse, which coordinates all activities of the U.S. National Teams Program, has nearly 450,000 members across the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse provides programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the sport. For more information, please visit www.uslacrosse.org or follow @uslacrosse on social media.