AAU new background screening to begin in September

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Amateur Athletic Union has announced it will begin mandatory background checks on all staff, coaches and volunteers in September.

AAU president Louis Stout said Tuesday during a press conference at the organization's national office the screening of more than 100,000 adults who work with youth athletes coincides with the new membership cycle. No one will be exempt from the screening and any questionable information it turns up could disqualify people from participation in AAU programs.

Everyone involved in programs will also be required to report known or suspected child abuse to law enforcement.

The moves follow a six-month review by two AAU-commissioned task forces that focused on youth protection and adult volunteering screening. They produced a joint 30-page report with recommendations for changes to AAU's policies, protocols and procedures.

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