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H.R. 5252: Keep Young Athletes Safe Act of 2018

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 13, 2018 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5252

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 13, 2018

(for himself, Ms. Kuster of New Hampshire, Ms. Frankel of Florida, Mrs. Brooks of Indiana, Mrs. Dingell, Mr. Duncan of Tennessee, Mr. Burgess, Mr. Thomas J. Rooney of Florida, Mr. Upton, and Mr. Bishop of Michigan) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend title 36, United States Code, to authorize a grant to protect young athletes from abuse, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Keep Young Athletes Safe Act of 2018.

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Grant to protect young athletes from abuse

(a)

In general

Chapter 2205 of title 36, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

III

Grant To Keep Young Athletes Safe

220531.

Grant to protect young athletes from abuse

(a)

Authority

The Attorney General may award a grant to an eligible nonprofit nongovernmental entity in order to support oversight of the United States Olympic Committee, each national governing body, and each paralympic sports organization with regard to safeguarding amateur athletes against abuse, including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse in sports.

(b)

Applications

To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, a nonprofit nongovernmental entity shall submit an application to the Attorney General at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Attorney General may require, including information that demonstrates that the entity has—

(1)

nationally recognized expertise in preventing and investigating emotional, physical, and sexual abuse in the athletic programs of the United States Olympic Committee, each national governing body, and each paralympic sports organization; and

(2)

the capacity to oversee regular and random audits to ensure that the policies and procedures used by the United States Olympic Committee, each national governing body, and each paralympic sports organization to prevent the abuse of an amateur athlete are followed correctly.

(c)

Use of grant amount

An entity that receives a grant under this section may use such funds—

(1)

to develop and test new training materials for emotional, physical, and sexual abuse prevention education in youth athletic programs;

(2)

for staff salaries, travel expenses, equipment, printing, and other reasonable expenses necessary to develop, maintain, and disseminate to the United States Olympic Committee, each national governing body, each paralympic sports organization, and other amateur sports organizations information about safeguarding amateur athletes against abuse, including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse in sports; and

(3)

to oversee the administration of the procedures described in subsection (b)(2).

(d)

Authorization of appropriations

(1)

In general

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $2,500,000 for each of the fiscal years 2018 through 2022.

(2)

Availability of grant funds

Funds appropriated under this section shall remain available until expended.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections for chapter 2205 of title 36, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item related to section 220529 the following:

Subchapter III—Grant To Keep Young Athletes Safe

220531. Grant to protect young athletes from abuse.

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