National Council for Spirit Safety and Education Press Release
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NCSSE Partners with American Red Cross and Respect in Sport USA

Enterprise, AL-(June 24, 2008)- The National Council for Spirit Safety and Education (NCSSE) has forged a partnership with CrossConfirm, an authorized provider of the American Red Cross, to endorse and offer its Respect in Sport USA program to all coaches in NCSSE constituent organizations.  Respect in Sport USA (www.RespectInSportUSA.com) is an internationally recognized program that educates coaches and protects youth athletes in the areas of bullying, harassment, neglect and various forms of abuse.  Respect in Sport USA is delivered via the American Red Cross' world-class online distance learning platform, which trains individuals in all 50 states and 34 countries around the world.
 
"We are absolutely thrilled that the NCSSE is once again taking the lead in protecting youth athletes.  We are proud to be working with them, and fully expect that more organizations will follow the NCSSE's example," said Kent Burns, Founder and President of CrossConfirm.
 
Debbie Bracewell, Executive Director of the NCSSE, added, "We are excited to be working with the American Red Cross and Respect in Sport in this joint endeavor to enhance cheerleading safety and coaching education. This program addresses risk management, maltreatment, and abuse prevention thus giving our coaches the skills to become proactive in recognizing these problems and making the team environment safer."
 
Celebrating its fifth year as a leader in cheer safety certification, the National Council for Spirit Safety and Education (NCSSE) has become the international source for quality education and certification for cheerleading coaches. This recognition has prompted a continuous growth and outreach crossing all borders by certifying over 10,000 coaches in cheerleading safety. As a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching coaches of all levels the basics of safety as it relates to the athletic activity of cheerleading, the NCSSE continues to expand its must protect themselves and their athletes through education and prudent implementation of safe practices.
CrossConfirm, LLC whose mission is the protection and advancement of youth sports is an authorized provider for the American Red Cross (www.RedCrossOnlineTraining.org).  Its online training portfolio includes First Aid for Coaches, Universal Precautions (blood safety), and Pandemic Preparedness.  For additional details regarding safety in youth athletics, please visit http://www.respectinsportusa.com/documents/ris_factbook.doc 
 
If you would like more information, please contact Kent Burns at 866-255-1999 ext 703 or Debbie Bracewell at 866-456-2773.