Athlete Assistance Fund Update from the National Gymnastics Foundation
posted on 03/07/2018

INDIANAPOLIS, March 7, 2018 – The Athlete Assistance Fund, established by the National Gymnastics Foundation, is now accepting applications from gymnasts who have experienced sexual abuse in the sport of gymnastics for access to counseling services. PHP Management Systems, an independent third party, is administering the Fund, managing enrollment requests and connecting athletes to service providers in a strictly confidential manner.

Eligible individuals may request access to counseling services through the Athlete Assistance Fund by visiting phpAAFund.org, which is also accessible through a link at USAGym.org. At this time, any current or former gymnast who was a member of USA Gymnastics and suffered sexual abuse within the sport of gymnastics is eligible for assistance through the Fund.

The Athlete Assistance Fund is a designated fund of the NGF and overseen by a Designated Fund Committee. Tina Ferriola, a member of the NGF’s Board of Directors who is a former competitive gymnast and CEO of NYC Elite Gymnastics, is chairing the five-person Designated Fund Committee. The other four members are: Indiana Superior Court Judge David Dreyer; Dr. Stephanie Levey, a psychologist with the Women’s Mental Health Consortium; Alicia Sacramone Quinn, who has 10 career Olympic and World medals; and Perry, as a non-voting member.

“None of us can really understand the pain these courageous young women are experiencing, but our hope is that the opportunity for counseling services for those who have suffered sexual abuse within our sport can be a part of the healing process,” said Ferriola. “We hope the survivors can feel the support and love by so many in our gymnastics community.

“Extending the outreach of the Athlete Assistance Fund to aid the survivors of sexual abuse is an important priority for the NGF Board,” said Ferriola. “We want to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to everyone who has joined the NGF in donating to the Athlete Assistance Fund in support of providing the necessary means to our athletes.”

“Thank you to Tina, her committee and the National Gymnastics Foundation for their commitment and support in ensuring this fund was created,” said Kerry Perry, the new president and CEO of USA Gymnastics. “This has been incredibly important to me personally and to USA Gymnastics to provide access to counseling services for the brave young women and men whose powerful voices will influence the decisions I make each and every day.”

Individuals interested in supporting the Athlete Assistance Fund may send contributions designated to the Athletes Assistance Fund to the National Gymnastics Foundation, c/o USA Gymnastics, 130 E. Washington Street, Suite 700, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or by clicking here.

About the National Gymnastics Foundation
The mission of the National Gymnastics Foundation includes support of the charitable, educational, and outreach efforts of USA Gymnastics. The National Gymnastics Foundation was created from the energy and excitement generated by the gold medal Olympic efforts of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Proceeds totaling $1.4 million from the 1984 Olympics were used to establish the Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.