National cheer organization gives statement on allegations in South Carolina
GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The U.S. All-Star Federation (USASF) released a statement on recent allegations of potential abuse of cheer and dance athletes in South Carolina.
The USASF describes itself as a membership organization for competitive cheer and dance. In the statement, the organization expressed its dedication to all aspects of athlete safety. They also encouraged people with knowledge of the situation to report it by following the steps at Reporting Concerns of Abuse.
“The US All Star Federation (USASF), a membership organization for competitive cheer and dance,
is devastated to learn of allegations about potential abuse of All Star athletes in South Carolina and potentially
other areas as well. Our organization is dedicated to athlete safety, in all aspects, and has created a strong
foundation that relies on athletes, coaches, event producers, and parents to report allegations of prohibited
conduct affecting members at events and facilities where our members are present. We respect the central role of
law enforcement in investigating such reports, as part of our commitment to a safe environment for all our
Supporting USASF members is a priority. We will not comment on allegations or developments associated with
this matter to allow law enforcement to appropriately investigate the allegations. We are continuing our efforts to
promote safety for all of our members and help them understand that they should report any allegations to law
enforcement as well as to USASF.
If you know something, do not assume it has been reported. This assumption is often why things go unreported
and therefore are not investigated.
Keeping athletes safe takes everyone. Now more than ever, everyone needs to come together to create an
environment where all members are safe, happy, and have room to grow and be successful. There is no place in
All Star for anything but our best.
To make a report please follow these steps: https://www.usasf.net/reporting”
This statement came a day after a South Carolina law firm announced they are representing multiple people in a lawsuit against Rockstar Cheer and that its founder Scott Foster was under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for allegations of sexual misconduct.
USASF did not mention Rockstar Cheer or Scott Foster in their statement. We reached out to the organization for more information.
Copyright 2022 WHNS. All rights reserved.