Making it safer to compete

Making it safer to compete


Ensuring the safety and well-being of children during their sports participation requires diligence, determination, recognizing trends, and fully understanding the dangers that lurk.

At our upcoming 21st annual Youth Sports Congress in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 16-19, recreation leaders have the opportunity to gain full insight into these problematic trends when Callahan Walsh and Jody Wheet present Making It Safer to Compete: A Panel Presentation from NCMEC. 

During this session, attendees will learn how to: 

•Recognize the emerging trends threatening the nation’s youth 
•Review what happens once a report of suspected abuse happens 
•Gain an understanding of what NCMEC is doing to prevent abuse in youth sports 

Callahan is the son of John and Revé Walsh, who co-founded the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) in 1984 after the kidnapping and murder of their first son, Adam.

Callahan is a child advocate for the NCMEC and co-hosts “In Pursuit with John Walsh” on Investigation Discovery. In addition to co-hosting on the show, Callahan can also be seen regularly on various media outlets, such as Good Morning America, ABC, NBC, CNN, and Fox News discussing NCMEC’s programs. 

Prior to joining the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Callahan served as the Supervising Producer for America’s Most Wanted on FOX and helped co-create The Hunt with John Walsh on CNN/HLN. Following in his parents’ footsteps, Callahan has focused his energy on fighting crime, helping find missing children, reducing child sexual exploitation, and preventing child victimization. 

Since 2019 Wheet has been a Program Director for NCMEC. He retired from a distinguished 23-year law enforcement career in 2016 at the rank of Sergeant, where he specialized in many aspects of police work, including Drug and Alcohol Impairment, SWAT Operations, and Training.

Prior to joining NCMEC, he was the Herkimer County (N.Y.) Human Trafficking Coordinator, where he oversaw the reporting and response of county agencies in relation to both labor and sex trafficking. Wheet also coaches his four children in baseball and softball and is the president of his local youth softball organization.

The Youth Sports Congress is a comprehensive educational experience designed specifically for youth sports administrators. Early bird registration is open! Get registered here. You can also check out the full Youth Sport Congress Schedule. Registration includes attending the NAYS Youth Sports Congress and the AB Show, plus general registration includes earning (or updating) the Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) credential via the Academy for Youth Sports Administrators. 

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