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Council For Responsible Sport Updates Certification Standards for 2014

January 27, 2014 – Portland, OR: Executive Director Keith Peters announced today that the Council for Responsible Sport recently updated its certification standards in an effort to make them applicable to a broader range of sports events. Peters also unveiled the organization’s new Web site, which features an Instagram gallery dedicated to pictures that show what #responsiblesport looks like.

“Version 4.1 of our certification standards have been two years in the making,” said Peters. “As soon as we introduced version three of our certification standards in January 2012, we set out to improve upon them. We knew we had work to do to make sure our certification program is as relevant to a professional golf event like the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am as it is to Bike New York’s TD Five Boro Bike Tour or the Cincinnati Zoo’s Cheetah Run.”

Peters added: “We’ve enjoyed great acceptance over the past six years, with over 70 events earning certification from the Council. And we’ve learned something from working with each and every event. In regards to the development of our updated certification standards, we’re particularly grateful to the organizers of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, the 2012 ParalympicsGB Preparation Camp, the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open, the 2013 Division 1 NCAA Track & Field Championships and the 2013 Big O Roller Derby Tournament, all of whom provided valuable feedback throughout the pilot process of developing our new standards.”

In addition to field-testing the new certification standards at pilot events, a draft of the standards was circulated to some 50 stakeholders last fall for feedback. Lessons learned from the pilot events and comments received from stakeholders were then reconciled and finally published as v4.1 on January 14, 2014.

In preparation for the introduction of the new certification standards, Council staff worked closely with Melissa Tatge Creative LLC on a complete overhaul of the Council’s Web site (www.CouncilForResponsibleSport.org). Objectives of the redesign were: to more clearly present how the Council supports, certifies and celebrates responsibly produced sports events; to provide a simplified process for event organizers who want to get started on the certification process; and to enhance the Council’s social media presence with an Instagram photo gallery that features pictures submitted by event organizers and participants, showing what they think #responsiblesport looks like (http://www.councilforresponsiblesport.org/what-does-responsible-sport-look-like/) .

Event organizers interested in certification are invited to start the process here: http://www.councilforresponsiblesport.org/get-started/

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