Chairs Rodgers and Griffith Announce Oversight Hearing on U.S. Center for SafeSport and Preventing Athlete Abuse

Hearing to evaluate safety measures implemented to protect athletes at all levels, from youth leagues to the Olympics and Paralympics

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chair Morgan Griffith (R-VA) today announced a subcommittee hearing titled "Timeout: Evaluating Safety Measures Implemented to Protect Athletes."

“Congress created SafeSport to protect young athletes so predators like Larry Nassar will never harm children again. However, there have been hurdles to implementing the safety measures provided by the SafeSport program, including a lack of transparency to athletes who have submitted claims. This hearing will give Members an opportunity to hear from SafeSport, USA Softball, and the U.S. Soccer Federation as we examine how best to protect athletes from abuse and what challenges the SafeSport program faces to accomplish that goal. We must ensure athletes in our communities are healthy and safe from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Getting this right is mission critical,” said Chairs Rodgers and Griffith. 

Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing titled “Timeout: Evaluating Safety Measures Implemented to Protect Athletes.” 

WHAT: A subcommittee hearing to discuss oversight of SafeSport’s ability to protect athletes, from youth sports to the Olympics. 

DATE: Wednesday, October 18, 2023  

TIME: 2:00 PM ET

LOCATION: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building  

WITNESSES: Witnesses will be announced and are by invitation only.  

This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The hearing will be open to the public and press and will be live streamed online at If you have any questions concerning the hearing, please contact Lauren Eriksen with the Committee staff at If you have any press-related questions, please contact Christopher Krepich at