Along with being the president of the WNBA, Lisa Borders’ plate is preparing to become a bit more crowded.
The United States Olympic Committee recently announced the creation of the new Athlete & NGB Engagement Commission and it has tapped the W president to lead said commission.
According to a USOC press release, it aims to examine the structure of the Olympic and Paralympic communities. Borders will lead a commission that will look at how it works with the 49 National Governing Bodies and how it can do a better job at communicating with Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
The release said it will include at least seven members which will include representation from athletes as well as NGBs along with one member that has governing experience in some form. It is expected to be fully established later in the month.
Athletes of all ages and ability levels deserve to have safe environments in which to train and compete. The actions being taken now and in the future must help ensure that sport participation leaves a positive legacy for the millions of athletes in our country.
Young athletes should not have to fear sexual abuse when they are training or competing, and I am confident that Lisa’s leadership will help enact further actions to make our community stronger and better able to protect the many athletes we serve.
–USOC acting CEO Susanne Lyons
The topic of athlete safety within the Olympic community has become more of a hot-button topic in the aftermath of the Larry Nassar case involving sexual abuse of USA Gymnastics participants. The case was recently settled for $500 million which will be paid by Michigan State University.