Rescind Chuck Wielgus' Hall of Fame Nomination
  • Petitioned Bruce Wigo

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Executive Director, Swimming Hall of Fame
Bruce Wigo

Rescind Chuck Wielgus' Hall of Fame Nomination

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      19VictimsOfCoachingSexualAbuse

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We are 19 victims of coaching sexual abuse and 29 stalwarts of the swimming community that have protested Chuck Wielgus’ induction into the International Swimming Hall of Fame for his failure to protect swimmers from sexual abuse.  See the materials submitted here:  https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B4Ya_nRTOEogQi0yaGNZc3Zod0k&usp=sharing 

Chuck Wielgus has been the Executive Director of USA Swimming for 17 years, earning $908,432.00 in 2012, yet he has not shown leadership in combating sexual abuse in the sport of swimming for most of that time. As of May 1, 2014, more than 100 USA Swimming coaches have been banned for life, making this one of the worst sexual abuse scandals in the US Olympics sports world. But Wielgus isn’t inspiring a protest merely because he was at the helm. Instead, the protest is about Wielgus’ failure to protect swimmers from coaches with well-known, long histories of sexual abuse. Not until Wielgus was pressured by the United States Congress, by heart-breaking media stories on the unrelenting parade of victims, by lawsuits, and by new United States Olympic Committee (USOC) rules, did USA Swimming start to protect victims. It does not take leadership to move an organization under that type of scrutiny; it requires leadership to avoid it. 

The Swimming Hall of Fame had indicated that their board didn’t have materials to consider the issue. The link above includes the meticulously-prepared materials in support of the board's decision to rescind. 

To support us, we are asking for your signature to send a message to the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) to rescind Chuck Wielgus’ induction into the upcoming June 13, 2014 induction to its Hall of Fame. In addition, please share this petition with your friends and teammates. Tweet: #funnestsport

To:
Bruce Wigo, Executive Director, Swimming Hall of Fame
We are victims of USA Swimming coaching abuse, and supporters of the efforts of victims. As sign-ons, we're asking the Swimming Hall of Fame Board of Directors to please rescind Chuck Wielgus' Hall of Fame Nomination, due to his failure to act to protect swimmers from sexual abuse.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Thomas Acchione PARKVILLE, MD
      • 3 months ago

      I was a former swimmer, and I believe we should hold our leaders accountable for this lack of action.

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    • Christine Brum SAN JOSE, CA
      • 4 months ago

      Safety for my nieces and nephews

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    • Jennifer Deno FOWLER, IN
      • 4 months ago

      The enabler is just as guilty as the molester.

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      • 4 months ago

      As someone who has worked first hand with the victims of these horrific acts, I believe it is imperative that Chuck Wielgus and the entire USA Swimming organization be held accountable for their inaction in protecting the victims from abuse. To honor this man, who's inaction lead to countless cases of abuse while he was at the head of this organization, is unthinkable and unacceptable. Further, his perpetual denial of the problem existing, his refusal to accept the blame, and his complete lack of remorse for the victims is certainly not befitting of a nomination for, let alone induction into, the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

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    • Laurel O'Halloran MONTEREY, CA
      • 4 months ago

      what we allow is what will continue

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