What is the Athlete Assistance Fund?
USA Gymnastics has established the Athlete Assistance Fund, in cooperation with the National Gymnastics Foundation, to provide the financial means and guidance for gymnasts that have suffered sexual abuse in the sport of gymnastics to obtain counseling services.
A four-person Designated Fund Committee of the National Gymnastics Foundation oversees the fund, which is administered by PHP Management Systems, a division of Physicians Health Plan of Northern Indiana (PHP). The Designated Fund Committee is comprised of: Indiana Superior Court Judge David Dreyer; Dr. Stephanie Levey, a psychologist with the Women’s Mental Health Consortium; and Alicia Sacramone Quinn, who has 10 career Olympic and World medals. The committee is chaired by Tina Ferriola, a member of the Foundation Board of Directors, a former competitive gymnast, and CEO of NYC Elite Gymnastics.
The committee has identified the parameters of the fund and PHP is providing guidance on enrollment processes, requirements and procedures, and connecting care providers.
Donating to the Fund
If you are interested in donating to the Athlete Assistance Fund to support counseling services for the gymnasts that have suffered sexual abuse, please follow this link for more information.
About the National Gymnastics Foundation
The mission of the National Gymnastics Foundation includes support of the charitable, educational, and outreach efforts of USA Gymnastics (formerly USGF, U.S. Gymnastics Federation). The National Gymnastics Foundation was created from the energy and excitement generated by the gold medal Olympic efforts of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Proceeds totaling $1.4 million from the 1984 Olympics were used to establish the Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
PHP is a not-for-profit employee benefits and administration company headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana. With nearly 65,000 members, PHP's products include third-party administration, predictive modeling and data analytics, cost containment and medical management solutions, as well as traditional employee benefit products such as group health, dental, prescription drugs, life, disability, flexible spending accounts (FSA), and health reimbursement arrangements (HRA). Established in 1983 by area physicians, PHP has no affiliation with USA Gymnastics or The National Gymnastics Foundation beyond acting as the independent administrator of the Athlete Assistance Fund.