Children's Bill of Rights in Sports
Recognizing the human rights of children is key to closing gaps in the availability and quality of sport programs.
As MTC Educate A Girl Inc, we fully stand behind these Children's Bill of Rights in Sports as developed by the Aspen Institute through its Project Play initiative, with a working group of human rights and sports policy experts, the Children's Bill of Rights in Sports identifies eight rights:
To play sports.
- Organizations should make every effort to accommodate children’s interests to participate, and to help them play with peers from diverse backgrounds.
- To safe and healthy environments.
Children have the right to play in settings free from all forms of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual), hazing, violence, and neglect.
- To qualified program leaders.
Children have the right to play under the care of coaches and other adults who pass background checks and are trained in key competencies.
- To developmentally appropriate play.
Children have a right to play at a level commensurate with their physical, mental and emotional maturity, and their emerging athletic ability. They should be treated as young people first, athletes second.
- To share in the planning and delivery of their activities.
Children have the right to share their viewpoints with coaches and for their insights to be incorporated into activities.
- To an equal opportunity for personal growth.
Programs should invest equally in all child athletes, free of discrimination based on any personal or family characteristic.
- To be treated with dignity.
Children have the right to participate in environments that promote the values of sportsmanship, of respect for opponents, officials, and the game.
- To enjoy themselves.
Children have the right to participate in activities they consider fun, and which foster the development of friendships and social bonds.