The City of Radcliff in Kentucky ended their partnership with a local youth sports group earlier this year after they say they learned that the league was not conducting background checks on its coaches. Background checks are required and part of the contract for youth coaches according to the City of Radcliff, which says that this rule was not being followed by the North Hardin Youth Football League.
North Hardin Youth Football League had previously utilized the city's facilities for practice, games and other league related events. Parks and recreation departments across the country have contracts or agreements in place with their local sports leagues or "User Groups", where facilities are shared but it is critical that these organizations implement high standard background checks to ensure that children are protected.
Councilman for the City of Radcliff, Chris Yates, spoke with WDRB in Kentucky to discuss the city's decision to sever ties with the North Hardin Youth Football League stating, "We looked into it, and we did find out that background checks had not been conducted." Yates also stated that upon further inspection, several coaches were found to have felony criminal records. "There were at least four to five felons...Charges that included trafficking within 500 yards of a school, carrying a concealed deadly weapon by a felon, assault, felony evading, just to name a few."
"What we found was concerning," Yates continued, "but what could've been is even more concerning. There very easily could've been a child molester out there with our kids."
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