USA Cycling published the first three stories on their newly launched storytelling platform, In Our Own Words. The platform was created to give USA Cycling members a place to share their experiences, passions and interests in their own words – a space to talk about the things that are important to them. It is envisioned that stories will cover a range of topics including such things as mental health, diversity, inclusion, clean sport, overcoming adversity, SafeSport and more.
“In Our Own Words is aimed at giving our members a way to speak candidly about issues that are important to them so that we can start having critical conversations and addressing common issues within our community,” said Kelsey Erickson, SafeSport Director for USA Cycling, “We are excited to provide a space for members to share their experiences and we hope that this platform will evolve into place where our members can feel heard, recognized, supported and able to engage in productive dialogue on the important issues raised.”
The first set of articles feature the voices of some familiar faces in American Cycling, including Phil Gaimon and Katie Compton, as well as a contribution from an anonymous member, with topics ranging from Depression and Overcoming Injuries to defending the sanctity of cycling and its athletes through reporting SafeSport violations.
“Our members need to know that we support them on and off the bike,” said Rob DeMartini, President and CEO of USA Cycling, “Whether that is through giving them a place to report violations through SafeSport, providing an arena to share their sentiments or simply showing up to their local bike race and feeling an overwhelming sense of community, we are working towards ensuring our members have a sense of belonging within USA Cycling. The launch of In Our Own Words is one of many steps we are taking towards creating an open and inclusive environment where every cyclist is welcome.”
To learn more about In Our Own Words, including how you can contribute a story, visit: http://usacycling.org/in-our-own-words.