Usa Cheer Appoints First Director Of Safety

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Wolf, 19, told NBC’s “Today” show she has “mixed feelings” a day after the arrest of Jared Abrahams, and that part of her feels sorry for him. “It’s weird for me to be able to put a face to the person who did this to me and to know that it’s somebody I went to high school with,” the beauty queen told “Today.” “He was young, my age, and I just think it’s sad that he chose to do this and now has kind of put himself in this big dilemma,” Wolf said. “I don’t think he realizes the consequences that he’s done and the people that he hurt.” Wolf and Abrahams are both from Temecula, in Southern California. The beauty queen told NBC she was not friends with Abrahams in high school, but knew his name and routinely passed him in the hallway. A criminal complaint was filed against Abrahams accusing him of extortion, but prosecutors have not yet gone to a grand jury to obtain an indictment, and additional charges are possible, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. The criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California identified one of Abrahams’ principal targets as “C.W.” but the court document and the FBI did not publicly name the woman or other people – from Ireland, Canada, Russia and other places – whose online accounts Abrahams is accused of having accessed. The FBI is looking for other people who might have been targeted by Abrahams, Eimiller said. Wolf told NBC the webcam on her home computer was remotely accessed by someone who snapped pictures of her changing clothes and walking back and forth from the shower. An FBI statement said that in March Abrahams contacted the woman the agency identified as C.W. by sending her an e-mail with nude photos of her. He threatened to post them “all over the Internet” and warned that her “dream of being a model will be transformed into a porn star,” the FBI said. Abrams told C.W. she could stop him from carrying out that threat by sending a video and more pictures of herself and chatting with him on Skype, where he said he wanted her to follow his commands for five minutes, the complaint stated.

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –USA Cheer has appointed Karen Lew to a new position of Director of Safety. Karen Lew, MEd., ATC, LAT, is the Clinical Coordinator for the Athletic Training Program at the University of Miami and is also actively involved in a variety of athletic training related organizations and initiatives. “Karen’s background in athletic training, coupled with her strong advocacy for athlete safety, makes her a perfect fit for USA Cheer’s mission of ensuring that cheerleading remains one of the safest athletic activities for young people to participate in,” says Bill Seely, Executive Director for USA Cheer. “Karen has always taken a proactive approach to athlete safety and will be an amazing resource for our organization and the millions of cheerleaders we serve across the United States.” Lew, who has published three textbooks on Athletic Training, received her Masters of Education in Exercise Science from the University of Louisiana, Monroe. A veteran presenter, she has spoken at more than 40 national conferences. Lew serves as the Co-Chair for the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association Educators Meeting and the Athletic Trainers Association of Florida. “As someone who has worked closely with cheerleaders and coaches for more than 20 years, I have a passion for making sure that any athlete that wants to cheer can do so in a safe environment,” says Lew. “Cheerleading is a positive activity, and I share USA Cheer’s mission of serving these great athletes.” “We created the position for Karen Lew to continue the tremendous strides we have made over the last five years in cheerleading safety,” says Bill Seely, Executive Director of USA Cheer. “Karen can focus on initiatives that will help educate the cheerleading community, including parents, cheerleaders and coaches.” USA Cheer has made great strides over the last several years in significantly reducing injuries, making it one of the safest athletic activities for young people. To continue this tremendous momentum, USA Cheer, with Lew at the helm, will work closely with the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators and the U.S. All Star Federation on matters of cheer safety and will also outreach directly to cheerleaders, their coaches and parents and school administrators to ensure all cheerleaders are able to practice and perform in safe environments. She will be a major contributor to the CheerSafe.org network and will tweet via @CheerSafe. For more information, please contact Sheila Noone, media@usacheer.net or 901-251-5959. About USA Cheer The USA Federation for Sport Cheering is a not-for profit organization and is the national governing body for all disciplines of cheerleading. USA Cheer has three primary objectives: help grow and develop interest and participation in Cheer throughout the United States; promote safety and safety education for cheer in the United States; and represent the United States of America in international cheer competitions.