Photo edit of the infiltration of youth sports. Credit: Alexander J. Williams III/Pop Acta.
Photo edit of the infiltration of youth sports. Credit: Alexander J. Williams III/Pop Acta.

The world of youth sports, a domain that should foster growth and foster healthy competition among children, is being questioned for its practices and regulations. Parents, integral facilitators in their children’s athletic development, are facing increasing challenges as they navigate this realm. Recent events have brought to light concerns that merit immediate attention.

Firstly, an alarming incident in Tennessee has shaken the trust parents place in their children’s coaches. Youth soccer coach, Camilo Hurtado Campos, was recently arrested on horrific charges of drugging and sexually abusing minors. The gruesome revelation came about when Campos inadvertently left his phone at a restaurant, leading to the discovery of explicit content showcasing his heinous acts. The subsequent investigation revealed hundreds of disturbing videos and photos of Campos exploiting unconscious boys aged between 9 and 17.

Campos had allegedly used his position as a soccer coach to recruit children, gaining their trust before inviting them to his home, where he would drug and abuse them. Authorities believe he has been living in Franklin, TN for 20 years, although his tenure as a coach remains unclear. According to a press release by the city, at least ten minors were sexually assaulted, with investigations underway to identify additional victims.

Simultaneously, the controversial participation of biologically male athletes in women’s sports has drawn widespread criticism. The case of Riley Gaines, a vocal advocate against biological males competing in women’s sports, has been making quite a few headlines lately.  Last year, she lost to Lia Thomas in the NCAA swimming championship.  Lia Thomas is a transgender female. Riley Gaines has just launched a new podcast, “Outkick” focusing on the fight against transgender sports.

In another instance, Austin Killips, a transgender female, participated in a prestigious cycling event, The Belgian Waffle Ride, in Henderson, North Carolina, and his victory sparked an outcry on social media. The ensuing backlash prompted organizers to revise their category policy, effective from August 1st, introducing an open category in the upcoming event in Cedar City, Utah.

And of course, we can’t forget about the USA Gymnastics Coach who abused over 150 girls. We have just learned that prisoners in a federal penitentiary also don’t tolerate coaches abusing their athletes. Larry Nassar, the former sports doctor convicted of sexually abusing gymnasts, was reportedly stabbed during an altercation with a fellow inmate at a Florida federal prison. The incident, which occurred on Sunday at United States Penitentiary Coleman, is currently under investigation. Nassar, known for his admitted sexual assaults on athletes during his tenure at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, and possession of child pornography, is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars. Despite concerns about his trial’s fairness raised by his lawyers, the Michigan Supreme Court dismissed Nassar’s final appeal last month.

These incidents serve as a stark reminder of the need for stricter regulations and vigilance in youth sports. The rights and safety of all participants, especially minors, should be a paramount concern. Appropriate action must be taken to ensure a fair, secure environment where children can learn, compete, and thrive. The urgency for stakeholders, including parents, coaches, and sports organizations, to address these concerns is greater than ever, not only for the integrity of youth sports but also for the safety and wellbeing of the children they serve.  Freedom is found in protecting our children.


  1. This is certainly not the first time this has occurred; nor will it certainly be the last. This article is written as if to suggest the first. Ridiculous!!

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