The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast. These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need. Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "youth-sports" ...
This five-day series chronicles the experiences with youth sports of high school and college athletes and coaches. By establishing "baseline data" that has been previously unreported, Dispatch reporters found a "corrupted" sports program overrun with angry parents and practices that cause severe injury to young athletes. Rising costs and financial competitions are added pressures to the industry.
"The article exposes an illegal internet/rogue-doctor/compound pharmacy/anti-aging clinic/steroid distribution network that has provided human growth hormone and steroids to dozens of major athletes in a variety of sports and has made these drugs accessible to America's youth. Sports Illustrated exposes questionable activity of an NFL doctor who subsequently is forced to resign from his job."
Consumer Reports examines three dietary supplements marketed to enhance athletic performance, creatine, ephedra, and androstenedione. Looking at scientific studies available on the supplements Consumer Reports found that the supplements are often ineffective and potentially dangerous. Androstenedione, used by former St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire, was shown to cause hormonal imbalance in some cases, and ephedra is a herbal stimulant with a combination of ingredients that acts like an amphetamine. Metcalf and Sandroff also show that many of these nutritional supplements are marketed towards youths.
Out of Control takes a look at a number of recent incidents involving parents becoming violent and/or verbally abusive at youth sporting events. In particular, it investigates a case in Reading, Mass. where one hockey father killed another following a practice.
Sports Illustrated reports how "The child molester has found a home in the world of youth sports, where as a coach he can gain the trust and loyalty of kids -- and then prey on them... While there have been no formal studies to determine how many child molesters have coached youth teams, a computer-database search of recent newspaper stories reveals more than 30 cases just in the last 18 months of coaches in the U.S. who have been arrested or convicted of sexually abusing children engaged in nine sports from baseball to wrestling -- and this despite the fact that child sex-abuse victims, for reasons ranging from shame and embarrassment to love or fear of their molesters, rarely report the crime. For every child who reports being molested, according to a variety of experts on the sexual exploitation of children, at least 10 more keep their secrets unrevealed. The molesters are almost always men, and in youth sports most, though not all, of the victims are boys...The phenomenon touches communities large and small and can involve coaches both celebrated and obscure..."
During a review of hundreds of thousands of timsheets, KTRK-TV found evidence the City of Houston's Youth Sports Program director, NBA Hall-of-famer and Houston Rockets broadcaster Calvin Murphy, billed the city for hours while hew was out of town calling games for the Rockets. Also in question was the number of kids taking part in the after-school sports program. The city claimed the program reaches tens of thousands of kids, but KTRK-TV found evidence to the contrary.