Report regarding claims of abusive culture in Saratoga Springs athletics to be released Wednesday

Saratoga Springs sports report to be released Wednesday

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The highly anticipated report investigating allegations of an abusive culture in Saratoga Springs school athletics will be released on Wednesday afternoon.

District spokeswoman Maura Manny said the report will be made available after 4 p.m.

Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton will discuss the report and the next steps for moving forward at the district’s Board of Education meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School.

The board hired the Harris Beach law firm in response to claims from a group of former athletes and parents who alleged that coaches had forced students to push through pain and demeaned them. Many of the claims centered around the running program including that athletes were forced to practice year round and have no other social interests outside of running.

An initial report was submitted to the district last month, but the law firm requested additional information from the district to finalize the report.

The allegations were made in a 77-page letter sent by Attorney Martin Greenberg, who is representing a group called Safe Athletics for Everyone, to state officials requesting an investigation.

NewsChannel 13 will have more on this story on air and online once the report is released.