2009 August

Equestrian Games Call on Neiman

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LeRoy Neiman, the United States Sports Academy’s 2007 Sport Artist of the Year, is the Official Commemorative Artist of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Ky.

Neiman has been the artist of five Olympics, four Super Bowls, the Breeders’ Cup and the Kentucky Derby. He is known for using bright colors to create action images of sports events.

PGA Tour Golfer Stewart Cink Wins Academy’s Alabama Athlete of the Month for July

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PGA Tour golfer and Huntsville, Ala., native Stewart Cink was named the United States Sports Academy’s Alabama Athlete of the Month for July.

Cink, a 36-year-old who joined the PGA Tour in 1995, won his first career major when he made a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole of regulation at the British Open, then overwhelmed Tom Watson in a four-hole playoff to win by six shots at Turnberry. Cink was never atop the leaderboard until Watson missed an 8-foot putt on the last hole, which led to the playoff. Cink was flawless in the playoff, finishing with two birdies. He moved up to ninth in the world rankings and collected his first career major championship.

Placing second was Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle. The veteran left-hander, formerly of the Birmingham Barons minor league team, threw just the 18th perfect game in major league history in a 5-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Five days later he set a major-league record for most consecutive batters retired, 45.

Former Auburn athletes, swimmer Cesar Cielo of Brazil and sprinter Kerron Stewart of Jamaica, tied for third place. Cielo set a world record in the 100 meter freestyle (46.91 seconds) at the FINA World Championships, upsetting Frenchman Alain Bernard of France. Stewart posted a personal best time of 10.75 seconds in the 100-meter dash at the Golden Gala in Rome, which makes her the fifth fastest woman at that distance.

Academy’s New Technology Prompts Course Streamlining

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The United States Sports Academy has combined a revitalized web site and user-friendly upgrades to offer students an exciting approach to its online academic programs.

Starting with the Fall Semester 2009, beginning 10 September, the Academy’s online graduate courses will be tailored to focus on improved writing with the course content streamlined to meet this end. The streamlining of the Academy’s courses using its new technology has resulted in the composition of the courses in the degree programs below.

Online courses for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Sports Management program consist of five Units. There are four Units with discussion questions and one Unit consisting of a writing assignment. There is also a class paper. The final examination consists of written responses to seven out of ten questions.

Online courses for the Master of Sport Science (MSS) program consist of five Units. There are four Units with discussion questions and one Unit consisting of a writing assignment. There is also a class paper. The final examination consists of written responses to four out of six questions.

Online courses in the Bachelor of Sports Science (BSS) program consist of ten Units of subject content with a Unit quiz. There are eight Units with discussion questions in which students have the opportunity to participate with other students and two Units with writing assignments of 3-5 pages. BSS courses also have a final examination. The final examination consists of multiple-choice questions.

Academy Provides India with its First Sports Management Program

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The United States Sports Academy concluded an Agreement with Manipal University, India’s oldest and most prestigious private university, to provide the country’s first Sport Management degree program in the second most populous country in the world and take a significant step toward building a sports industry there.

The Academy will provide the sports content and other curricular support for the Manipal Bachelor of Sports Administration (BSA) degree. The Agreement brings to reality the Protocol for Cooperation that was signed between the respective institutions in April, 2008.

The Agreement was signed on 30 July in India by Academy Vice President Dr. Thomas J. Rosandich and the Registrar of Manipal University G.K. Prabhu. Dr. Rosandich, who was appointed to the Manipal Board of Studies as the sports education expert, met with faculty and officials to finalize the Manipal BSA curriculum while visiting the campus.

Manipal University was among the first private institutions to be recognized as a Deemed University by the Government of India and has an enrollment of more than 15,000 students from some 52 countries. The BSA program will initially be taught on the Manipal campus in India with the Academy’s courses in the curriculum being delivered by distance learning. Plans call for the BSA to be taught on Manipal’s other campuses in Dubai and Malaysia with the first students to enrolling in the program in the coming Academic year.

Academy Joins UTech to Form Caribbean School of Sports Science

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The United States Sports Academy and the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) negotiated a new sports education program on 31 July 2009 to assist in the develop of the Caribbean School of Sports Science (CSSS).

Dr. Arthur Ogden, the Academy’s Dean of Academic Affairs, was contacted by UTech representatives about the sports program through a course that he taught at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, in July.

UTech’s athletic program has produced eighty percent of Jamaica’s Olympic medal winners in recent years, including 2008 Olympic triple gold medalist Usain Bolt, the world record-holder in the 100 and 200-meter dash.

Dr. Ogden taught a five-day seminar in Sports Marketing in Kingston that was arranged by the Academy’s Continuing Education Department. Patterned after the Academy’s structure, the CSSS will offer majors in various sport disciplines such as Sports Management, Sports Coaching and Sports Medicine and is scheduled to begin with the January 2010 term.

The five-day, eight-hour per-day seminar is the Academy’s first project with the International Best Practices Network (IBPN), an education management organization arranged by Len Davidson, IBPN’s vice president of client services.

China Advances Sport Education Program with Academy’s Help

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The United States Sports Academy has developed a relationship with China’s prestigious Renmin University to develop sport education programs in the world’s largest emerging market.

The Academy has developed a “Protocol for Cooperation” with Renmin, known as “The People’s University of China.” Renmin, considered a Chinese equivalent to an “Ivy League” school in the United States, is a comprehensive research-oriented university emphasizing national sciences, humanities and social sciences, of which sport is a part.

Academy Vice President Dr. Thomas J. Rosandich attended the inaugural International Forum of China Sports Culture and Economic Development on 9 August in Beijing. Organized on the first anniversary of what was arguably the most successful Olympic Games ever staged, the forum brought together speakers from China, Europe and the United States to explore how China can build on this success to develop a vital sports industry through private initiative.

Dr. Rosandich delivered a keynote address on the role of sports in national development while attending the forum. His discussion focused on the role that sports education plays in the preparation of individuals to assume leadership roles in the sports profession and how sports are organized in the United States independent of federal intervention.

IOA in Olympia, Greece Hosting Free Master’s Program on Olympic Studies

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The International Olympic Academy (IOA) in Olympia, Greece and the University of Peloponnese are combining to offer an exciting free post graduate studies program called “Olympic Studies, Olympic Education, Organization and Management of Olympic Events.”

The program is based on the three pillars of the Olympic movement: Education, Sports and Culture, which constitute the foundation for Olympism and Olympic Pedagogy. Objectives of the program are to enable students to further enhance their careers in Olympic programs. The program is three semesters in duration for thirty credits. The program is limited to thirty students.

The program will take place at the facilities of the IOA in Olympia and the facilities of the University of Peloponnese in Sparta. The program is privately financed by the John S. Latsis Foundation and, therefore, no costs will be incurred by the students regarding course fees and accommodations.

For more information contact the Secretary of the Postgraduate Program e-mail ioa-ms@uop.gr.

The IOA is an internationally recognized center for Olympic studies which has been operating for forty-nine years under the auspices of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee as a neutral and free dialogue forum. The IOA constantly searches for the attainment of new objectives in the field of education and research for the promotion of the Olympic movement.

Academy Offering Full Tuition Scholarships to Olympians and Paralympians

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The United States Sports Academy is showing its appreciation for the sacrifices made by Olympians and Paralympians by offering a full tuition Olympic Scholarship Program for the Academy’s Bachelor of Sports Science (B.S.S.) degree.

The Academy Olympic Scholarship is available to all United States Olympic and Paralympic participants. The classes are offered entirely online through distance learning.

The Bachelor of Sports Science (B.S.S.) is offered in three disciplines: Sports Management, Sports Coaching and Sports Studies.

The curriculum in Sports Management is designed to give students a broad-based knowledge of the management fundamentals associated with the sports industry. The Sports Coaching curriculum enables students to gain expertise needed for leading individual and team sports at all levels. The Sports Studies discipline enables students to develop a dynamic, sport-specific curriculum specific to their interest in sport.

Acceptance is ongoing. Students may apply for the program and start any time once accepted. Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average to retain the scholarship. The deadline for applying for this scholarship is 31 December 2009.

For full program and course descriptions, visit http://ussa.edu. For additional questions, contact Admissions at (800) 223-2668, Option #1 or email admissions@ussa.edu.

Tennis Stars Roger Federer, Serena Williams Earn Academy’s July Athlete of the Month Honors

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Wimbledon champions Roger Federer of Switzerland and Serena Williams of the United States were named Male and Female Athlete of the Month for July by the United States Sports Academy.

Federer played for history at Wimbledon, winning an unprecedented 15th Grand Slam singles title and sixth Wimbledon crown in seven years with a victory over Andy Roddick of the United States. Federer broke Roddick’s serve only one time, on the 77th and final game of the match, for a 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14 victory.

Williams won her 11th Grand Slam championship and first Wimbledon title in six years with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory over sister Venus Williams. It was Serena’s third Wimbledon title and prevented her sister from becoming the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1991-93 to win Wimbledon three years in a row.

Finishing second to Federer on the ballot was American swimmer Michael Phelps. Phelps set two world records during the FINA World Championships’ first two days of competition, surpassing another Mark Spitz milestone with 34 career world records. His 50.22 seconds in the 100 butterfly beat Ian Crocker’s four-year-old record by .18 seconds. His 1:51.51 in the 200-meter butterfly was more than a half-second better than his previous best of 1:52.03.

The runner-up on the women’s ballot was American swimmer Ariana Kukors. Despite being an alternate to replace a scratch on the American team, Kukors set the world record in the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:07.03 in the semifinals of the World Swimming Championships, beating the old record set by gold-medal winning Stephanie Rice in the 2008 Olympics.

Third-place finishers were Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle on the men’s ballot and Swedish swimmer Sara Sjostrom on the women’s ballot. Buehrle, a left-hander, threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on 23 July. Five days later he set a major-league record for most consecutive batters retired, 45. Sjostrom, 15, crushed the women’s 100 meters butterfly world record in the semifinals at the World Championships, swimming 56.44 to beat Inge De Bruijn’s 2000 Sydney Olympics mark of 56.61.

Malaysia, Academy Continue Long Relationship Developing Sport Programs

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The United States Sports Academy is working with the National Sports Institute (ISN) in Malaysia to develop sport as a significant contributor to the country’s economy, continuing a relationship that dates back to the 1950’s when Academy founder Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich coached the country’s national track and field team.

During a five-day visit to Kuala Lumpur, United States Sports Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich, a member of the ISN’s Board of Advisors, met with H.E. Dato Cheek and Dato Dr. Ramlan bin Abdulaziz, Director General of the ISN concerning the further development of sport education programs in Malaysia. The Academy is currently delivering its International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) and Sports Coaching (ICSC) programs in Kuala Lumpur through the ISN.

Following addresses by Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak and Minister of Youth and Sports Dato Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Dr. Rosandich served as a keynote speaker at the 2009 Sports Industry Convention on Friday, 7 August 2009 in Kuala Lumpur.

Speaking to a crowd of more than 500 delegates that included officials from all of Malaysia’s sports organizations, Dr. T.J. Rosandich, delivered an address titled, “Education in Sports: Optimizing Malaysia’s Potential.” The two day convention was organized by the ISN to recognize the growing contribution of sports as an industry to the economy of Malaysia.

Academy To Provide Support To National Cheer Safety Foundation

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Reports that 65.2 percent of all catastrophic injuries to female athletes occur in high school cheerleading have led to efforts from the United States Sports Academy and the National Cheer Safety Foundation (NCSF) to educate cheer coaches.

“Cheer safety education based on sports sciences is crucial in reducing catastrophic and over-use injuries in cheerleading,” said NCSF President and CEO Kimberly Archie. “Those involved need to insist that coaches are educated and trained to properly care for young athletes.”

The NCSF will use the Academy’s sports coaching program as a way to educate cheer coaches. The NCSF campaign has also gained support from the National Council for Spirit Safety and Education (NCSSE).

“Sport education based on the sports sciences is the key to managing catastrophic sports injuries,” said Dr. Enrico Esposito, the Academy’s Chair of Sports Medicine. “Qualified, certified personnel are the first requirement for ensuring the health and safety of young athletes involved in physical activity and sports.”

A study released by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research at the University of North Carolina, which recommended strict safety measures to be adopted, showed that the catastrophic injury rate of high school cheerleaders over the past 26 years has been nearly twice that of all other female high school sports combined.

The lead author of that report was Dr. Frederick O. Mueller. Dr. Mueller and Dr. Herb Appenzeller are leading educators on sports law and injury, who, along with Elizabeth Appenzeller, recently co-authored a book on legal aspects of cheerleading that will be used as a resource in the Academy’s program.

In 2008, the National Electric Injury Surveillance System survey by the Consumer Products Safety Commission reported that emergency room visits among cheerleaders of all ages increased from 26,786 to 29,148 (8.8 percent). Those numbers include a 110 percent one-year increase in visits from cheerleaders age 13 and under.

According to Dr. Cynthia Bir, Director of Research and Orthopedic Surgery for the Wayne State University Department of Biomedical Engineering, young cheerleaders receive injuries from falls that can “have a greater impact than a hit in the NFL.”

The NCSF is dedicated to introducing science in cheer safety to reduce injury, disability and death from cheer injuries through research and education of parents, cheerleaders, coaches and administrators.

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