2009 September

Oregon’s Rout of California Earns Game of Week Nod

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During a weekend when three teams ranked in the Top 6 of the national polls were knocked off their lofty perches, one game emerged as the No. 1 choice according to the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Year selection committee. Oregon’s 42-3 demolition of then sixth-ranked California was chosen by the Academy’s panel of experts as…

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Academy Sponsoring Renowned Visiting Professor Dr. Peter Chen

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The United States Sports Academy is proud to bring Visiting Distinguished Professor Dr. Peter Chen to the Greater Mobile area for a series of public presentations 8-14 October. Chen’s first scheduled appearance is 1:15 p.m. Friday, 9 October 2009 in the Academy’s main gallery at One Academy Drive in Daphne. The public is invited to join the Academy’s faculty, staff…

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Academy Planning Sculpture Gift to City of Daphne

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Bring together local found object artist Bruce Larsen, known for molding scrap metal into masterpieces, and a mayor with a professional background in welding and fabricating, and the result will be a special gift to the City of Daphne from the United States Sports Academy. The Academy receives tremendous support from Daphne and its mayor, Fred Small, a passed welder…

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Academy Unveils Sculptor Bruce Larsen’s Basketball Player

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The United States Sports Academy unveiled the latest addition to its Sport Sculpture Park on 22 September 2009, “The Basketball Player,” by Bruce Larsen, the Academy’s 2009 Sport Artist of the Year for Sculpture and a resident of nearby Fairhope. Larsen, a Found Object artist who creates sculptures from materials such as driftwood, rusted appliances and pieces of metal, now…

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Washington Earns Nod as College Football Game of the Week

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Washington’s 16-13 upset of third-ranked USC on 19 September has been voted by the United States Sports Academy as College Football Game of the Week for Week 3. Washington, only one season removed from the first 0-12 season in the history of the Pac-10 Conference, stunned USC with a late drive led by quarterback Jake Locker. Locker directed a 68-yard…

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Academy Mourns Passing of Dr. Myles Brand, 67, Roosevelt Medallion Award Recipient

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The Academy mourns the loss of Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award winner Dr. Myles Brand. Brand, the NCAA president, died after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer on Wednesday, 16 September 2009, at the age of 67. Brand was the first university president to lead college sports’ largest governing body. During his stint as NCAA president, Brand called on colleges…

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Alumnus, Professor Emeritus Visit Campus

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United States Sports Academy President and CEO Thomas P. Rosandich, left, meets with Academy alumnus Saeed Al-Aradi and Professor Emeritus Dr. Frank Spechalske during a recent campus visit. Al-Aradi works with the General Organization for Youth and Sports (GOYS) and is a coordinator for the Academy’s Certification in Sports Management program. Spechalske is the former Chair of Sports Management at…

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Basketball Sculpture Arrives at New Home

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United States Sports Academy employees assist Bruce Larsen with the construction of “The Basketball Player” on campus. A public unveiling of the statue will be 5 p.m. Tuesday, 22 September 2009, at the Academy. The public is welcome to attend. The Academy is also holding a worldwide ballot to help name the sculpture. Visit http://ussa.edu/ballots/basketball-player to vote. The Press Register…

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Houston Win Earns Nod as Week 2’s College Football Game of the Week

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The University of Houston’s 45-35 upset of then fifth-ranked Oklahoma State has been voted by the United States Sports Academy as College Football Game of the Week for Week 2. Houston clinched its first victory over a Top 5 team since an upset of third-ranked Texas in 1984. The Cougars clinched victory when quarterback Chase Keenum’s fourth-down pass was batted…

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Academy to Dedicate New Addition to Sculpture Park, Bruce Larsen’s “The Basketball Player”

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The United States Sports Academy is hosting a worldwide ballot to name the latest addition to its Sport Sculpture Park. Bruce Larsen’s newest sculpture, “The Basketball Player,” will be dedicated in a ceremony on the Academy campus in Daphne, Ala., at 5 p.m. Tuesday, 22 September 2009. The painting “High Aspirations,” from late American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA)…

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Sprinter Usain Bolt, Swimmer Jessica Hardy Earn Academy’s August Athlete of the Month Honors

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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and American swimmer Jessica Hardy were named Male and Female Athletes of the Month for August by the United States Sports Academy. Bolt enhanced his reputation as the world’s fastest man at the Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Berlin, as he lowered his world-record times in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, each by…

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