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December 2009

Filipino Boxer Pacquiao, Russian Pole Vaulter Isinbaeva Win Academy’s 2009 Athlete of the Year Honors

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Boxer Manny Pacquiao (left) and Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbaeva Two outstanding international athletes, each with strong cases to be considered the best-ever in their respective sports, have been named the 2009 United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Year. Boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbaeva were selected through a worldwide ballot that saw the public cast more than 1.9 million votes thanks to distribution through…

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Sport Artist Charles Billich Wins Prestigious Competition in Italy

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“Angels and Demons of Florence” by Charles Billich Charles Billich of Australia, the 2000 American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year, won an award at the prestigious Florence Biennale in Italy on 16 December 2009. Billich won the Biennale for his painting “Angels and Demons of Florence.” His career has spanned more than 50 years. Among his honors was being appointed the official artist to the Australian team at the…

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Academy Art Presentations Planned for 21-22 January

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The United States Sports Academy has two art events planned in conjunction with the annual Board of Trustees meeting on 21-22 January 2010. The works of TAFA, the 2010 American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year, will be on display during a public art show at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 21 January. The Academy will also unveil the first stage of 2009 Sport Artist of the Year Bruce Larsen’s Iron…

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Florida’s Foley Presented Academy’s Sports Management Award

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Florida Director of Athletics Jeremy Foley, left, accepts the United States Sports Academy’s Carl Maddox Sports Management Award from Academy Board of Trustees member Jimmy Carnes. University of Florida Director of Athletics Jeremy Foley was presented with the 2009 United States Sports Academy’s Carl Maddox Sports Management Award on 22 December 2009. Jimmy Carnes, a member of the Academy’s Board of Trustees and member of the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame, made the…

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Longtime St. Francis Baseball Coach Receives Academy’s Distinguished Service Award

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Linda Moore, a United States Sports Academy Board of Trustee member, presents a Distinguished Service Award to University of St. Francis baseball coach Gordie Gillespie. University of St. Francis baseball coach Gordie Gillespie, the winningest coach in college baseball history, received a Distinguished Service Award (DSA) from the United States Sports Academy. Academy Board of Trustee member Dr. Linda Moore, the senior director of business administration for ESPN, made the presentation on 21 December 2009….

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‘The Biggest Loser’ Co-hosts Presented With Academy’s Fitness Award

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Dr. Gary Cunningham, left, a member of the United States Sports Academy’s Board of Trustees, presents the Dwight D. Eisenhower Fitness Award to “The Biggest Loser” co-hosts Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels. Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper, the trainers on the hit NBC show “The Biggest Loser,” were presented with the 2009 United States Sports Academy’s Dwight David Eisenhower Fitness Award. Dr. Gary Cunningham, a member of the Academy’s Board of Trustees and a former…

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Spanish Fort Middle School Students Boost Academy Toy Drive

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Spanish Fort Middle School teachers, from left, Beverly Floyd and Cheramie Jordan gather in front of the Christmas Tree at the United States Sports Academy this past week after dropping off toys donated by their school. Students at Spanish Fort Middle School have embraced the true spirit of Christmas by helping other children who may not be as fortunate at this time of year. Students from the school donated more than 350 toys to the…

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Academy’s Toys for Tots Drive a Success

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Faculty and staff of the United States Sports Academy gathered with Col. John DeWitt and Toys for Tots regional coordinator Shinora Redmond on Friday, 11 December at the Academy. The Academy donated more than 2,000 toys to the cause. The toys will be redistributed to needy children in Baldwin County. People can still drop off toys at the Academy, One Academy Drive in Daphne, throughout the holiday season. The Academy is open from 8 a.m….

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Actor, Activist and Veteran J.R. Martinez Named Academy’s Courage Winner

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J.R. Martinez When Dalton (Ga.) High School Athletic Director Ronnie McClurg first saw 17-year-old J.R. Martinez practice with his football team, he knew he had something special. “I told him after the first practice that he made the team,” said McClurg, who was Dalton’s head football coach at the time. “It was not because of his ability. It was because of his attitude and the morale he generated around him. He did not know a…

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Expert on Concussions Named Sports Medicine Award Winner

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Dr. Robert Cantu Dr. Robert Cantu, considered a pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of concussions, has been named the 2009 United States Sports Academy Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award winner. Dr. Cantu is known throughout the world for his work on catastrophic head and neck injuries, concussions and post concussive syndrome. He was the first doctor to establish a grading scale for concussions (Grades 1, 2 and 3), based on symptoms at the time…

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Florida’s Tebow Youngest to win Academy’s Humanitarian Award

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There is no better praise than the kind that comes from a rival player, team or coach. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, the youngest winner in the history of the United States Sports Academy’s Jackie Robinson Humanitarian Award, receives plenty of praise from coaches all over the Southeastern Conference. “Football. Athleticism. Leadership. Charity work. His faith. You name it. I’ve never seen anybody who had all that in one package,” said Hall of Fame coach Vince…

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TAFA Named Academy’s Sport Artist of the Year

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Ghana native TAFA was named the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year for 2010. Painter TAFA has been named the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year for 2010. TAFA competed against seventy-five (75) other sport artists from around the world for the honor. He was nominated by Paul Goodnight, who was the 1997 Sport Artist of the Year. TAFA is a native of…

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