Yearly Archives

2010

Spain Reigns as Villa Edges Nadal on the Male Side; Korean Ices Female Side in Athlete of the Year

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David Villa Five soccer goals and 200 skating points earned David Villa of Spain and Kim Yu-Na of South Korea the honor of being named the United States Sports Academy’s 2010 Male and Female Athletes of the Year. The two champions were selected through a worldwide ballot that saw the public cast hundreds of thousands of votes thanks to distribution through the websites of NBC Sports and USA Today. Villa’s five goals helped lead his…

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Auburn Quarterback, Sprinter Named Academy's Alabama Athletes of the Year

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Cameron Newton Two of Auburn University’s athletic teams dramatically improved their performances by acquiring 21-year-old junior college transfers in 2010. And those two transfers were named Male and Female Alabama Athlete of the Year by the United States Sports Academy. Cameron Newton, the Academy’s Alabama Male Athlete of the Year, is the quarterback who won the Heisman Trophy in dominant fashion and was named Associated Press College Football Player of the Year, along with many…

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Image of the Athlete: Rush, Weber, Rezner Capture it in Different Ways

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Few artists can capture the image of the athlete like Rick Rush, Harry Weber and John Rezner. They each have different ways of capturing that image, but all three were named 2011 Sport Artist of the Year by the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA). Rick Rush Rush does it through painting, Weber with bronze statues and Rezner with face jugs, but all can thank Rush for his battle to earn a trade with…

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New Dynasties Earn Academy Team of the Year Honors

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The newest dynasties in international soccer and women’s college basketball earned the United States Sports Academy’s Men’s and Women’s Team of the Year awards for 2010. The Spanish national team, which won its first FIFA World Cup in 2010, was named Men’s Team of the Year. The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team, which is riding the longest winning streak in the history of college basketball, is the Women’s Team of the Year for the…

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Haitian Men's Amputee National Team Visits Academy

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During a trip organized by Dr. Fred Sorrells, the President of the International Institute of Sport (IIOS), the Haitian Men’s Amputee National team visited the United States Sports Academy on Tuesday, 14 December. Sorrells helped put Haiti’s amputee soccer team together after an earthquake devastated the country earlier this year. He was seeking a therapeutic way to help the disabled in Haiti when he discovered the Amputee World Cup being held in Argentina. The soccer…

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Local Ceramic Potter Wins Academy Distinguished Service Award

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John Rezner, a ceramic potter known for his “face jugs,” will receive a Distinguished Service Award from the United States Sports Academy. The Fairhope, Ala.-based artist makes pottery from clay he digs from his own land but is seen all over the world. Baldwin County clay is highly prized for its aesthetic qualities. A member of the Academy’s Art Committee, he created a face jug – jug shaped with an individual’s facial features – of…

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Academy President Attends IOC's 7th World Conference on Sport

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Photographed from left: Jean Durry, Founder of the French National Sport Museum, France; Professor Konstantino Georgiadis, Honorary Dean of the International Olympic Academy, Greece; Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, President of the United States Sports Academy, United States; and Dr. Franco Ascani, President of the International Sport Cinema and Television Federation (FICTS), Italy. United States Sports Academy President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich recently traveled to Durban, South Africa, to attend the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) 7th…

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Academy Toys for Tots Campaign Concludes

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The United States Sports Academy’s faculty and staff gathered with Marines from Spanish Fort and Toys for Tots regional coordinator Shinora Redmond on Friday, 10 December, as they retrieved the toy donations collected at the Academy. Children from Spanish Fort Elementary School smile while gathered around their donations to the Academy’s Toys for Tots campaign. Long considered the region’s largest collection center for the Toys for Tots program, the Academy teamed up with the U.S….

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Arizona State's Two Blocked Extra Points Leads to College Football Game of the Week

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Arizona State junior defensive end James Brooks blocked a potential game-winning extra point, then blocked a would-be game-tying extra point to give the Sun Devils bowl eligibility and a 30-29 victory over Arizona in United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Week. Visiting Arizona State rallied from an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter, only to allow the Wildcats to march down the field for a tying touchdown, one point from ending the…

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Decathlete/Heptathlete Eaton Earns All-Around Athlete Award

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Photo credit: Kirby Lee Decathletes are always considered all-around athletes, but five-time NCAA Champion Ashton Eaton has been named winner of the Jim Thorpe All-Around Award by the United States Sports Academy because of his accomplishments in the decathlon and heptathlon. The decathlon is the track and field competition that combines 10 events, and the heptathlon is a combination of seven events and involves male competitors in indoor track meets and female athletes in outdoor…

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Everyone Can Submit Nominations to Name "Mr. Baseball"

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Nominations are being accepted online for the United States Sports Academy’s “Mr. Baseball” competition. The purpose of the ballot will be to determine the greatest baseball player of all time, and to name the impending new addition by Fairhope sculptor Bruce Larsen to the Academy’s Sport Sculpture Park. Baseball fans can submit their nominations by visiting Greatest Baseball Player of All Time nomination form. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, 4 February, 2011. Larsen’s new…

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Academy Helps Promotes Mobile Bay Area to World Leisure Congress

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The United States Sports Academy participated in the effort to bring the World Leisure Organization (WLO) to Mobile, Ala, for its 2014 World Leisure Congress. Academy President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (center) met with members of the WLO Board of Directors who visited the Daphne campus this past summer, including (left to right) Jack Agrios from Alberta, Canada; Secretary General Dr. Chris Edington from the University of Northern Iowa; Chairman of the Board Derek Casey…

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