2010 March

Academy Student Coaches Team to National Championship

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William Brown’s rookie season as the men’s basketball coach at Talladega College in Alabama couldn’t have finished any better.

Brown, a master’s student at the United States Sports Academy, led Talladega to its second consecutive national title with a 65-56 victory over Southern Virginia University to win the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division I national championship.

Talladega College is Alabama’s oldest private historically black liberal arts college and home of the famous Amistad murals. It was founded in 1867.

ESPN's Corso Accepts Reagan Media Award

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ESPN college football studio analyst Lee Corso accepted the United States Sports Academy’s Ronald Reagan Media Award on Wednesday, 24 March 2010.

Dr. Linda Moore, the senior director of business administration for ESPN and an Academy alumna, presented Corso with the award on the ESPN campus in Bristol, Conn.

Corso joined ESPN in 1987 after coaching football at the college and pro levels for 28 seasons. He is best known for donning the mascot head of the teams he picks to win games at the end of the network’s popular College GameDay show.

Corso coached at Louisville, Indiana and Northern Illinois during his college career, and also spent time with the Orlando Renegades of the United States Football League (USFL).

The Ronald Reagan Media Award, named in honor of the 40th President of the United States, is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to sport through broadcasting, print, photography or acting. The individual should exhibit imagination, excitement and genius in kindling a keen public interest and appreciation for the role of sport in modern society.

Sport Artist Winner Visits Academy

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Opie Otterstad, the 2006 Sport Artist of the Year, visited the United States Sports Academy on Thursday, 25 March. Otterstad has focused primarily on sports for the last 18 years, and most recently captured the New York Yankees’ 2009 World Series championship with a celebration painting.

Otterstad’s works are on display at the Academy. His gallery includes works in many sports — baseball, basketball, boxing, football, golf and hockey. He is scheduled to be part of the Academy’s online book, “Sport as Art: The Artist and the Athlete.” The book will celebrate more than 25 years of Sport Artists who have been honored by the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA).

Bahraini Olympic Committee Working with Academy

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The Kingdom of Bahrain and the United States Sports Academy have been working together for almost 40 years.

Recently, the president of the Bahraini Olympic Committee, His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa met with Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich to discuss sport programs in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The Academy currently delivers its International Certificate in Sports Marketing (ICSM) programs through Bahrain’s General Organization for Youth and Sports (GOYS).

Academy's Alumnus of the Year Leads Charity Book Drive

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Academy Board of Trustees Chairman Robert C. Campbell, left, gives the 2009 Alumnus of the Year medallion to James Vilade.

A devotion to charitable causes is one of the many reasons why University of Texas at Tyler baseball coach and athletic director James Vilade was honored as the 2009 United States Sports Academy Alumnus of the Year.

One of Vilade’s favorite charities is the Boys & Girls Club of East Texas. During the last two months, the Tyler baseball team and area students collected 1,700 books in two book drives. The books will be used to open a library for the Boys & Girls Club and be distributed free to children at a “Day for Kids” event.

“I’ve always recognized (community works) as part of the educational process. It’s essential,” Vilade told the Tyler Morning Telegraph. “In our community, we have to take care of each other and we have to come up with ideas to support the needs. Literacy is a big thing. We need all kids to read and need all kids to have books.”

Vilade is a 2003 master’s graduate in sports management. He recently announced his resignation at Tyler effective in June, when he will accept a position as vice president with the Premier Baseball Academy in Plano, Texas, and serve as an associate scout with the Florida Marlins.

Mr. Vincent Chin Receives Certificate of Meritorious Achievement

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Vice President of the United States Sports Academy, Dr. T.J. Rosandich (left), presents a Certificate of Meritorious Achievement to the General Manager of KH Sports World, Mr. Vincent Chin (right), in recognition of service and valuable contributions to Sport Education while Malaysian Minister of Sports for Melaka, Datuk Capt. (Ret.) Hj Abdul Karim bin Sulaiman, witnesses the presentation.

Canadian Paralympian Accepts IOC Disabled Athlete Award

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Canada’s Chantal Petitclerc accepted the United States Sports Academy’s Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC Disabled Athlete Award during a presentation at the site of the opening ceremony for the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver.

Sir Philip Craven, the president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and a past winner of the Disabled Athlete Award, presented the award to Petitclerc, a dominant figure in wheelchair racing.

Petitclerc has won five gold medals in each of the last two Paralympics, covering races from 100 meters to 1,500 meters. In Beijing in 2008 she set three world records and four Paralympic records. She has 21 career Paralympic medals, including 14 golds.

Petitclerc participated in the opening ceremony for the 2010 Games, which continue through 21 March.

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DSA winner Raschker wins 10 Medals at World Indoor Masters

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Phil Raschker poses with the United States Sports Academy’s Sport Artist of the Year, TAFA, during a gathering at the Academy in January.

Phil Raschker was named USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week after winning 10 medals at the recent 2010 World Indoor Masters Athletics Championships in British Columbia, Canada.

Raschker, 63, received a 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the United States Sports Academy for her continued excellence in senior track and field events. Her run of success continued in British Columbia, where she won golds in the following events in the women’s class for 60-year-olds: 200 meters, 400, 60 hurdles, pole vault, long jump, triple jump and the indoor pentathlon.

She also had silvers in the 60-meter sprint and high jump, and anchored an 800 relay team that finished with bronze.

Raschker is a tax accountant from Marietta, Ga. She is also a member of the Academy’s Board of Visitors.

Academy to Develop Sport Education Programs in Barcelona, Spain

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Maestro Cristobal Gabarron, standing, left, and son Cris Gabarron look on as Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich and Juan Gabarron sign papers.

The United States Sports Academy has reached an agreement with the Gabarron Foundation to deliver sport education programs in the city of Barcelona, Spain.

Barcelona hosted the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. Spain’s Cristobal Gabarron created the magnificent Olympic mural, “History of the Olympic Games,” for the Barcelona Games. It is the largest mural in the world with sport motives. The Board of Trustees for the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) elected Gabarron as the 1992 Sport Artist of the Year.

Cristobal Gabarron and his sons, Cris and Juan, joined Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich in signing the Protocol for Cooperation at the Gabarron Foundation Carriage House Center for the Arts in New York City.

Academy to Deliver Education Programs in Gabon

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Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich and Foreign Minister of the Republic of Gabon Paul Toungui shake hands after signing a Protocol of Cooperation.

The United States Sports Academy and the Republic of Gabon signed an agreement to bring the Academy’s sport education programs to the country located in west central Africa.

Paul Toungui, the foreign minister of Gabon, and Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich signed an agreement during meetings in New York. During a stay in New York, Dr. Rosandich also met with the Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba to discuss programs.

Dr. Susan Blackwood Joins Academy’s Board of Trustees

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Dr. Susan Blackwood of the San Antonio Sports Foundation has been appointed to the United States Sports Academy’s Board of Trustees.

Dr. Blackwood has been executive director of the San Antonio Sports Foundation since 1996. As executive director she is responsible for attracting major sporting events to San Antonio. During her tenure San Antonio has hosted three National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Final Fours and will host the women’s Final Four next month. She also serves as the foundation’s primary fundraiser and grant solicitor, in addition to serving as a catalyst for developing sports and fitness programs for people of all ages.

Since 1997, Dr. Blackwood has also served as an adjunct professor at Incarnate Word University in San Antonio, specializing in the topics of leadership and understanding in sports organizations.

Before moving to the San Antonio Sports Foundation, Dr. Blackwood was associate director of athletics at the University of Texas at Austin from 1990 to 1994; assistant commissioner of the Southwest Athletic Conference from 1988 to 1990; and spent seven years as the assistant athletics director of the University Interscholastic League.

Dr. Blackwood earned her bachelor’s in physical science from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1970, where she also earned her master’s (1973) and doctorate (1984).

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