2010 August

Academy Named 2011 Military Friendly School

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Photographed from left to right: Coordinator of Continuing Education and Military Programs, Ms. Donna Parks; Dean of Student Services, Dr. Craig Bogar; and Associate Dean of Continuing Education, Ms. Betsy Smith.

Photographed from left to right: Coordinator of Continuing Education and Military Programs, Ms. Donna Parks; Dean of Student Services, Dr. Craig Bogar; and Associate Dean of Continuing Education, Ms. Betsy Smith.

The United States Sports Academy has been selected by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School for 2011. This honor places the Academy in the top 15% of all schools nationwide.

To meet the needs of the military, the Academy offers online professional development opportunities for semester credit hours. In fact, the Academy is now offering a new certification in sports performance. This online certification is comprised of six areas of study, from which military personnel may select three. Areas of study include: Personal Training, Sports Strength and Conditioning, Sports Injury Management, Sports Coaching, Sports Fitness, and Wellness.

All courses can be accessed 24/7 and tuition assistance is honored for all branches of service. Spouses of military personnel are also eligible for tuition assistance through the Military OneSource program.

The Academy is flexible in accommodating students who are mobilized and called to active duty. Under this option, a student will be able to continue coursework upon release. The Academy is proud to be a military-friendly school serving all the needs of our military.

Academy Vice President Donates Soccer Equipment to Gabon’s Football Federation

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Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich donated 25 complete youth soccer uniforms, as well as several soccer balls and soccer ball pumps, to the Federation Gabonaise de Football (FGF) during a recent visit to the Central African nation. Mr. Herve Patrick Opiangah (right), a senior official with FGF, accepted the donation on behalf of the organization.

The items given to FGF were donated by Ms. Jill Menzel, the founding President of SCORE American Soccer Company, Inc. Based in California, SCORE has been a part of the soccer world for more than 35 years and is one of the leading sports uniform manufacturers in the United States.

SCORE believes in the importance of creating opportunities for everyone to play the game they love, and continues to exhibit its strong dedication by generously donating needed soccer equipment to various organizations and teams throughout the world.

Most recently, SCORE donated more than $25,000 worth of team uniforms (shirts, shorts, and socks) to Haiti in conjunction with Airline Ambassadors, a non-profit organization. The equipment was specifically given to L’Athletique d’Haita, an organization that manages several soccer fields just outside of the tent city Soleil in Port au Prince (widely known through the efforts of actor Sean Penn). In addition to the uniforms, SCORE also donated more than 250 soccer balls, as well as goal posts and nets for L’Athletique d’Haita’s fields.

Academy Vice President Travels to Gabon for Sport Development

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Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich (left) recently met with Rene Ndemezo Obiang, Gabon’s Minister of Youth, Sports, and Leisure, during a trip to the Central African nation to discuss sport development.

The Academy signed an agreement with Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba, the President of Gabon, in March of 2010, to bring its sport education programs to the nation. Under the agreement, the Academy will send a team of experts to Gabon to assess the current state of facilities, equipment, programs, and staff qualifications, as well as other associated aspects of Gabon’s sport program.

The nation of over 1.5 million citizens has participated in the Olympics since 1972 with its largest delegation participating in the 1996 Atlanta Games. Gabon made a splash in the sports world this past January in the Africa Cup soccer tournament with a 1-0 upset over four-time champion Cameroon.

For nearly four decades, the Academy has provided sport education programs to more than 60 countries throughout the world. From the beginning, the Academy’s general mission has been to serve the world as a sport education resource, upgrading sport through programs of instruction, research, and service.

Spain Reigns and Tennis Rules in Athlete of the Month Voting

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Rafael Nadal

Tennis players took the No. 1 spots and Spaniards swept the male side in the United States Sports Academy’s July Athlete of the Month balloting. Rafael Nadal was named Male Athlete of the Month and Serena Williams was named Female Athlete of the Month.

Rafael Nadal, a tennis player from Spain, was named Male Athlete of the Month in a month in which he won the Wimbledon Championship, his countryman cyclist Alberto Contador won the Tour de France and his country won the FIFA World Cup. With forward David Villa scoring five goals for the Spanish soccer team, his country swept the top three spots on the male ballot.

Finishing a close second in the voting was Contador, who held off a next-to-last day challenge from Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, his runner-up for a second consecutive year, to win the Tour de France for the third time in four years. He defeated Schleck by 39 seconds.

Villa scored five goals and took 32 shots on goal to help his country win its first FIFA World Cup. He scored the winning goals in the first and second round of the playoffs and both goals in a critical 2-0 win over Honduras.

Serena Williams

Williams earned Female Athlete of the Month honors by winning her fourth Wimbledon title and 13th Grand Slam tournament. The American tennis pro defeated Russia’s Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-2 in a 67-minute finals match to retain the Ladies’ Singles Championship.

Finishing second on the female side was British triathlete Chrissie Wellington. The three-time world champion recorded a time of 8:19:13 to beat her own previous world record by 12:46, and won the Challenge Roth event, finishing half-an-hour ahead of Australia’s Rebecca Keat.

American softball player Alisa Haber finished third in the female balloting. Leading the U.S. to a gold medal, the outfielder from Stanford batted .600 and had a tournament-record 20 RBIs at the International Softball Federation XII Women’s World Championship in Caracas, Venezuela.

The public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month nominating and balloting processes. Visit the Academy website and fill out the nomination form, and return to the website the first week of each month to vote on the Athlete of the Month. Winners will be announced on the Academy’s website and in the online edition of the Academy Update.

Academy Names New Vice President of Development and Academic Dean

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Dr. Arthur Ogden (left) meets with Dr. Fred Cromartie (right)

Two United States Sports Academy faculty members received significant promotions Friday, as Dr. Arthur Ogden was named Vice President of Development and Dr. Fred Cromartie was named Dean of Academic Affairs.

For Dr. Ogden, it’s a new chapter in a 40-year career in education. For Dr. Cromartie, it’s another milestone in his 15-year relationship with the Academy that began when he was a student in the Master’s degree program.

Dr. Cromartie first arrived at the Academy in 1995 to pursue a Master’s degree in sports medicine, his second Master’s degree. Upon completion of his Master’s, he pursued his Doctor of Education degree in sports management and began working for the Academy as a teaching assistant.

He began working for the Academy full-time as an admissions counselor and quickly worked his way up to the position of Director of Student Services. Dr. Cromartie joined the Academy faculty after completing his doctorate in 2000 and served as chair of sports coaching and sports medicine before becoming chair of the largest academic program of Sports Management in the world. He became Director of Doctoral Studies in 2008.

Dr. Cromartie earned his first Master’s degree in human resource development from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his bachelor’s degree in leadership management at Ripon (Wisc.) College.

Dr. Ogden, the previous academic dean and former Assistant Athletic Director at Auburn University, has worked in education and sports for more than 40 years. He has been a head football coach and athletic director at both the high school and collegiate levels. He has also served as a dean of liberal arts, a graduate dean, and a college president.

He was recently appointed to the advisory committee for the Caribbean School of Sports Science, a new multi-national division of the University of Technology in Jamaica. He has taught overseas in Jamaica, Bahrain in the Middle East, and Botswana in Africa. A native of Miami, Fla., Dr. Ogden earned his Bachelor’s degree from LaSalle University, his Master’s degree from the University of Delaware, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Walden University.

Academy, Pentagon Officials Discussing Education Program for "Wounded Warriors"

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Academy Trustee Don Wukash (left) presents the painting

Academy Trustee Don Wukash (left) presents the painting “Wounded Warrior” to J.R. Martinez, an Iraq war veteran and the Academy’s 2009 Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zacharias Courage Award recipient.

The United States Sports Academy is working with the U.S. military “Wounded Warrior” program, which aims to bring in military personnel, who are ill, wounded, and/or disabled from post-9/11 overseas combat duty, to participate in on-campus academic programs.

A delegation from the program will be visiting the Daphne campus Thursday, 2 September to discuss the Academy’s possible involvement. The group includes Col. David W. Sutherland, Director of Warrior & Family Programs for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, members of his staff, and Jack Lengyel, a special advisor to the program, who is a former Academy trustee and former athletic director for the U.S. Naval Academy.

A white paper titled “The Sea of Goodwill,” written by Sutherland and Major John W. Copeland, focuses on three key elements in helping veterans and their families reintegrate into civilian society: education, access to health care for life, and employment.

The Sea of Goodwill brings a holistic balance to the Wounded Warrior Program, commonly known as the “trinity.” These three key components are necessary to ensure service members and their families achieve a seamless transition back into civilian society.

“The potential of the Sea of Goodwill is not just the nation’s government, non-governmental agencies, benevolent organizations, and institutes of higher learning.” Sutherland and Copeland stated. “Its potential is in the heart of our nation’s communities – the citizens of those towns and cities. The aim of this Sea of Goodwill is matching donors with the needs of Service members, veterans, their families, and the families of the fallen.”

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich said the key to the trinity’s balance is education. As Thomas Jefferson once said, “To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education. The mortar of a community is its schools. Institutions of higher learning link community, spiritual, business, social, and benevolent support to opportunities.”

Since many of these students will have disabilities, the Academy is working with members of the Daphne community and the rest of the Mobile Bay area to take care of their housing and transportation needs. It is estimated that 50 percent of all veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

“The Academy can take the lead in the area of education, with the help of other colleges and universities in Mobile Bay,” Dr. Rosandich said. “The program cannot be done without the support of the community at all levels.”

'Iron Bowl' Football Rivalry Celebrated in Art Show

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Forty-one certified limited edition prints depicting the Alabama-Auburn football rivalry will be displayed and auctioned at a special art show where the painter, Daniel Moore, will also unveil the 2009 College Football Game of the Year painting on the United States Sports Academy’s campus at 5 p.m. Thursday, 16 September.

Moore, the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, donated the 41 prints featured in his book Iron Bowl Gold, to ASAMA. Each of the prints will be made available to the public in a silent auction during the art show. The prints depict each of the Alabama-Auburn games, traditionally called the Iron Bowl, played from 1948 through 1988.

Copies of Iron Bowl Gold will be available for purchase during the art show, where guests will have the opportunity to have their copy personalized by Moore. Written by legendary football announcer Keith Jackson, the book also features articles from past issues of The Birmingham News.

During the art show, Moore will also unveil the Academy’s commissioned painting for the 2009 College Football Game of the Year Award, depicting the University of Alabama’s 32-13 victory over the University of Florida in the Southeastern Conference Championship game.

The Academy’s College Football Game of the Year is selected annually by an expert committee chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former Naval Academy Athletic Director, who was the head football coach that rebuilt the Marshall University football program after a devastating plane crash. Lengyel’s story is highly recognized as that featured in the 2006 motion picture “We Are Marshall.”

The College Football Game of the Year Committee also includes such former esteemed coaches as Hall of Famer Vince Dooley from the University of Georgia; Dr. Homer Rice, the former head coach at Rice University and longtime Georgia Tech athletic director; and Ron Dickerson, the first African-American head football coach in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I-A history.

The Academy will also be selling bricks at the art show to support the Iron Bowl Monument, which is the latest addition to the Academy’s Sport Sculpture Park. Designed by Bruce Larsen of Fairhope, the 2009 Sport Artist of the Year for Sculpture, the monument honors the Iron Bowl rivalry and is displayed on the east side of the Academy campus. Bricks can be purchased for $50 and can be personalized to commemorate your passion for America’s favorite sport.

National Museum Announces Sport Art Contest

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National Art Museum of Sport

The National Art Museum of Sport (NAMOS) is inviting sport artists to participate in its inaugural juried “Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport: A Fine Art Competition” and exhibit.

Up to 50 paintings, sculptures and photographs depicting sport selected by a jury, will be exhibited at the museum on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The exhibit is scheduled to open in November and close 1 April 2011.

Submissions to the competition are to be made through www.juriedartservices.com (click on the NAMOS logo to apply). The submission deadline is 15 October. Entries are to be original art work and be submitted by digital images.

Eligible entries must have sports as a subject, individual or team, competitive or recreational, participant or spectator, remembered or studied, still life, figurative or landscape. There are three categories: Painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor or mixed media), sculpture (bronze clay or composition, stone, or wood) and photography. Except for entries in photography, work must be produced by the “hand of the artist” – no digital or computer art.

All present or past athletes (amateur or professional) who have become artists are encouraged to enter and compete.

Medals and prize money will be awarded to the top three winners in the competition’s three categories with the opportunity to be part of the NAMOS permanent collection. There will also be a $2,500 prized for “The Germain G. Glidden” award for best in show.

The competition will recognize artists who have dedicated their lives in the pursuit of interpretive, realistic or narrative art celebrating sport. It will further NAMOS’ mission to promote the visibility, accessibility, understanding and preservation or art depicting sport.

NAMOS was founded in 1959 in New York City by the late Glidden, a portrait artist and national squash champion. It has been housed at University Place – IUPUI since 1994.

“We Are Marshall” Coach to Receive Honorary Doctorate

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Jack Lengyel, who is probably best known as the coach portrayed in the film “We Are Marshall” that depicts the rebuilding of the Marshall University football program after a 1970 airplane crash, will receive an honorary doctorate from the United States Sports Academy.

Lengyel, a former trustee for the Academy, followed his four years as head coach at Marshall with an extensive career in athletic administration, most notably his 13-year career as the Athletic Director for the United States Naval Academy (USNA), where he oversaw 30 varsity sports programs and was responsible for the new construction and renovations of several sport facilities. During his tenure at Navy, Lengyel received a Lifetime Service Award from the Annapolis Touchdown Club (2001), was appointed to the USNA Foundation Board of Trustee’s (2001), and the Naval Academy’s strength and conditioning facility was named in his honor.

Lengyel has stayed active in the nine years since his retirement, serving at different times as the interim athletic director at the University of Colorado, Eastern Kentucky, and Temple. He has also conducted strategic reviews for the athletic departments at Texas State-San Marcos, Northern Arizona, and Towson State. Lengyel also worked as a college football color analyst for ESPN. He is now the Vice President of Business Development for XOS Digital, Inc., a provider of digital technology and media management solutions to collegiate and professional sports organizations.

In 2008, Lengyel accompanied Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on a USO Tour of Iraq and Afghanistan. He is currently assisting the Pentagon with the “Sea of Goodwill” project to help returning veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq secure employment, education, and health care benefits.

But his most publicized legacy will be what occurred in Huntington, W.V. in the early 1970s.

On Nov. 14, 1970, 75 people boarded the Southern Airways DC-9 in Greenville, N.C., to return to Huntington after a game against East Carolina. It was a rainy, windy night, and none of the crew members had ever landed at Tri-State Airport, which is located on a tabletop plateau close to the Kentucky-West Virginia-Ohio border. At 7:42 p.m., as it was about to land, the plane clipped the tops of the trees west of Runway 11 and crashed into an Appalachian hillside with a full load of fuel. Thirty-seven Marshall football players, 25 supporters, eight coaches, and five crew members were killed.

After the crash, there was a movement to drop the Marshall football program, which was left with four varsity players who did not make the trip to East Carolina; three assistant coaches and graduate assistant who traveled home by automobile; and the freshman football team from the previous season. The community was hurting not only by the loss of its football players, but several university and public officials, prominent business leaders, four doctors and their wives.

Instead of dropping the program, Lengyel, who had been head coach of football and lacrosse at The College of Wooster (Ohio) for the previous five years, was hired as head coach for Marshall. At that time, freshmen were ineligible to compete in varsity sports, but the NCAA gave Marshall special permission to utilize them as players so Lengyel’s staff could rebuild the program through recruiting.

President Richard Nixon sent Lengyel a letter of encouragement, writing, “Friends across the land will be rooting for you, but whatever the season brings, you have already won your greatest victory by putting the 1971 varsity squad on the field.”

With a team of mostly freshmen, the young Thundering Herd won its home opener against Xavier that season, and Lengyel remained at Marshall for four years, where he rebuilt the football program and the team’s four-year structure. In 1996, when Marshall won the NCAA Division 1-AA National Championship, head coach Bob Pruitt gave Lengyel a championship ring for resurrecting the program.

After three years in the private sector, Lengyel became the Associate Athletic Director at Louisville (1980) and then the University of Missouri (1981-84). Following his stint at Missouri, he was named Director of Athletics at Fresno State, where the men’s basketball team won the NIT Championship in 1984. The football team finished an undefeated 1985 season with a 51-7 victory over Bowling Green in the California Bowl. After that, Lengyel returned to the University of Missouri as a Director of Athletics, where he stayed three years before being hired by the Naval Academy.

For the United States Sports Academy, Lengyel served on the Board of Trustees from 1992-’93 and was on the Board of Visitors from 1988-’91 and from 2003 to the present. He is also chairman of the College Football Game of the Year Committee, which selects an NCAA Division One football game every year to be recognized. The winner of said game is honored with a painting from sports artist Daniel Moore and a $5,000 donation to the general scholarship fund.

Lengyel has been active in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) for two decades, having served as president from 1989 to ’90, and was also a member of the executive committee. He is a member of the past presidents’ committee.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame (NFF); chairs the NFF’s Divisional Honors Court; and served on the NFF’s football honors review, awards, and executive committees.

Lengyel served on the NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship Committee and Postseason Football Committee. He has chaired the Director of Athletics Committees for the Big Eight Conference and the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. From 1994-2000, he chaired the International Rowing Association Board of Stewards.

In 2009, Lengyel received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Argosy University in Phoenix, Ariz. He has also received NACDA’s James J. Corbett Award for a distinguished career and outstanding contribution to college athletics. Other honors include, but are not limited to, the NFF John L. Toner Award for an Athletic Director who has made significant contribution to football; The Homer Rice Award for a distinguished career as an athletic director; Distinguished Service Awards from Marshall University and the United States Sports Academy; the GMAC Bowl Champions of Life Award; The Annapolis Touchdown Club Lifetime Service Award; the NIT/NACDA Athletic Administration Award; the Akron University Distinguished Alumni Award; NFF Honoree for Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football; the Akron University Sports Hall of Fame Achievement Award; the Akron/Summit County Sports Hall of Fame; the American Football and Basketball Coaches Conference Sports Leadership Award; The Campbellsville (Ky.) University Leadership Award; and was a Distinguished Military Student and received the Distinguished Military Graduate award from Akron University.

Chinese Sports Entrepreneur to Receive Honorary Doctorate

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Guo Jie, President of Worldteam Sports, will receive an honorary doctorate from the United States Sports Academy.

Not only is he the inventor of Nine-Star sports shoes, the first sports sponsor of the 11th Asian Games, but Guo has helped purchase the first Chinese-owned Formula One racing team, and is a major partner of the NBA operations in China. He could also be called China’s version of Nike founder Phil Knight, because of his chain of sporting goods stores, SportsCube, that has made him a major player in the sporting goods and sports sponsorship industry in the world’s most populous nation.

Guo, a native of Fujian, China, was educated at the Hunan Institute of Finance and Economics, Shenyang University of Technology, and Peking University. In 2003, he received the first Jinding Award for Outstanding Marketer. He also received the 2006 Best Professional Elite Award.

For 10 years Guo successfully promoted and marketed the growth of Red Bull in Asia, and guided Worldteam to the first strategic cooperation agreement with the NBA in China. He also planned and organized the first Chinese yacht sailing that went around the world. He was involved in the agreement to hold the Italian Super Cup preseason soccer matches in China. The first such match, in 2009, drew nearly 90,000 spectators.

Along with being CEO of Worldteam, he serves as the senior manager of projects and international affairs in the Chinese sports industry, Vice Chairman of the Tourism Association for the Fujian Province, and he serves on the board of directors for the Fujian National Tourism Group.

Worldteam Sports, formally titled China Worldteam Investment Holdings Group Limited, is an international sports investment management group, professionally investing in China and international sports and cultural markets. Worldteam serves global business partners in the areas of sports projects investment; management, sports facilities, and properties management; and the exploration and development in sports markets, sports marketing, etc. Its main focus is sports commerce, media, real estate, and culture.

Guo’s philosophy as President of Worldteam is that sports marketing is not “blow-out” action, but a long-term ecological chain, consisting of the customer, the crowd, the organization, and the type of business involved. Only this ecological chain can represent sports marketing in its aim to please the public, and to create vitality in developing the ability that brings wealth, according to Guo.

Founded in 1998 to invest in China’s burgeoning basketball marketing fields, Worldteam now has a multitude of sports programs, including World Sports City, the China Basketball Museum, the China Basketball Open (CBO), the Teenage Basketball Association of China (TTBA), and SportsCube. It has established long-term relationships with the Academy, the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council, the Sino European Economic and Cultural Development Council, the NBA, the China Basketball Association, and China Central Television 5. The organization also maintains close ties with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Basketball Hall of Fame.

Under the direction of Worldteam, China’s amateur basketball organizations were gathered under the TTBA umbrella. CBO is a 12-team elite amateur basketball tournament that began in 2005. Hosted by the NBA, the first chief consultant for the event was the late former International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samarach. SportsCube is a chain of sporting goods stores targeting ages 13-19 in the Chinese market.

Among the 13 members of Worldteam’s advisory board are Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich; Cheng Wanqi, honorary President of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA); and Mia Fusheng, President of NBA in China.

In 2009, with help from the Academy, Guo was elected Vice President of the International Public Sports Federation Far East Region. In addition, he serves as Undersecretary General of the Chinese Culture Promotion Society, which is supervised by the Chinese Ministry of Culture. He also serves as Secretary General of the Festival China Collaborative, which is responsible for organizing and promoting China’s many festivals.

Academy Vice President Attends Sports Security Conference

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Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich (left) met with Dr. Lou Marciani, the Director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), during the NCS4’s annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, LA on 3 August 2010.

With the theme “Balancing Safety, Security, and Spectator Experience,” the conference is conducted by the University of Southern Mississippi to address potential threats and risks to the safety and security of sporting events. With the professional and college football seasons just around the corner, as well as the World Series not far beyond, spectator safety is high on the minds of many in both the sports protection and sports industries.

To address this bigger-than-ever part of the sporting industry, the United States Sports Academy has added a Sports Security Emphasis to its Bachelor of Sports Science Degree in Sports Management academic curriculum. The emphasis in sports security is designed for individuals who are interested in learning about the principles and theories associated with security and how they apply to sport venues.

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