2010 September

Academy Arranges Tour of American Sport for Thailand Sport Leaders

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Delegates from the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) visited United States Sports Academy campus this week on the final half of its fourth annual study tour of sport in the United States.

The Academy has delivered sports programs in more than 60 countries around the world. The Academy has a long-standing relationship with the SAT, sending instructors to Thailand to teach certification courses in the Sports Management and Sports Coaching programs. The SAT is Thailand’s primary sports organization and plays a vital role in developing sport.

Betsy Smith, Associate Dean of Continuing Education, has led 18 administrators from the SAT around the country to observe top sports programs and university facilities in the United States. The tour began in California, where the delegation attended a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers in San Francisco’s AT&T Park on 14 September.

“What impressed them the most about all of the sporting events we attended was that they were family events,” Smith said. “In Thailand, it’s mostly men that attend sporting events with some women and very few children.”

The group traveled to Stanford University the following day and toured the University’s athletic facilities. Stanford, with 35 athletic teams, has won the Director’s Cup for outstanding Division One sports program 16 years in a row. Smith pointed out that the facility for each sport had a wall that listed the Olympians, professional athletes, and the world record holders that Stanford had produced in that sport.

The group spent the last part of the week in Colorado Springs, Colo., touring the Untied States Olympic Training Center Friday and visiting the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) headquarters. The visit was highlighted by a meeting with USOC Chief Operating Officer Norman Bellingham, discussions with Dave McCann, the manager of the Olympic coaching program, and Meredith Miller, high performance director for USA Tae Kwon Do, as well as a tour of the sports performance laboratory given by Dr. Randy Wilbur, physiologist.

The delegates traveled to Mobile, Ala. the next day and attended the University of South Alabama’s football game against Nicholls State.

“They were impressed by the fact that it was a multi-cultural audience,” Smith said about the football game. “And they loved the band. Every time we have people from Thailand here we have to watch the halftime show. In Thailand, they have a band perform before soccer games, but it’s not a marching band.”

After a shopping trip to Foley, Ala. and a visit to Orange Beach on Sunday, the group spent Monday and Tuesday attending seminars conducted by the Academy faculty on sports management, youth sports coaching, sports medicine, and athlete development.

The delegation will spend the rest of the week in Orlando, Fla., for a tour that includes a visit to ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex, the United States Slow-pitch Softball Association’s Slow-Pitch Softball World Series, and the National Touch Rugby Competition.

Pictured from left: Regina Hartman, USOC International Relations Coordinator; Ubon Thongpanya; Rutthasreste Pachatikapanya; Wichien Jomprakon; Paitoon Wong-Anukan; Betsy Smith, United States Sports Academy Associate Dean of Continuing Education; Sumalee Vinyuvat, Sports Authority of Thailand Program Director; Vissanu Laichapis; Varunee Pookwanmuang; Norman Bellingham, USOC Chief Operating Officer; Pabhawin Attasilapakit; Sukit Pitakcharoen; Nilmanee Sriboon; Orasee Jayapoon; Tanayod Putthapong; Rashell Daiphontunya; Sayan Makkharom; Phichayavee Panurushthanon; and Satis Seedokbuab.

UCLA Shocker in Austin is Academy’s College Football Game of the Week

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UCLA took a 1-2 record to Austin and shocked No. 7 Texas 34-12 in the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Week.

After a start of 0-2 that included a 35-0 loss to Stanford, the Bruins bounced back with a win over No. 23 Houston and then Saturday’s victory over the Longhorns. UCLA forced four first-half turnovers and ran over the nation’s No. 2 rushing defense with 264 yards on the ground.

The College Football Game of the Week, voted upon by a national panel of experts, is nominated for the College Football Game of the Year at the end of the regular season.

Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy donates the painting to the winning university, along with $5,000 for its general scholarship fund.

Game of the Year Painting Revealed at Academy Art Show

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2005 Sport Artist of the Year Daniel Moore with the Academy's 2009 College Football Game of the Year Award painting.

2005 Sport Artist of the Year Daniel Moore with the Academy’s 2009 College Football Game of the Year Award painting.

Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy’s key third-down conversion in the 2009 Southeastern Conference Championship Game was relived through the colorful vision of Daniel Moore when the United States Sports Academy’s 2009 College Football Game of the Year painting was unveiled at an art show on the Academy’s Daphne campus Thursday.

At the “Tribute to Alabama Football” art show, Moore, the 2005 American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year, used the opportunity to pay tribute to the Crimson Tide’s starting quarterback.

“While most star quarterbacks are starting their junior year in high school, he was holding a clipboard while being backup to future Missouri Heisman Trophy candidate Chase Daniel,” Moore said. “But while he did not have the physical skills that other quarterbacks had, he knew what it took to be a winner.”

The painting depicts McElroy stepping out of bounds at the first down marker after tip-toeing outside the sidelines for a key third-down play in Alabama’s 32-13 victory over Florida.

Moore donated forty-one certified limited edition prints depicting the Alabama-Auburn football rivalry, and they were placed on sale through a silent auction during the show. These works are featured in Moore’s book Iron Bowl Gold. The prints depict each of the Alabama-Auburn games, traditionally called the Iron Bowl, played from 1948 through 1988. While the Alabama-Auburn series is now a “home and home” event, these games were played on a neutral site, Legion Field in Birmingham, during that 41-year span.

Copies of Iron Bowl Gold were purchased and personalized by Moore. Written by legendary football announcer, Keith Jackson, additional copies of the book are currently available in the Academy Bookstore.

The College Football Game of the Year Award was developed in 2005 to pay tribute to a team whose efforts in a college football game exemplify the principles of high athletic endeavor, complete dedication to victory, and unified team effort. The College Football Game of the Year Award is a part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport series, which was established as “a tribute to the artist and the athlete.”

College Football Game of the Year Committee

The members of the College Football Game of the Year Committee read like a “Who’s Who” in college football. Consisting of eminent sport leaders, the committee contains former athletic directors and/or individuals active in collegiate football, who meet the criteria to serve on the committee and exhibit no bias in their vote.

Chairman

  • Mr. Jack Lengyel, Former AD, Naval Academy

Committee Members

  • Mr. Robert Casciola, Former CEO, National Football Foundation
  • Mr. Mike Cleary, Executive Director, NACDA
  • Mr. Ron Dickerson, Former Football Coach, Temple University
  • Mr. Vince Dooley, Former Football Coach, University of Georgia
  • Mr. James Jones, Former AD, Ohio State
  • Mr. Mike Lude, Former AD, University of Washington
  • Mr. Dave Maggard, Former AD, University of California
  • Mr. Daniel Moore, 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, United States Sports Academy
  • Ms. Christine Plonsky, Director of Women’s Athletics, University of Texas
  • Mr. Gene Policinski, Former Sports Editor, USA Today
  • Dr. Homer Rice, Former Football Coach, Georgia Tech
  • Mr. Dick Tamburo, Former AD, Arizona State
  • Mr. Roger Valdiserri, Former SID and Associate AD, Notre Dame
  • Ms. Jeane Willis, Senior Producer, SportsNet Television Station New York
  • Mr. Frank Windegger, Former AD, Texas Christian University
  • Dr. Richard Young, Former AD, Oklahoma State/Washington State

College Football Game of the Year Award Recipients

2006: Rutgers University
Rutgers 28, Louisville 25
2007: Appalachian State University
Appalachian State 34, Michigan 32
2008: Texas Tech University
Texas Tech 39, Texas 33
2009: University of Alabama
Alabama 32, Florida 13

2010 College Football Games of the Week

Week 1
Jacksonville State stunned the University of Mississippi in a 49-48 double-overtime upset win in Oxford, Mississippi.
Week 2
James Madison University surprised heavily-favored Virginia Tech in an exciting 21-16 victory.
Week 3
Using a fake field goal in overtime the Michigan State Spartans surprised Notre Dame and scored the winning touchdown in overtime 34-31.
Week 4
UCLA took a 1-2 record into Austin, Texas, and shocked the No. 7 Texas Longhorns 34-12.
Week 5
No. 4 Oregon fell behind No. 9 Stanford 21-3 in the first quarter, then mounted an offensive attack that took them past the Stanford Cardinal to post a 52-31 victory.

Gabonese Minister of Education and Minister of Sport Experience American Sport During Visit to Academy

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The delegation from Gabon attends the Fairhope-Baldwin County High School football game.

The delegation from Gabon attends the Fairhope-Baldwin County High School football game.

Gabon’s minister of education and minister of culture, youth and sport led a delegation of seven visitors discussing sport and observing the local sport culture in a visit hosted by the United States Sports Academy this past week.

Seraphin Moundounga, Minister of National Education and Higher Education and René Ndémézo’o Obiang, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, visited the Academy, attended three sporting events, and observed a physical education class during a busy two-day visit. The Academy formalized 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 in late October.

The delegation from the Central African nation observed the local sport activities by attending the Fairhope-Baldwin County high school football game Friday, and then watching a youth soccer game Saturday morning before attending the South Alabama-Nicholls State college football game that afternoon.

Friday morning, the visitors attended a demonstration of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) equipment, which was presented to the Academy faculty and staff by Dr. Michelle Riello and former University of Kansas women’s basketball coach Marianne Washington. After a tour of the Academy and the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA), the visitors met with Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich to discuss their country’s sport programs.

His Excellency Seraphin Moundounga, the Minister of National Education and Higher Education (center), and His Excellency René Ndémézo'o Obiang, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport (right), present a special commemorative book on Gabon to Daphne High School Principal Don Blanchard.

His Excellency Seraphin Moundounga, the Minister of National Education and Higher Education (center), and His Excellency René Ndémézo’o Obiang, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport (right), present a special commemorative book on Gabon to Daphne High School Principal Don Blanchard.

That afternoon, the Gabonese observed a women’s volleyball practice and a physical education class at Daphne High School (DHS) and made a presentation to the International Baccalaureate Students. While at DHS, the Ministers presented a special commemorative book on Gabon to Principal Don Blanchard.

The Gabonese delegation also included Evariste Leyinda and Nicolas Beyeme Nguema from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports; A. Oyan Ondo MVE, (Monique) IOC Board Member Gabon; Armand Mavioga Moussavou, aide to the Minister of Education; Anna Bouandja Ndjana, private secretary to the Minister of Education; and David Dubroff of the Washington, D.C. – based consulting firm Scribe Strategies and Advisors.

Top Researcher and Kansas Coaching Legend Breathe New Life into Sports Medicine

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Dr. Michelle Reillo (left) and Coach Marian Washington visited the Academy's campus to demonstrate a portable Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chamber.

Dr. Michelle Reillo (left) and Coach Marian Washington visited the Academy’s campus to demonstrate a portable Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chamber.

An established health researcher and a longtime University of Kansas women’s basketball coach have teamed up to introduce a new way of helping a form of oxygen therapy revolutionize sports medicine at all levels.

Dr. Michelle Reillo, a former education professor at the College of Notre Dame in Maryland, is the Director of the Hyperbaric Treatment Association (HTA). Her associate is Marian Washington, who coached the Jayhawks for 31 years and coached basketball internationally before retiring in 2004.

The two recently visited the Academy’s campus to donate and demonstrate a portable Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) unit. HBOT involves the administration of oxygen to a human being within a pressurized vessel. A medical application originally used in the military and primarily used by the naval forces, HBOT has been used effectively to treat non-healing wounds, decompression sickness, and crushing injuries. The new portable unit will allow athletic trainers, coaches, and other sport professionals to use this method to treat athletes.

Reillo brings with her a diverse academic background. She has a Ph. D in education and a master’s in gerontology from the College of Notre Dame. She taught research, design, and quantitative statistics, and was also one of Maryland’s leading HIV researchers, having worked with the state of Maryland, the Center for Disease Control, and the University of Maryland at Baltimore on research and treatment for AIDS.

Washington, who was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame after her retirement, led Kansas to 11 NCAA postseason Tournament appearances and twice went to the Sweet Sixteen. She was the first African-American to coach an Olympic women’s basketball team, serving as an assistant on the 1996 U.S. Olympic gold medal winning team. She was the first African-American woman to serve as head coach for a U.S. international team, guiding the 1982 U.S. Select team to a silver medal in Taiwan. Washington was named conference coach of the year three times and was named Coach of the Year by the Black Coaches Association twice.

Faculty Member Foley Promoted to Director of Student Services

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Tim Foley

United States Sports Academy faculty member Tim Foley has been promoted to the Director of Student Services.

The young faculty member from Harlem, Mont. brought a wealth of education and sport experience with him to the Academy when he began employment in June 2008. “His ability to work with students and conduct research as a member of the Institutional Effectiveness Committee has proven to be exemplary,” said Academy President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich.

Foley’s experience includes working as a tutor in public school systems, as well as a college baseball coach, college basketball coach, and physical education instructor. Foley also worked in the front office for the Palm Springs Power summer collegiate baseball team and spent two years giving baseball instruction to children ages 9-17.

Foley obtained his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix in 2005 and a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Kansas State University, where he played for the first Wildcat baseball team to qualify for the Big 12 tournament in 2002.

Record Runs, MVP Volleyball Performance Result in Athlete of the Month Honors

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David Rudisha

David Rudisha

Kenyan distance runner David Rudisha and American volleyball player Foluke Akinradewo earned the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athlete of the Month honors for August.

Akinradewo, Stanford University’s assistant women’s volleyball coach, captured the Most Valuable Player and Best Blocker awards as the United States landed its third FIVB World Grand Prix title with a perfect 5-0 record, sweeping Japan in the Americans’ last match at the six-team round-robin.

Rudisha broke the world record in the 800 meters twice in one week. He clocked 1:41.09 in the event at an international meet in Berlin, Germany on 22 August. The previous record of 1:41:11 – set by another Kenyan-born athlete, Wilson Kipketer – had stood since 1997. He broke the record again at the Riediti (Italy) Grand Prix meet with a time of 1:41.01 on 29 August.

Tyson Gay finished second to Rudisha in the male voting after he earned the Samsung Diamond League trophy as the season’s top performer in the 100-meter dash. The American ran the 100 in 9.79 seconds to beat Jamaican Nesta Carter in the final meet of the series in Brussels, Belgium. The 2007 world 100 and 200-meter champion ran a world-leading 9.78 two weeks earlier in London.

Foluke Akinradewo

Foluke Akinradewo

Another American sprinter, Allyson Felix, finished second in the female balloting after she won the Diamond League championship in both the 200 and 400 meters. After finishing second in New York in the 200, Felix won her last four stops on the tour in that event. Her best time on the tour was 22.03 seconds. In the 400, Felix completed her double championship by winning the women’s 400 meters in 50.79 at the Belgacom Memorial Van Damme in Belgium. Her best 400 time was 50.15.

American race car driver Kyle Busch finished third in the male balloting. Busch became the first tripleheader winner in NASCAR history, sweeping the Sprint Cup, Nationwide, and Camping World events at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. His final win at Bristol was the Irwin Tools Night Race on 21 August. He made it four NASCAR victories in a row by winning the Camping World Truck Series in Chicago the following week.

WNBA star Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury finished third in the female balloting. The American basketball star from Connecticut won the WNBA scoring title with 22.6 points per game. She scored 23 in the Mercury’s series, clinching a 92-73 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

The public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month nominating and balloting processes. Visit the Academy website and submit your vote, 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.

College Football Game of the Year Campaign Resumes at the Academy

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Jacksonville State's 49-48 double-overtime victory over the University of Mississippi was selected as the first College Football Game of the Week this season.

Jacksonville State’s 49-48 double-overtime victory over the University of Mississippi was selected as the first College Football Game of the Week this season.

For the sixth consecutive season prominent college football experts around the country will be discussing, studying, and voting to determine the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Year.

The College Football Game of the Year Award was developed in 2005 to pay tribute to a team whose efforts in a college football game exemplify the principles of high athletic endeavor, complete dedication to victory, and unified team effort. The College Football Game of the Year Award is a part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport series, which was established as “a tribute to the artist and the athlete.”

Nominations are submitted weekly by the committee, which culminate to determine a College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season. Fans are encouraged to follow the process along and compare their selected games of the week to the committee’s selection.

The College Football Game of the Year Committee reads like a “Who’s Who” in college football. Consisting of eminent sport leaders, the committee contains former athletic directors and/or individuals active in collegiate football, who meet the criteria to serve on the committee and exhibit no bias in their vote.

The committee is chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former college football coach and athletic director best known for being the head coach that resurrected the Marshall University football program, as shown in the 2006 film “We Are Marshall.” It also includes former University of Georgia head coach and athletic director Vince Dooley.

Other members are former National Football Foundation CEO Robert Casciola, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Executive Director Mike Cleary, current Lambuth (Tennessee) University and former Temple and Alabama State head coach Ron Dickerson; former Ohio State Athletic Director James Jones; former University of Washington AD Mike Lude; former University of California AD Dave Maggart, sport artist Daniel Moore, University of Texas Director of Women’s Athletics Christine Plonsky, former USA Today sports editor Gene Policinski, former Georgia Tech head coach and AD Homer Rice, former Arizona State AD Dick Tamburo; former Notre Dame associate AD Roger Valdiserri; New York cable television sports producer Jeanne Willis; former Texas Christian University AD Frank Windegger and former Oklahoma State and Washington State AD Dr. Richard Young;

Moore, the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is annually commissioned by the Academy to do a painting depicting the selected College Football Game of the Year. His painting of the 2009 College Football Game of the Year, immortalizing Alabama’s 32-13 victory over Florida in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game, will be unveiled at an art show on the Academy’s Daphne campus at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 16 September.

Moore recently donated 41 original paintings featured in his book Iron Bowl Gold, to ASAMA. Each of the paintings will be made available to the public in a silent auction during the art show. The paintings 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 autographed by Moore. Written by legendary football announcer Keith Jackson, the book also features articles from past issues of The Birmingham News.

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.

Academy Programs Get Wounded Warriors Back into the Game

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 LCDR Kim Mitchell (left) and MAJ Ed Kennedy (right) accept a giclee of the painting

LCDR Kim Mitchell (left) and MAJ Ed Kennedy (right) accept a giclee of the painting “Wounded Warrior” from Academy President, Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, during their visit on 2 September. The original five foot by seven foot painting, by 2002 Sport Artist of the Year Mina Papatheodorou-Valyraki, was later presented to the guests who will display it at the Pentagon.

U.S. Army Major Ed Kennedy sees huge potential in utilizing the United States Sports Academy’s academic programs and online technology to assist soldiers with making the transition back into civilian life.

Major Kennedy made these comments when he and U.S. Navy Lt. Commander Kim Mitchell visited the Academy’s campus on Thursday, 2 September. Both Kennedy and Mitchell are a part of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Warrior and Family Services Program.

The Academy is working with the U.S. military “Wounded Warrior” program to deliver its education programs to military personnel who are ill, wounded, and/or disabled from post-9/11 overseas combat duty.

Major Kennedy said the Academy’s online program would be very convenient not just for the wounded soldiers, but the non-wounded as well, because a soldier is “always on the go.” He also saw the Academy’s mentorship program, which incorporates experiential learning as a complement to a student’s academic program, as a good tool to help soldiers transition into civilian life by getting the experience needed to obtain employment.

Major Kennedy also saw the Academy being a sport-specific institution as a plus for the program. “People in sports are used to treating injured athletes and getting them ready to get back into the game,” Kennedy said. “We are about rehabilitating injured soldiers and getting them back into civilian life.”

A white paper entitled, “The Sea of Goodwill,” written by Major John W. Copeland and Col. David W. Sutherland, Director of Warrior & Family Programs, 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.”

Academy VP 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. Minister Obiang is scheduled to visit the Academy’s campus during the third week of September to discuss the upcoming assessment.

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.

While in Gabon, Dr. T.J. Rosandich also donated 25 complete youth soccer uniforms, as well as several soccer balls and soccer ball pumps, to the Federation Gabonaise de Football (FGF). 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.

Sports Security Emphasis Offered to Academy Undergraduate Students

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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.

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.

In a post-9/11 world, security has become a primary focus of all aspects of social activity. Sporting events have become potential targets due to their high profile popularity and the number of spectators.

Examples abound as evidenced by security costs at the 2010 Winter Olympics were estimated to be $1 billion and at Super Bowl XVIII in Tampa, Fla., 900 federal and local law officers were assigned to secure the event.

Security has become a major concern in sports. As a result of these facts, the Academy has added an emphasis in Sports Security to its bachelor’s degree program.

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. The curriculum consists of the following courses:

SAM 487 Introduction to Sports Security Management
This course examines the concepts, principles, and methods of organizing and administering security management and loss-prevention activities in industry, business, government, and sport venues. Emphasis is on protection of assets, personnel, and facilities.
SAM 488 Contemporary Sports Security Management
In this course, students examine principles and issues in security management as well as the challenges, concepts, strategies, and skills needed to manage security-related operations and activities. Focus is on leadership in management, personnel management, security planning and evaluation, communication, and best practices.
SAM 489 Introduction to Emergency Management for Sport Settings
This course examines theories, components, systems, and strategies in contemporary disaster and emergency management. Students examine: 1) The historical, administrative, institutional, and organizational framework of disaster and emergency management in the United States; 2) The role of the federal, state, and local governments in disasters; 3) The role of nongovernmental organizations in emergency management; 4) The role of land use regulation, the media, crisis communication, insurance, and citizen participation; 5) The social and economic costs of disasters; and 6) The management of natural and man-made disasters.
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