2011 March

Academy Donates Harry Weber Artwork to USS Alabama Battleship Park

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Wounded Warrior

The United States Sports Academy is donating Vietnam War sketches and a bronze sculpture by award-winning artist Harry Weber to the USS Alabama Battleship Park during a presentation scheduled at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at the USS Alabama Memorial Park Aircraft Pavilion in Mobile.

Weber, the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2011 Sports Artist of the Year, Sculptor, honors the heroism of American soldiers in the donated works. “A Warrior’s Sketchbook” is a collection of 13 sketches from the Vietnam War. Weber’s “Wounded Warrior” sculpture depicts a citizen soldier who appears distressed and is either defiantly planting his Battle Flag or supporting himself with it.

Weber, a St. Louis native, served six years in the U.S. Navy, including a year on river patrol boats in Vietnam. There he compiled a compelling series of sketches chronicling his experiences. These show soldiers in everyday life from patrolling the rivers and transporting Vietnamese prisoners to eating C rations for breakfast and stealing brief solace behind sand bags during fighting.

In addition to his sketches, Weber, who earned an art history degree from Princeton University before joining the Navy, has developed more than 100 large sculpture works and more than 200 smaller pieces. His sculptures have won several major awards at national juried competitions. His works appear in private collections in the United States and abroad, on the covers of numerous national magazines and in museums throughout the country. Monumental works that Weber created of famous sports figures are prominently featured at 12 different professional and college stadiums.

“Wounded Warrior” is a small study for a planned heroic sculpture to honor the United States citizen-soldier. The sculpture, which conveys the warrior’s unique courage and strength to carry on even in harm’s way, is meant to represent no specific branch or period of American military history, and is deliberately ambiguous in several aspects. His planting of the flag symbolizes the interdependence between soldier and country. The flag also suggests national allegiance and the bond between the warrior and his comrades.

In earning the ASAMA Sport Artist of the Year Award, it is evident that Weber’s artwork captures the spirit and drama of iconic images that immortalize sport and war heroes alike.

Academy President Re-appointed to Commission for Culture and Olympic Education

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International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge reappointed the United States Sports Academy’s President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich to another term on the IOC’s Commission for Culture and Olympic Education.

Dr. Rosandich, who has served on the commission since its inception in 2000, has been involved in the Olympic movement for more than 50 years. Dr. Rosandich received the IOC’s highest award – the Olympic Order – in 1997. He received the highest honor given by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in 2000, when he was awarded the USOC’s President’s Medal.

The 35-member Commission for Culture and Olympic Education advises the IOC on the promotion of culture and Olympic education and supports the IOC programs and activities related to the education of youth through sport. Its work is based on the principles enshrined in the Olympic Charter. Its goal is to help build a peaceful and better world through sport as practiced in the Olympic spirit, which is based on mutual understanding, friendship, solidarity and fair play.

“There are 207 countries that belong to the Olympic movement,” Dr. Rosandich said. “It is by far the largest social movement in the history of mankind. The commission’s important work focuses on perpetuating the history and the symbolism of the Games along with the cultural side of the Games, which is something that we practice here at the Academy.”

To this end, the commission developed a series of educational materials titled the Olympic Values Education Program (OVEP). They are being used in schools throughout the world.

Marine Corps League Detachment Seeks New Members on the Eastern Shore

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Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich presents a $1,000.00 check to Sara Cole, Executive Secretary of the Academy and acting paymaster of the Marine Corps League of Daphne

Joining eleven other Detachments in the great state of Alabama, the United States Marine Corps League has opened a new Detachment in Daphne on the campus of the United States Sports Academy.

In this photo, Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, founding President of the Academy and a former Marine Corps Officer, presents a $1,000.00 check to Sara Cole, Executive Secretary of the Academy and acting paymaster of the fledgling Marine Corps League of Daphne, to help cover expenses related to the organization of the new Detachment.

The next meeting will be held at 1800 (6:00 p.m.) on Tuesday, 5 April 2011, at the Eagle’s Nest on the campus of the Academy, located off of Highway 98. The Marine Corps League is open to Marines of all ages who have served honorably, as well as FMF Navy Corpsmen and individuals from other branches of service. If you have questions about joining the Daphne Detachment, please call 251-626-3303.

Academy Mourns Legendary Coach and Trustee Jimmy Carnes

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Jimmy Carnes

The United States Sports Academy mourns the passing of legendary track and field coach and Academy Trustee Jimmy Carnes, who died Saturday, 5 March 2011, after a long and courageous battle with prostate cancer. He was 76.

Carnes, who built the stellar track program at University of Florida and the Florida Track Club, was named the U.S. Track and Field coach for the ill-fated 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow, and was a member of the U.S. Track   Field Hall of Fame.

Coach Carnes was a longtime personal friend and colleague of Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, President and CEO of the United States Sports Academy, where Carnes had served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 2003.

“Jimmy Carnes will be missed by all, not only by the Academy, but by the profession of track and field in particular,” Rosandich said. “He did everything to restore track and field in the college program. He also was a major player with the Special Olympics for many, many years. He truly was a special individual. In everything he did, he did it well.”

According to Rosandich, Coach Carnes made a significant impact as an Academy Trustee.

“Jimmy lent a great deal of prestige to the board, just by his presence,” Rosandich said. “Not only was he a successful sports figure, he also was a great businessman. With his eminence and expertise, he was a great contributor to the Academy in many ways.”

Carnes, who enjoyed extraordinary coaching success at the high school, college and international levels, also became a leading positive force in re-organizing the sport of track and field.

He was born in Eatonton, Ga. in 1935, and later attended Mercer University in Macon, from 1952 to 1956, where played basketball and ran middle distance for the Mercer Bears track and field team. Carnes dated his future wife, Nanette, a Mercer education major whom he knew from Eatonton while they were undergraduates.

After graduating from Mercer in 1956, Carnes accepted his first coaching job as the head football, basketball and track coach at Druid Hills High School in DeKalb County, Ga. From 1956 to 1962, Carnes’ Druid Hills track teams were a perfect 52–0 in dual meets and captured six state championships. He was voted Georgia coach of the year six times.

In 1962, Carnes became the head cross country and track and field coach at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. His Furman track and field teams were 16–3 in dual meets, and won both the Southern Conference indoor and outdoor track and field championships in his two seasons there. In 1964, Carnes accepted the head coaching position at the University of Florida; he was just 28 years old. From 1965 to 1976, Carnes’ Florida Gators track and field teams finished in the top three in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) 15 times, won two SEC indoor track championships, and compiled a 93–3 overall record in dual meets.

Among his many Gators track and field athletes were 65 SEC individual champions, four NCAA individual champions and 24 All-Americans. In 1965, Carnes founded the Florida Track Club in Gainesville, an amateur track and field organization that helped to train high school athletes, college-level transfer students and future Olympians.

The Florida Track Club became a magnet for serious track and field athletes training for international competitions, including Jack Bacheler, Jeff Galloway, Marty Liquori and Frank Shorter, who won Olympic gold in the marathon in Munich in 1972.

In 1973, Carnes and Liquori co-founded Athletic Attic, one of the nation’s first sports equipment chain stores, with an emphasis on running shoes for training and competition. At the peak of the running craze, Athletic Attic had over 165 stores in the United States, Canada, Japan and New Zealand with over $40 million in annual revenue. Carnes resigned as the Gators track coach in September 1976 to focus on his Athletic Attic business interests and his Olympic coaching.

Carnes is survived by his wife, Nanette, three sons and a daughter. Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday, 12 March. Nanette told the Gainesville Sun that her husband had made a lasting impression far beyond the world of track and field.

“He just cared so much about people,” she said. “So many people talk to me about how much he’s done for them. What people will remember about him are the things he did for other people. He treated his track athletes like family and his family meant a lot to him. He had success in track, he had some accomplishments, but I’m constantly amazed how so many people come up to me and tell me about something he did for them.”

Carnes was diagnosed with prostate cancer 3 1/2 years ago, according to Nanette, but it had already metastasized to his bones before it was discovered.

“We are preaching the word to make sure you get checked,” she said. “And if they find something, don’t let them tell you to wait. Get a biopsy.”

Quarterback Rodgers, Runner Keitany Voted Academy's Athletes of the Month for February

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Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

A world champion quarterback and a world record-setting distance runner have been voted the United States Sports Academy’s Athlete of the Month honors for February.

Aaron Rodgers, the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLV, was named Male Athlete of the Month while Mary Keitany of Kenya, who set the world record in the half marathon, was named Female Athlete of the Month.

Rodgers, the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, hit 29 of 34 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers’ 31-25 Super Bowl victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Arlington, Texas. Rodgers is the NFL’s all-time leader in regular and postseason passer rating.

Keitany smashed the world record by 35 seconds, clocking 1:05:50 at the Silver Label Road Race in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.

Finishing second to Rodgers on the men’s side was American race car driver Trevor Bayne. On the day after his 20th birthday, and in only his second NASCAR Sprint Cup start, Bayne became the youngest driver ever to win the Daytona 500, the circuit’s most celebrated race.

Finishing second in the female voting was Mercyhurst (Pa.) College sophomore Meghan Agosta of Canada, who is now the NCAA’s all-time leader for women’s hockey in goals (155) and points (301) and was recently named CHA Conference Player of the Year.

Mary Keitany

Mary Keitany

Ashton Eaton of the University of Oregon placed third in the male voting after scoring 6,568 points to break his own indoor heptathlon world record by 69 points at the International Indoor Combined Events Meeting in Estonia. Eaton, winner of the Academy’s 2010 Jim Thorpe All-Around Award, clocked 7.6 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles, the fastest ever in a heptathlon.

Golfer Yani Tseng of Taiwan placed third in the female voting after the 2010 Rolex Player of the Year ascended to the top of the Rolex Ranking for the first time, winning back-to-back Ladies European Tour events, the Australian Open, the Australian Ladies Masters and the Honda LPGA in Thailand.

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 Sport Update.

Youth Olympics Doping Program Headed by Academy Graduate

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Dr. Teh Kong Chuan, a graduate of the United States Sports Academy

Longtime national sports medicine specialist for Singapore, Dr. Teh Kong Chuan, a graduate of the United States Sports Academy, recently served as the head of doping control for the first Youth Olympics in Singapore.

Chuan, who earned a master’s degree in sports medicine from the Academy in 1979, is the senior sports medicine consultant for Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) Sports Medicine Centre in Singapore. He has been a team physician for Singapore in international competition for more than 30 years, including four Olympic teams, five Asian Games delegations and 13 trips to the Southeast Asian Games.

In 2009, Chuan was awarded the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Trophy for Sport and the Fight Against Doping. He has written and directed several of the Singapore National Anti-Doping administration policies, as well as monitoring, training and education procedures.

Chuan has acted as one of the leading pioneers of doping control for almost three decades, and served as chairman of the Singapore National Olympic Committee’s Anti-Doping in Sports Commission (SADSC) from 2002 to 2006. With his leadership, the committee was able to implement enforcement activities against doping, including out-of-competition testing, educating athletes on anti-doping issues and developing training for doping control officers.

Chuan has presented or published more than 130 papers and articles on sports medicine and related fields, and co-authored the book, “Sports Medicine, Exercise and Fitness: A Guide for Everyone.” He also was co-editor of “Prescribing Exercise: A Handbook for Medical Practitioners.”

Academy Alumnus and Son Relish Victory Over Former Team

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First-year Creighton University Coach Greg McDermott, a 1994 graduate of the United States Sports Academy, and his son, Greg, left, helped lead the Blue Jays to victory over Northern Iowa.

First-year Creighton University Coach Greg McDermott, a 1994 graduate of the United States Sports Academy, and his son, Greg, left, helped lead the Blue Jays to victory over Northern Iowa.

Before he was named head men’s basketball coach at Creighton University, Coach Greg McDermott, a 1994 graduate of the United States Sports Academy, had come to expect more jeers than cheers from the raucous Blue Jays’ basketball fans in Omaha, Neb.

But the same fans who rooted against McDermott when he played for and later coached the Northern Iowa University Panthers went bonkers for their new coach and his sharp-shooting son on 26 February, when the McDermotts led Creighton to a satisfying, 63-55, victory over their arch-rival in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Doug McDermott, the Coach’s son, was the Blue Jays leading scorer in the victory, with 13 points, to help end the Blue Jays three-game skid to the Panthers. The victory was no doubt sweeter because Doug had intended to follow in his father’s footsteps and originally signed to play for Northern Iowa, but changed his commitment when his dad was hired by Creighton last spring.

Coach McDermott made national headlines when he signed a lucrative $9 million contract to lead the Blue Jays, following four seasons at Iowa State University. Prior to his stint at Iowa State, McDermott had coached at Northern Iowa for five seasons, where he led the Panthers to a school-record 23 wins in 2006 and the team’s first-ever Associated Press Top 25 ranking.

Unfortunately, success did not follow McDermott to Iowa State, where player suspensions and transfers left the program in a perpetual rebuilding mode in the grueling Big 12 Conference. McDermott overcame adversity by utilizing the professional coaching skills he acquired while pursuing his master’s degree in sports management from the Academy in 1994.

McDermott earned his master’s degree while serving as an assistant coach at the University of North Dakota. Completing his master’s degree opened the door to his first head coaching job, at Wayne State University, where he coached from 1994-2000 and compiled a record of 116-53, including two appearances in the NCAA Division II tournament. He coached at North Dakota State for one year before beginning his five years at Northern Iowa.

Journalist/Decathlete Joins Academy as Director of Communications

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Grant Overstake

Award-winning newspaper editor and nationally-ranked master’s decathlete Grant Overstake brings 35 years of media experience to the United States Sports Academy as he assumes the role of Director of Communications, effective 1 March.

Overstake previously served as general manager and executive editor for Community Publishers, Inc., publishing two community newspapers near Springfield, Mo. He also led the creation of a new social media platform for user-generated content, positioning his papers at the leading edge of next-generation community journalism. An accomplished newspaper writer, Overstake’s experience includes covering sports for the Wichita Eagle and the Miami Herald.

Overstake is a 1980 graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. While at KU, he also competed in the grueling decathlon for the Jayhawks, a passion that he continues to pursue in middle-age.

Overstake, 53, placed third in his age group at the USA Track and Field Federation’s National Master’s Decathlon Championship in 2009. He also has surpassed the Master’s All-American Standard in several individual track and field events.

In addition to his newspaper background, Overstake also served as Director of Communications for Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. Among his many professional honors are 12 Awards of Excellence from the Kansas Press Association.

Spring Renewal: America's Pastime Inspires Artists and Fans

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Asama Baseball Exhibit

The spectacle of baseball has inspired great artists of every genre, and a rich sampling of those artworks now are on display at the American Sport Art Museum and Archives, located on the campus of the United States Sports Academy. The exhibit features the works of three prominent artists. The paintings on the wall are the work of Rick Rush, from left, A Series of Stars (Yankees), American Dream: Sammy Sosa (Cubs), and Will to Win (Red Sox). The sculpture depicting Lou Brock was created by Harry Weber. The face jugs, created by John Rezner, depict the top three greatest baseball players in history, as determined by our Mr. Baseball ballot, including Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, and Ted Williams.

The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again. Oh, people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come…

These memorable words of Terrance Mann (James Earl Jones) in the movie, “Field of Dreams” remind us that nothing thaws a frigid human psyche or raises our collective sprits like the hopeful beginning of a fresh, new season of baseball.

Spring training is a time when tulips bloom in southern climes and hope beats anew in the hearts of diehard fans of even the most unpromising teams. While winter snow may still blanket the Field of Dreams diamond in the cornfield in Iowa, the fresh sights, sounds and smells of America’s Pastime have blossomed in the Deep South and Desert Southwest.

The promise of a brand new baseball season seems to bring new life and hope to an entire nation, allowing us to rekindle a passion for living lost in the cold hearth of winter. Spring training also means that, at least until the first pitch is thrown on Opening Day, all 30 major league teams have a shot at the pennant, and every fan is cheering for a winner.

The History of Spring Training

Spring training is almost as old as baseball itself. The best evidence shows spring training first taking place in 1870, when the Cincinnati Red Stockings and the Chicago White Stockings held organized baseball camps in New Orleans. Other baseball historians argue that the Washington Capitals of the National League pioneered spring training in 1888, holding a four-day camp in Jacksonville.

The specific origins really don’t matter. By 1900, spring-training was firmly established as a baseball ritual, with most American and National League teams heading out of town so players could train and managers could evaluate. Small Florida and Arizona communities were suddenly known across the nation because of the allure provided by major-league baseball. St. Petersburg. Fort Lauderdale. Tucson. Sarasota. Bradenton. (Source: www.springtrainingonline.com).

Spring Training Today

Today in Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of practices and exhibition games preceding the start of the regular season. Spring training allows new players to try out for roster and position spots, and gives existing team players practice time prior to competitive play. Spring training has always attracted fan attention, drawing crowds who travel to the warmer climates to enjoy the weather and watch their favorite teams play, and spring training usually coincides with spring break for many college students. (Source: www.wikipedia.com).

Spring training by major league teams in sites other than their regular season game sites began in the 1920s. They include the St. Louis Cardinals in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma; the New York Yankees in New Orleans and later Phoenix, Arizona, when the team was owned by Del Webb; the Chicago Cubs in Los Angeles when owned by William Wrigley Jr.; the St. Louis Browns and later the Kansas City Athletics in San Diego as well the A’s were in West Palm Beach, Florida; the Pittsburgh Pirates in Honolulu and other teams joined in by the early 1940s.

Spring training typically lasts about six weeks, starting in mid-February and running until just before the season opening day (and often right at the end of spring training, some teams will play spring training games on the same day other teams have opening day of the season), traditionally the first week of April. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training first because pitchers benefit from a longer training period due to the exhaustive nature of the position. A week or two later, the position players arrive and team practice begins. Teams will normally wear their batting practice uniforms for the duration of spring training and only first putting on their normal jerseys for Opening Day.

Spring Training Locations

Teams that train in Florida play other Florida-training teams in their exhibition games, regardless of regular-season league affiliations. Likewise, Arizona-training teams play other Arizona teams. These have been nicknamed the Grapefruit League and Cactus League, respectively, after plants typical of the respective states.

Grapefruit League (Florida) Spring training homes of Grapefruit League teams

  • Atlanta Braves: Champion Stadium, Lake Buena Vista at Walt Disney World
  • Boston Red Sox: City of Palms Park, Fort Myers
  • Baltimore Orioles: Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota
  • Detroit Tigers: Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland
  • Florida Marlins: Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter
  • Houston Astros: Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee
  • Minnesota Twins: Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers
  • New York Mets: Digital Domain Park, Port St. Lucie
  • New York Yankees: George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Bright House Field, Clearwater
  • Pittsburgh Pirates: McKechnie Field, Bradenton
  • St. Louis Cardinals: Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte
  • Toronto Blue Jays: Dunedin Stadium, Dunedin
  • Washington Nationals: Space Coast Stadium, Viera

Cactus League (Arizona) Spring training homes of Cactus League teams

  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
  • Chicago Cubs: HoHoKam Park, Mesa
  • Chicago White Sox: Camelback Ranch, Glendale
  • Cincinnati Reds: Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear
  • Cleveland Indians: Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear
  • Colorado Rockies: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
  • Kansas City Royals: Surprise Stadium, Surprise
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Camelback Ranch, Glendale
  • Milwaukee Brewers: Maryvale Baseball Park, Phoenix
  • Oakland Athletics: Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Phoenix
  • San Diego Padres: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria
  • San Francisco Giants: Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale
  • Seattle Mariners: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria
  • Texas Rangers: Surprise Stadium, Surprise

Did you know?

The concept of spring training is not limited to North America; the Japanese professional baseball leagues’ teams adopted spring training and preseason game sites across East Asia such as South Korea, the Philippines and Taiwan; the Pacific Islands (most notably in Hawaii); and currently 2 North American cities of Salinas, California and Yuma on the Mexican border.

There are many websites devoted specifically to spring training, including cactusleague.com, springtrainingonline.com, and springtrainingmagazine.com. Individual teams also provide spring training updates on their team websites, and, of course, Major League Baseball records every ball and strike of spring training at mlb.com.

Baseball as Art

The spectacle of baseball has inspired great artists of every genre, including ceramic potter John Rezner, the American Sport Art Museum and Archives’ (ASAMA) 2011 Sport Artist of the Year. The Fairhope, Ala.-based artist is known for creating “face jugs” pottery from clay he digs from his own land. Rezner was commissioned to make face jugs of famous baseball players for the Academy’s “Mr. Baseball” campaign. Some of his works, including jugs depicting Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams, are already on display at the Academy.

Something for baseball fans argue about while watching spring training games: Who was the greatest baseball player of all time? Nominations were accepted online for the United States Sports Academy’s “Mr. Baseball” competition. The purpose of the survey competition was to determine the greatest baseball player of all time, and to name the impending new addition to the Academy’s Sport Sculpture Park by Fairhope sculptor Bruce Larsen. Nominations were accepted until Friday, 4 February, 2011. Larsen’s new sculpture will be named after the winner.

Here are the three finalists for the Mr. Baseball award:

Hank Aaron — Baseball’s all-time career home run leader, Aaron electrified the nation when he surpassed Babe Ruth’s 714 home runs in 1974. He retired two years later with a career total of 755 home runs. A native of Mobile, Ala., Aaron’s playing career spanned 23 years, 21 years for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves and two for the Milwaukee Brewers. In addition to his home run record, “Hammering Hank” also holds Major League Baseball’s records for the most career runs batted in (2,297) and the most career extra base hits (1,477). He also remains ranked in the top five for career hits with 3,771 (third) and runs scored with 2,174 (fourth).

George Herman “Babe” Ruth, Jr. — The first true celebrity of American sport, Babe Ruth’s career home run record (714) stood for 39 years, and his single-season mark of 60 home runs stood for 34 years. Widely regarded as the best baseball player of all time, Ruth was one of the original five players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and is considered to be one of the best athletes of the 20th century. His .342 lifetime batting is 10th highest in baseball history, and in one season (1923) he hit .393, which still stands as the Yankees’ record. His .690 career slugging percentage and 1.164 career on-base plus slugging (OPS) remain the Major League records. He played 15 of his 22 seasons with the New York Yankees, helping them win four world championships and seven American League pennants.

Ted Williams — The two-time American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) winner, led the league in batting six times, and was a 19-time All-Star, in a career that was twice interrupted by heroic military service. He had a career batting average of .344, with 521 home runs, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. Williams was the last player in Major League Baseball to bat over .400 in a single season (.406 in 1941) and holds the highest career batting average of anyone with 500 or more home runs. He served as a Navy pilot in World War II and flew 39 missions for the Marines in the Korean War.

Sport Artist of the Year – Call for Nominations

The Sport Artist of the Year Award is presented annually to an individual who captures the spirit and life of sport so that future generations can relive the drama of today’s competition. The recipient may use a variety of art media including film, video or sculpture, to depict the breadth and scope of both the agony and the ecstasy of sport.

Submit your nomination for the 2012 Sport Artist of the Year Award by emailing asama@ussa.edu.

People, Places and Programs

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Dr. Jordan Moon, the Academy’s Department Head of Sports Fitness and Health, presented at the Arnold Sports Festival and Strength Training Summit held in Columbus, Ohio, from 3-5 March 2011. Dr. Moon’s presentation was titled, “Body Composition Techniques and Methods.” The three-day event covered multiple aspects of health, fitness, and sport performance. The Summit presents nationally-recognized experts in sports training offering the latest information on fitness and performance development.

An abstract written by Dr. Moon and Dr. Enrico Esposito, the Academy’s Chair of Sports Medicine, has been accepted for presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine’s 58th Annual Meeting and 2nd World Congress on Exercise is Medicine, which will be held in Denver, Colo., from 31 May – 4 June 2011. The abstract is titled, “Limitations in the Classification of Sarcopenia: A Comparison of Two Accepted Methods.”

Academy Distance Learning Faculty member Dr. Anthony Borgese, who received his Doctor of Sport Management degree from the Academy in 2007, has been named Chair of Tourism and Hospitality at the City University of New York at Kingsborough. His interests lie in teaching and research within the field of entrepreneurship and sports management. Borgese also is involved in Work Force and Economic Development projects that serve Brooklyn and the greater New York City area.

Academy doctoral degree student Tim Robinson presented a lecture titled, “A Brief History of the Ancient Olympics” this past month at the University of Maine-Portland. Robinson has been a human movement educator, instructor, and athletic coach for 25 years. Robinson, an instructor at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, has taken students on several tours of Olympia, Greece, the birthplace of the Olympics.

Dr. Chien-Hung “Woody” Wu, who received his Doctor of Sports Management degree from the Academy in 2010, has been named Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise and Health Promotion and Office of Physical Education and Sports at the Chung Chou Institute of Technology in Taiwan.

Academy master’s degree student GeorDann Shirey is fulfilling his mentorship requirement with the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Philadelphia 76’ers. He will be recording and interpreting team and individual statistics obtained from NBA games. Shirley received his Bachelor of Sports Science degree in Sports Management from the Academy in 2009.

Representatives of the United States Sports Academy continue to travel all over the world to teach sports education programs. For nearly four decades, the Academy has provided programs in sport education to students throughout the nation and in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Dr. Scott Johnson, the Academy’s Chair of Sports Coaching, recently taught a course in Sports Coaching Methodology in conjunction with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT). The course was the first in a six-part series hosted by the SAT for the Academy’s International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program. The SAT is Thailand’s primary sport organization and plays a vital role in the development of sport. The Academy has been sending instructors to Thailand to teach certification courses in sports management and sports coaching for more than three decades.

Academy National Faculty member Dr. Peter Mathiesen is currently in Thailand to teach Sports Administration as a part of the International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) program. Another national faculty member, Dr. Stan Drawdy, will teach Ethics in Sports in Thailand from 14-18 March 2011. Dr. Mathiesen is a former college basketball coach who also coached professional basketball in Australia. Dr. Drawdy has been in education for over 30 years and was a high school athletic director, head football coach, and golf coach.

Betsy Smith, the Academy’s Associate Dean of Continuing Education, recently attended the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) Symposium held in Hilton Head, S.C. from 19-22 February 2011. Ms. Smith is a former playing and teaching professional and held directorship positions in both the private and public tennis sector. The Academy is developing a program with the PTR to provide continuing education credit (CEUs) for PTR courses and certifications. The PTR has a membership of approximately 14,000 in 110 countries and is one of two professional tennis teaching organizations with roots in the U.S.

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