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May 2011

Shaolin Temple Abbot Shi Yongxin Accepts Academy’s New Shaolin Kung Fu Book

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Abbot Shi Yongxin (right) of the Shaolin Temple in China received a new book, “Shaolin Kung Fu Secrets,” which the United States Sports Academy translated from an ancient Chinese manuscript. Grandmaster Steve Demasco (left), an Academy national faculty member, presented the book at the Shaolin Summit on May 21 in Los Angeles. His Holiness Abbot Shi Yongxin, the spiritual leader of 200 million Chan Buddhists, accepted a new book on Shaolin philosophy that the United…

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Academy Presents Shaolin Book and Course at the First Annual Shaolin Summit in Los Angeles

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Academy President, Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (right), receives a rare Shaolin text from Abbot Shi Yongxin on the Academy’s campus in 2006. The 1,500-year-old manuscript serves as the basis of a new online course on Shaolin philosophy and history. United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich is attending the first annual Shaolin Summit on Saturday, May 21 in Los Angeles to present the English translation of a rare manuscript to His…

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Ashton Eaton accepts Academy’s 2010 Jim Thorpe All-Around Award

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Ashton Eaton the 2010 Jim Thorpe All-Around Award recipient Ashton Eaton accepted the 2010 Jim Thorpe All-Around Award from the United States Sports Academy for his accomplishments in the heptathlon and the decathlon. Eaton received the award Friday, May 6, 2011 from Harry Marra, University of Oregon assistant track and field coach, in front of 6,251 fans at Hayward Field for the University of Oregon Twilight meet. Eaton now competes for the Oregon Track Club…

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Alliance of Women Coaches Begins Mission to Bring Equality to Coaching

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The number of women coaching women’s teams in the NCAA continues to plummet since the passage of Title IX nearly 40 years ago. The 1972 passage of the federal law was supposed to result in equality in men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletics. It is true that during that period women’s participation in college sports increased 500 percent, climbing from 30,000 a year in 1972 to 186,000 a year currently. However, during this unprecedented growth the…

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Figure Skaters Win the Academy’s Male and Female April Athlete of the Month Awards

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Two figure skaters who won titles in dramatic fashion at the World Championships in Moscow have earned the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female April Athlete of the Month Awards. Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan won the Male Athlete of the Month Award after breaking three world records en route to a world championship title. Meanwhile, Miki Ando earned the Female Athlete of the Month by winning the women’s world figure skating championship when…

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Academy President Talks About Historic Trip to China

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Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (on the left) lights the cauldron April 21 to signify the opening of the first sport city in Fujian, China, which is named in honor of former International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch. From left to right are Li Shanshan, professor of culture at Quanzhou University, You Zuyong, Quangang District Mayor, Dr. Jie “Jack” Guo, WorldTeam Sports president and Chen Rongzhou, Quanzhou Vice Mayor. Academy President…

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First of Three Sports Cities Dedicated in China

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Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich participated Thursday, April 21 in the dedication of a new sports city in Fujian, China named in honor of Juan Antonio Samaranch, the former President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The launching of the “Juan Antonio Samaranch Sports City” comes on the first anniversary of the death of the Olympic icon in Barcelona, Spain. Samaranch stepped down as IOC president in 2001 after 21 years in…

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Internet Sports Shows to be Created by Academy and Panhandle Sports Broadcasting

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Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich (right) and Panhandle Sports Broadcasting President Bill Brownell sign an agreement Friday April 22, 2011 to begin producing sports-related programs broadcast on the Internet. The Academy and Panhandle Sports Broadcasting (PSB) signed an agreement on Friday, April 22, 2011 that allows them to combine both organizations’ considerable online experience and sports-related resources to produce informative and entertaining sports programing on the Internet. Programming will vary from interviews with prominent…

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People, Places, and Programs

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Auburn University sprinter Sheniqua Ferguson (middle) accepts the Academy’s 2010 Athlete of the Year Award from Dr. Fred Cromartie, the Academy’s Dean of Academic Affairs, (right) as head track and field coach Ralph Spry looks on. The award presentation occurred at the War Eagle Invitational on Saturday, April 16 at Auburn University. Dr. T.J. Rosandich, the Academy’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, is traveling this month to Greece, the Middle East and Malaysia. He…

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Academy’s Art Donation to USS Alabama Battleship Park Honors American Warriors

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Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich (left), Jesse Andrews Jr. Marine Corps League Detachment Commandant Jerry Cherne (middle), a retired U.S. Marine Corps chief warrant officer, and USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park Executive Director Bill Tunnell (right) unveil artist Harry Weber’s “Wounded Warrior” sculpture as part of an art donation by the Academy to the battleship on May 5, 2011 in Mobile, Ala. For Harry Weber his sketches as a 24-year-old while serving in the…

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