2011 August

Former Duke Track Coach Buehler Wins Humanitarian Award

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Al Buehler, the 2011 Jackie Robinson Humanitarian Award winner.

Al Buehler, the 2011 Jackie Robinson Humanitarian Award winner.

For 56 years the positive impact of Duke University Track and Field Coach Al Buehler has been felt at the college and internationally on and off the track, earning him the 2011 Jackie Robinson Humanitarian Award from the United States Sports Academy.

Buehler joined Duke in 1955 and over the next half century he helped integrate the university, championed women’s athletics and Title IX and even worked to improve racial and international relations through the sport.

During the height of segregation, Buehler formed a lasting friendship with Dr. LeRoy Walker, a former chairman of the Academy’s Board of Trustees. When Walker was head coach at the all black North Carolina Central University, Buehler allowed them to train on Duke’s track. During the Olympics in 1968 in Mexico City, John Carlos and Tommie Smith sparked international controversy and were suspended from their national team and banned from the Olympic Village for bowing their heads and raising their fists while on the medal stand in support of the American civil rights struggle. It was Buehler who showed up and delivered them safely to the airport.

When Ellison Goodall asked Buehler about running for Duke, he helped form the women’s track team. He gave up all of his men’s scholarships so that Duke could offer them to female athletes when Title IX took effect in 1972 to provide women equal opportunities on college campuses.

On the track, Buehler also experienced success until his retirement from coaching in 2000. He led Duke to seven Penn Relay titles and won six ACC cross country championships; coached five Olympians; arranged for Duke to host the USSR Meet in 1974 and the USA-Pan Africa-Federal Republic of Germany Meet in 1975; and served as team manager of the U.S. track and field team at Olympic Games in Munich (1972), Los Angeles (1984) and Seoul (1988).

Despite an inoperable benign brain tumor, the 80-year-old Buehler remains a vital part of Duke, leading an employee fitness group and teaching an introductory P.E. course, “History & Issues of American Sports.” A documentary, “Starting at the Finishing Line: The Coach Buehler Story,” by Amy Unell and produced by Grant Hill and Ann Rubenstein Tisch was released in April this year.

The Jackie Robinson Humanitarian Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated a concern for mankind and exhibited the qualities of dedication, grace under pressure, personal sacrifice, compassion, hope, and dignity that characterize the promotion of human welfare and social reform.

Jack Roosevelt Robinson broke the baseball color barrier by displaying his skills, while at the same time subjugating his pride, to prove an awareness of our failings as well as his abilities. Had he lacked the discipline, not to mention the dedication, America and sport would be spiritually and athletically poorer.

Art Competition London 2012

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The United States Sports Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, is privileged to operate its fourth Olympic art contest. Academy leaders have long recognized the cultural connectivity of athletic competition and artistic expression and in 1984 established the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA). It is arguably the largest collection of sport art in the world.

The Academy is honored to host the London 2012 Art Competition in cooperation with the Art of the Olympians under the auspices of the United States Olympic Committee. Entries in the past have included artwork from such well-known sport artists as Ernie Barnes, Sergey Eylanbekov and Edward Eyth. The competition is open to all ages and all artists are called upon to enter their sculptures and graphic works. You can win up to $30,000 and have your art displayed at the London 2012 Olympic Games!

General Information

With the aim of implementing one of the fundamental principles of the Olympic Charter, which states, inter alia, that Olympism blends sport with culture and education, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its Commission for Culture and Olympic Education is launching an Olympic Sport & Art contest, as it did for the previous edition of the Games of the Olympiad, as part of its celebrations for the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012. This contest hopes to encourage all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to foster an active synergy between the worlds of art and sport at national and international level and to heighten perception of the link between these two areas.

Two categories of works of art will be considered in this contest:

  • Sculptures
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  • Graphic works (paintings, drawings, engravings, etc.)

The theme for all works of art will be “Sport and the Olympic Values of excellence, friendship and respect”

The contest is open to artists from countries with a recognized NOC and will consist of two stages: a national phase and an international phase.

Each NOC will be directly responsible for the national phase, while the IOC Department of International Cooperation and Development and The Olympic Museum, Lausanne will handle the organization of the international phase. This will include an exhibition of the winning works. The NOCs may enter one sculpture and one graphic work in the international contest.

The Commission for Culture and Olympic Education will set up an international jury, formed by authorities on art from all five continents along with representatives of the IOC and The Olympic Museum, Lausanne which will award the following prizes for each of the two categories of works of art entered in the international phase of the contest:

  • US$30,000 and a diploma for the first prize
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  • US$20,000 and a diploma for the second prize
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  • US$10,000 and a diploma for the third prize
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  • Five further diplomas for runners up

The National Olympic Committees (NOCs) are free to organize their national contests in the manner they consider most appropriate to their respective countries or regions, so long as the regulations for the international phase are observed. The NOCs are invited to contact their trained artists or young, promising talents through their national art schools in order to ensure a high standard in the national contests.

Regulations

Theme

The basic theme of the IOC Olympic Sport & Art Contest 2012, “Sport and the Olympic Values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect”, may, of course, be developed and envisaged in different ways; this is left entirely to the discretion of the artists. That is to say, that the artist is at liberty to interpret this designated theme by combining the three values and/or depict only one of the values in the work submitted.

Participants

The Contest is open to artists and young talents who are nationals of countries with a recognized National Olympic Committee that agrees to organize the national phase mentioned below.

There is no age limit for artists.

Categories

There are two categories of works:

  1. Sculptures
  2. Graphic works (paintings, drawings, engravings, etc.)

There are no restrictions on the choice of technique.

Works that exceed the following dimensions will not be accepted in the international phase of the competition:



  • 1.5 x 1 x 1m, including packaging, for sculptures, which shall not exceed a weight of 20kg.
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  • 1.5 x 1 m, including frame, for graphic arts

Graphic arts must be entered in the international phase already framed (a simple beading is sufficient). Both categories include abstract art.

Timeframe

This contest will take place in two phases:

    
  • A national phase, under the organizational and financial responsibility of the respective NOC. NOCs may apply to the Olympic Solidarity for support in the national phase.
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  • An international phase under the responsibility of the IOC Department of International Cooperation and Development and The Olympic Museum, Lausanne.

The National Phase

The national phase should take place between September 2011 and February 2012. NOCs should inform the IOC Department of International Cooperation and Development of their intention to organize a national contest by 1 September 2011 at the latest.

Each NOC will encourage the participation of trained artists or young, promising talents from national art schools and will also seek the collaboration of its country’s education authorities in the staging of the Contest.

NOCs are free to organize the national phase in the manner they consider most appropriate to their countries or regions, so long as the regulations for the international phase are observed.

The NOCs may select one sculpture and one graphic work for entry into the international phase.

The NOCs must return entry forms only for the international phase to the Department of International Cooperation and Development, not later than 28 February 2012 . Artwork must NOT be dispatched at this time but only upon instruction by The Olympic Museum, Lausanne on the date given by and to the address provided by it.

The entry forms (one for each category of works of art) are attached to the present rules.

Entry forms submitted by NOCs must be accompanied by a complete file including all the following for each work of art:

  • the artist’s name and a short biography in a maximum of 400 words;
  • the title of the work;
  • the type of work, the supporting material and the technique;
  • the dimensions and weight of the work, with and without the packaging;
  • the insurance value in US dollars;
  • several high quality images (digital or negatives) of the works entered in the international phase of the Contest.

The NOCs shall be responsible for having the artists participating in the contest sign a copy of the Declaration that is attached to the present rules. This declaration should be returned with the entry form to the IOC Department of International Cooperation and Development.

The International Phase

The IOC Department of International Cooperation and Development and The Olympic Museum, Lausanne will handle the logistics of the international phase and the organization of an exhibition of the top eight works from each category. The selection by the jury will take place in prior to June 2012.

The Jury

The Commission for Culture and Olympic Education will decide on the members of the international jury who will make their selections in June 2012. These jury members will include:

  • Representatives of the IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education and the Olympic Museum
  • Art experts and academics from the five continents The decision of the jury shall be final and not subject to appeal.

Prizes

The following awards will be presented in each of the two categories of works of art submitted by the NOCs to the international phase of the Contest:

  • US$30,000 and a diploma for the first prize.
  • US$20,000 and a diploma for the second prize.
  • US$10,000 and a diploma for the third prize.
  • Five further diplomas for runners up.

All artwork should be sent upon instruction only and on the date given by and to the address provided by The Olympic Museum, Lausanne clearly marked “Sport and Art Contest 2012”.

The NOCs are responsible for ensuring that the works are adequately and properly packaged. The packaging should be reusable so that the artwork may be returned following the exhibition.The IOC undertakes to organize the return transport of all properly packaged works.

Insurance

The IOC will contract an insurance for the winning works during their exhibition.

Acceptance of regulations

By their participation in the contest, the NOCs and the artists agree with the terms of the present regulations and the decisions of the organizers and the international jury. Their decision shall be final.

No work that already belongs to a museum or a private collection can be entered in this Contest. The works entered in this Contest must be free of any third-party rights. The Contest organizer shall not be liable in relation to any such third-party rights.

The six prize-winning art works in the international phase (the first three in each category) shall become the property of the IOC. The IOC reserves all reproduction rights for all works entered in the Contest.

The IOC is the final deciding authority governing the contest and the interpretation of these rules.

Further information

Submissions must be received by Feb. 1, 2012 at the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA):

United States Sports Academy
Attention: ASAMA
One Academy Drive
Daphne, AL 36526

Congratulations to Our Newest Graduates!

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With rolling enrollment, the Academy’s students start their courses as soon as they are accepted without having to wait for the next semester to begin. The Academy is proud to announce its latest monthly graduates:

Bachelor’s Students

  • Christopher Ryan Cook (Forest City, N.C.) – B.S.S. Sports Management
  • Beau W Mulholland (Richardson, Texas) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching

Master’s Students

  • Joseph Green Genung (Reno, Nev.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies
  • Christina Katherine Hartsel (Westminster, Colo.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
  • Kenneith Sean Henry (Albuquerque, N.M.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies
  • Ayana M McWilliams (Spartanburg, S.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Management/Coaching Dual
  • Jason Farnsworth Scott (Hannibal, Mo.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching

Doctoral Students

  • Jeffrey Robert Chamberlin (Daphne, Ala.) – Ed.D. Sports Management with specialization in Human Resources Management
  • Cheng Ping Li (Taoyuan County, Taiwan) – Ed.D. Sports Management with specialization in Human Resources Management

Three-Year Residential Doctoral Program Kicks Off with Five New Teaching Assistants

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Pictured left to right are the new doctoral teaching assistants: Patrick Brennan, Amber Magner, John Petty, Kristy Crowley and Brandon Spradley. Their three-year residential program kicks off on Sept. 6.

For the first time in more than a decade, the United States Sports Academy has a residential doctoral program on campus.

The Academy’s five new teaching assistants, who were selected from more than 100 applicants, will begin the three-year program on Sept. 6.

“I believe this is a very talented group of TAs, which has been confirmed by their interactions with our residential and non-residential faculty,” said Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich. “We expect great things from them while they are in the program and in the future.”

Below is more information about each of the doctoral teaching assistants.

Patrick Brennan

  • Earned bachelor’s with honors in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy at Michigan State University in 2007 and Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School at Michigan State in May 2010.
  • Worked as a bankruptcy attorney for Trott & Trott at Farmington Hills, Mich., facilitating mediations between banks and borrowers.
  • Wrote and edited opinions in federal prisoner rights cases for the Honorable Robert Holmes Bell in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.
  • Attended 2010 NCAA Regional Rules Seminar, 2010 NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar and 2009 Sports Lawyers Association annual conference.
  • Oversaw varsity and intramural athletic facilities for nearly three years as the Club Sports Supervisor at Michigan State University’s intramural sports department.

Quote: “I really have a passion for sports. I’ve always envisioned myself at a university in an administrative or teaching capacity. This degree is a straight shot to that kind of career.”

Kristy Crowley

  • Holds bachelor’s in education from Southwest Baptist University in 2001 and master’s degrees in education from Hofstra University in 2003 and applied physiology from Columbia University in 2009.
  • Playing professional women’s basketball in Denmark for the past two years and coaching for the Division II Jonstrup Club in Ballerup, Denmark.
  • Served as a Columbia University professor teaching physical education curriculum for three years.
  • Columbia University strength and conditioning coach and athletic administrator for women’s basketball, lacrosse, volleyball and men’s swimming and diving teams.
  • Seven years coaching experience at the collegiate level, including as assistant basketball coach and strength and conditioning coach at Arizona State University, Hofstra University, University of Texas-Pan American, Fordham University and Columbia.
  • Published journal article, “Energy Specific Training for the Game of Basketball,” in The Sport Journal in 2005.

Quote: “It’s important to me to become a college professor and I definitely want to do it internationally. Because of all the international work the Academy does, I thought this was a wonderful opportunity.”

Amber Magner

  • Bachelor’s degree in General Studies/Business in 1997 and master of education in sports management from the University of New Orleans in 1999.
  • Ten years experience as head coach and assistant coach for women’s basketball programs at University of Louisiana at Monroe, California State University and Furman University.
  • Team captain of Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles women’s basketball team and Ventura College.
  • Taught lecture class, Foundations of Coaching in Sports Management, at California State University.
  • Created, designed, implemented and ran intramural program at California State.

Quote: “As a former coach, I’ve often gotten very frustrated with the administration and the decisions they made that negatively affected my teams. I want to learn how I can run an athletic department the most effective and efficient way possible.”

John Petty

  • Earned his bachelor’s in Business Administration from Cal State University in 1991 and master’s in Kinesiology from Fresno Pacific University in 2006.
  • Started the California Baptist University wrestling program from scratch in 2008 and also served as head coach at Northwestern College and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, winning 2011 National Coach of the Year honors for guiding his team to the 2011 national championship.
  • All-American wrestler and team captain at Fresno City College and is five-time masters national champion in free-style, Greco and folk-style.
  • Commanding Officer in the U.S. Army and earned the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Humanitarian Service Medal.
  • Owned a marketing company for six years that he sold.

Quote: “It’s always been my goal to earn a doctorate. I tell my wrestlers all the time to aim for the top. Now it’s time for me to step up and take my own advice.”

Brandon Spradley

  • University of Alabama graduated cum laude with bachelor’s in Kinesiology in December 2009.
  • Earned master’s in Exercise Science from the University of Alabama in December 2010.
  • Member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key Club Honor Society the All-Academic Team for U.S. track and field and on the National Dean’s List and Academic Honor Roll for four years.
  • Worked in the University of Alabama Microbiology Lab as a lab assistant.
  • As a sprinter on the Alabama track and field team, he qualified for the Division I national championships twice and was named All-Southeastern Conference in 2010.
  • Won Alabama state championships, while at LeFlore High School in Mobile, in the 400m, 4x400m relay and the 4x200m relay.

Quote: “I want to develop a good coaching foundation and in the short-term become a track and field coach. Down the road, I’d like to go on and become and athletic director. The United States Sports Academy is known worldwide, so I’m looking forward to making a lot of national and international contacts.”

Tentative Doctoral Course Rotation Schedule

Academy Alumnus Earns Top Honor From Malaysia for Service to the Country

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Academy alumnus Dato’ Sarjit Singh Sekhon, a project consultant for Taylor’s University, receives Malaysia’s top honor for service to the country during the Royal Investiture Ceremony.

Malaysia recently bestowed its top national honor for service to the country to United States Sports Academy alumnus Dato’ Sarjit Singh Sekhon, a project consultant for Taylor’s University.

Dato’ Singh was recently bestowed the honor known as Darjah Setia Bakti Negeri Sembilan (DBNS) during the Royal Investiture Ceremony. It gives him the authority to use the title Dato’, which is like those in England who use “Sir” before their names.

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich congratulated the 68-year-old Dato’ Singh, who earned a master’s in sports management from the sports university.

“From my perspective this honor is long overdue given the many activities that he has done throughout his lifetime in Malaysia,” Dr. Rosandich said.

Dato’ Singh has led many sports organizations and initiatives in Malaysia during the past 40 years. Currently, the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia resident is a project consultant for Taylor’s University’s internationally recognized and award-winning school of hospitality, tourism and culinary arts.

Some of the sports efforts Dato’ Singh has led include: serving as the secretary of the first Paralympic Games in Asia that were held in Kuala Lumpur; CEO of the World Leisure Congress in 2002, which was hosted by Malaysia; Ministry of Youth & Sports Malaysia director of sports promotion during the country’s hosting of the 1998 Commonwealth Games; and as an advisor to the 4th World Traditional Sports & Games Festival in 2008 in Busan, South Korea.

During his career, he has played a leadership role in many organizations, such as the Malaysian Association of Hotels, the Malaysian Paralympic Council, the Maylaysian Association of Veteran Athletes, the Malaysian Leisure & Recreation Council, Malaysian PE & Sports Science Council, ASEANA Sports for All Association (ASFAA), The Association of International Sports for All (TAFISA), the International Zurkheneh Sports Federation (IZSF), the National Fitness Council, and the World Leisure Organization. He is a founding member of the Malaysian Sports Tourism Council and Malaysian Leisure and Recreation Council.

Dato’ Singh’s many leadership roles have earned him international exposure and led him to travel all over the world. He has presented numerous papers at sports conferences and forums.

Distance Learning Faculty Prepare For Fall Online Courses at Academy

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The Distance Learning Faculty Orientation that took place included many former faculty members. Pictured are: Mr. Donn Renwick, Dallas, a former Dean and Chair of Sports Management; Dr. Arthur Ogden, Demopolis, Ala., a former Dean of Academic Affairs; Dr. Lawrence Bestmann, Laguna Hills, Calif., a 34-year distance learning and international faculty member; Dr. Brian Wallace, Tallahassee, Fla., a former Chair of Sports Fitness; Dr. Roch King, Indianapolis, a former Chair of Sport Coaching; Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, Academy president and CEO; Dr. Craig Bogar, Spanish Fort, Ala., former Dean of Administration and Finance; and Dr. Glenn C. Snyder, former Dean of Student Services. Not pictured but in attendance were Dr. Bret Simmermacher, Roswell, N.M., a former faculty member; and Mr. Mike Spino, Atlanta, a long-time faculty member specializing in undergraduate studies.

Two dozen distance learning faculty members, residential faculty and five new teaching assistants gathered at the Daphne, Ala., campus for a training session on the United States Sports Academy’s academic programs to enhance the education experience for students.

The training, which took place Aug. 11-12, included a demonstration of changes to improve the technology of the online courses, an examination of new procedures designed to enhance academic integrity and better protect student identification and a review of critical changes to new academic catalogs and faculty handbooks.

In addition, distance learning faculty attended breakout sessions about doctoral dissertations, which they were encouraged to become involved in, and about the King-Devick Test, which is an easy, reliable and objective method for detecting on the sidelines if an athlete has suffered a concussion.

Besides the training, the faculty recorded new videos in the Academy’s studio that welcome students to the online courses when they begin. The Academy has more than 1,100 students in its upper-division bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral sports-focused, online courses.

Donn Renwick, a longtime distance learning faculty member and former Dean and Chair of Sport Management, said he was impressed with the enhancements to the online courses. Some of those included an automatic two-week notice sent to inactive students and their advisers to help them complete their courses on time, a greater emphasis of the more than 40 tutorials in the ACCESS online writing laboratory and a new and improved student portal to facilitate student interaction and the sharing of information.

“It seems much better and much more effective,” Renwick said.

Dr. Lawrence Bestmann, a distance learning and international faculty member for 34 years, agreed with Renwick.

“The 21st century has wrought many technological marvels of which the Sports Academy is on the cutting edge,” he said.

The training session was the first onsite training done since August 2009. Last year, the training was conducted as a webinar.

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich welcomed the resident and non-resident faculty to the training session and challenged them to become even more involved in their students’ success given the downturn in the national and world economy.

“We are very appreciative to host so many of our non-resident faculty here,” Dr. Rosandich said. “Quite a number of you served as resident faculty at one point and still remain engaged with the university. We are appreciative of all your efforts to make the Academy’s sports education one of the best in the nation and the world for our students.”

Residential faculty, distance learning faculty and teaching assistants were all in attendance for the Distance Learning Faculty Orientation on Aug. 11-12 on the Academy’s campus to train and prepare to better serve students this fall.

Auburn’s Chizik Receives the Academy’s 2011 Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award

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Academy Board of Trustee Chairman Robert Campbell, Esq., presents the 2011 Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award to Auburn University head football coach Gene Chizik, whose team won the BCS National Championship over Oregon University in January.

Auburn University head football coach Gene Chizik joined a prestigious group of college and professional coaches when he received the United States Sports Academy’s 2011 Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award on Monday at the Daphne, Ala., university.

“I’m very honored to wear this medal and I’m very honored to receive this award, especially with the prestigious people who have received this award before me,” said Chizik, who earned the award for guiding Auburn to a perfect 14-0 record and Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship this past season. “What a great honor. It’s a testament to a great group of people that I’m around on a daily basis. This is not about me. I receive these very humbly and I’m very appreciative of the opportunity, but at the end of the day it’s really about a whole lot of people—coaches, administrators, players. So really, I receive these on behalf of everybody else.”

The annual coaching award goes to an individual who has experienced outstanding achievement as coach and who exhibits a high standard of propriety, imagination, and innovation as a character-builder in the tradition of great teacher-coaches. Past recipients of the award include the first winner in 1985, Grambling State University head football coach Eddie Robinson, who is the second all-time winningest college football coach. Other college football coach award winners include Penn State University coach Joe Paterno, former Florida State University coach Bobby Bowden and University of Alabama coach Nick Saban, who won the award the year before after leading his team to the BCS National Championship.

The award ceremony for Chizik in the Academy’s packed main gallery included Auburn supporters ranging in age from 3 to 91. During the 30-minute presentation, Chizik received a key to the City of Daphne from City Councilman Ron Scott and a sculpture from world-renowned, Fairhope sculptor Bruce Larsen, who is also an Auburn graduate. Academy Board of Trustee Chairman Robert Campbell, Esq., gave Chizik the Order of the Eagle Exemplar with Rosette for winning the Stagg award.

In just his second season as Auburn University’s head football coach, Chizik, a 23-year coaching veteran, led his team to an undefeated season and a victory over the University of Oregon in the BCS title game. That game was selected as the Academy’s 2010 College Football Game of the Year.

Auburn’s 2010 season was arguably one of the best in school history. Auburn’s schedule included 10 games against bowl-eligible teams and Auburn was the only team in the country that won seven games against teams ranked in college football’s Top 25 poll. Plus, the season produced Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, who played quarterback. Chizik also won many accolades following the 2010 national title, including four National Coach of the Year honors.

“I’m very appreciative of all the Auburn people who showed up here,” Chizik said. “I’m very appreciative to represent such a great institution.”

Chizik also thanked the Academy and Larsen, the Academy’s 2009 Sport Artist of the Year. Larsen, who graduated in 1987 from Auburn with a bachelor’s in fine arts, created a “War Eagle” sculpture out of driftwood from the Fish River that runs behind his Fairhope home. He used other recycled material, too, such as a hubcap for the beak, a piece of a Hoover vacuum, a bed post and old cast iron lamp stands.

“Bruce, I’m honored by the sculpture. It’s incredible,” Chizik said. “This is my first visit to the Academy. What a phenomenal sports environment. I see that you take a lot of pride in who you are and what you do.”

U.S. Swimmer Ryan Lochte and Taiwan Golfer Yani Tseng Voted Academy’s July Athletes of the Month

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Ryan Lochte

Ryan Lochte

United States Swimmer Ryan Lochte, who won five gold medals and set a world record at the men’s World Swimming Championships in Shanghai, and Yani Tseng, the youngest professional golfer, man or woman, to claim five major championships, have earned the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female July Athlete of the Month Awards.

Lochte emerged as the top male swimmer at the World Championships and the one to watch at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The 27-year-old broke his own world record in the 200-meter individual medley, winning in 1 minute, 54.00 seconds. It was the first long course world record since the controversial polyurethane swimsuits were banned in 2010. Lochte, who beat his teammate Michael Phelps in two finals, easily won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:07.13. His other gold medals came in the 200-meter freestyle, the 200-meter backstroke and the 4×200 freestyle relay.

Yani Tseng

Yani Tseng

Meanwhile, Tseng recently won her second successive Women’s British Open making the 22-year-old sensation the youngest golfer to capture five major titles. When Se Ri Pak (LPGA) and Tiger Woods (PGA) won their fourth major titles, they were both 24. Her victory at Carnoustie, Scotland was also Tseng’s fourth major victory out of the last five women’s major tournaments played. She shot a final round 69 to complete a 16-under 272 total for the tournament to win by four strokes.

The public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month nomination and ballot voting processes. Visit the Academy website at www.ussa.edu to submit your nominations each month, and then return to the website between the first and second Tuesdays of each month to vote on the Athlete of the Month. The votes along with the Academy’s selection committee choose the winners and they are announced on the Academy’s website and in the online edition of The Sport Update.

Finishing second in the male athlete category was Novak Djokovic. He won his first ever Wimbledon title, which also vaulted him to the No. 1 ranking in the world. The victory ran the young Serbian’s record on the year to 48-1. Djokovic, who has won three Grand Slams in his career, dominated defending champion Rafael Nadal, winning 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.

The runner up to Tseng in the Female July Athlete of the Month voting was another American swimmer—16-year-old Missy Franklin. She broke onto the world stage at the World Swimming Championships in Shanghai by winning five medals, including three golds, and setting two American records. She won her first world title in the 200-meter backstroke, anchored the women’s gold-medal-winning 4×100 medley relay and led off the gold-medal-winning 4×200 freestyle relay with a split that would have won the 200 free individual event. The 6-foot-1 Franklin, of Centennial, Colo., won the 200 backstroke in a time of 2:05.10, lopping nearly a second off the American record she set earlier in the championships. Her 52.79-second freestyle split helped the U.S. women set a new American record of 3:55.61 and win their first medley relay world title since 1998. She earned a silver-medal in the 4×100 free relay and a bronze in the 50 backstroke.

Third place winners were Derek Jeter, who became the first New York Yankee to surpass 3,000 hits in his career, and Federica Pellegrini, an Italian swimmer who became the first woman to win both the 200- and 400-meter freestyle at the world swimming championships twice. Jeter hit a home run to become one of only 28 major league players to get 3,000 career hits and the Yankees shortstop went 5-for-5 against the Tampa Bay Rays in the July 9 game. The 22-year-old Pellegrini earned a 200-400 double in the championships at Shanghai—an achievement done only four previous times—for the second time after winning both titles at the 2009 championships in Rome.

The winners will be considered as a candidate for the 2011 Athlete of the Year ballot. In December 2011, the Academy will name the Male and Female Athlete of the Year for the 27th consecutive year. The recipients of these prestigious awards are selected annually through worldwide balloting hosted by the Academy in conjunction with USA Today and NBC Sports.

In 2010, the Male Athlete of the Year was Spain’s star football (soccer) player David Villa and the Female Athlete of the Year was South Korea’s No. 1 figure skater Yuna Kim. Both of these individuals dominated 2010’s ballot, receiving more than 12 votes per second from across the world.

People, Places, and Programs

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Dr. Thomas. Rosandich attended the inaugural soccer game staged in part by the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) in the Miami Dolphins’ Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Aug. 3. The event between Barcelona and Guadalajara sold out the nearly 75,000-seat stadium.

Dr. Jordan Moon, Department Head of Sports Fitness and Health, presented his findings of a clinical study conducted on Attitude’s Phase III® Recovery Drink at the world-leading sports nutrition symposium, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Conference on July 8.

Academy National Faculty member Dr. Mike Hahesy recently returned from Thailand where he taught a course in sports strength and conditioning. Another national faculty member, Dr. Dave Shrock taught sports marketing in Thailand from 18-22 July. The courses are delivered in conjunction with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) and are a part of the Academy’s international certification programs in sports management and coaching. Dr. Hahesy is an assistant professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and teaches weight and strength training at the university. Dr. Shrock is a professor of Allied Health at Modesto Junior College in California and has coached track and field at the university, youth and recreational levels. He serves on the USA Track & Field Coaching Education Executive Committee.

Academy National Faculty member Terry Waldrop was named among the nation’s top 25 “Non-Division I” men’s basketball head coaches in the United States by CollegeInsider.com. CI’s Jason Belzer listed the Texas Wesleyan University head coach on the list that considered longevity, overall program success, graduation rates, Division I experience, recruiting and reputation amongst peers. Waldrop is Texas Wesleyan’s all-time winningest coach with an overall record of 245-131 and won the 2006 NAIA Division I national championship.

Academy National Faculty member Reggie Overton was named by the University of Pikeville as its new Director of Athletics.

Doctoral Teaching Assistants Arrive to Begin Three-Year Residential Program

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Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (left) discusses the Academy’s collection of sport art with new residential doctoral teaching assistants (left to right) Patrick Brennan, John Petty, Brandon Spradley and Amber Magner, who arrived on campus Aug. 1 to begin their three-year program.

Working in the Human Performance Lab. Learning how to become a better coach. Earning teaching experience. Training for a sports management career. Writing and developing new courses.

Those are a few of the many challenges and rewarding experiences that the United States Sports Academy’s new doctoral teaching assistants said they look forward to as they began arriving to the Daphne, Ala., campus Aug. 1 to embark on their three-year residential doctorate program.

The Academy’s five new doctoral teaching assistants, who were chosen from more than 100 applicants, will receive scholarships from the United States Sports Academy worth about $40,000 a year, plus a $20,000 stipend. The doctoral program starts Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Brandon Spradley said he hopes to work in the lab on two new research grants obtained by the Academy. A former University of Alabama track and field sprinter, Spradley earned a master’s in exercise science from the University of Alabama in December and worked as a lab assistant in its Microbiology Lab.

“The lab here is definitely top notch,” Spradley said. “I really would like to be involved in the testing and assessments.”

Academy President and CEO Thomas P. Rosandich applauded the group’s enthusiasm and said he expects great things from them as they learn, teach and work at the university during the coming years.

“This is a very talented group of people,” said Academy President and CEO Thomas P. Rosandich. “We will ensure our residential doctoral program is meaningful and productive for them.”

Each of the scholarships given to the five teaching assistants were awarded in the names of current members of the Academy’s Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.

A special scholarship was given in recognition of the contributions that Jimmy Carnes made to the Academy’s board and to the United States as University of Florida track and field coach, U.S. Olympic coach, and as the Track and Field Coaches Association president.

Here are the Academy’s new teaching assistants:

The Jimmy Carnes Scholarship will be awarded to Brandon Spradley, a track and field star at the University of Alabama, who hold a master’s degree in Exercise Science and graduated with honors.

The Robert Campbell Scholarship will be awarded to Patrick Brennan, who holds a law degree from the largest law school in this country, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, which was founded by his great-grandfather. He is a cum laude graduate of Michigan State.

The Dr. Milly Cowles Scholarship has been awarded to Kristy Crowley, whose master’s degree comes from Columbia University and who is currently a professional basketball player in Denmark.

The Dr. Marino J. Niccolai Scholarship has been awarded to John Petty, who holds a master’s degree in Kinesiology from Fresno Pacific University and who is a former U.S. Army captain and helicopter pilot.

The Dr. George Uhlig Scholarship has been awarded to Amber Magner, who holds a degree in Sport Management from the University of New Orleans and who has experience as a women’s basketball coach and as a professor in Sport Management.

USA Boxing Members Tour the Academy’s Art Collection of Famous Boxing Paintings

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Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (left) with former heavy weight champion Evander Holyfield (center) and Mobile Sports Authority Director Bud Ratliff (right) at the Champions Banquet Aug. 6, in Mobile.

The weeklong 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team trials held in Mobile, Ala., concluded with a USA Boxing delegation touring the United States Sports Academy’s collection of boxing paintings and the Champions Banquet.

Before the banquet featuring former Olympian and Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield, the Academy showcased its major collection of boxing paintings primarily done by 1993 Sport Artist of the Year Stephen Holland. Holland did an original of Holyfield that is displayed in the Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA). The collection also features a very unique painting of Muhammad Ali signed by him as the same, as well as Cassius Clay. This painting depicts Ali’s final round during the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.

In addition, USA boxing members toured the Academy’s Human Performance Laboratories that are used for health and fitness evaluations among other things. In the past, many individuals have been tested, such as boxing great Roy Jones Jr., who was always examined before he moved up in any weight class and before he became the heavyweight champion of the world.

“I thought the entire boxing event went very well and I do hope they will come back again,” said Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich. “This area used to be one of the boxing centers in the United States. I sincerely believe that there are many opportunities for sport activities in the Mobile area.”

Pictured from left to right are Mobile Sports Authority Director Bud Ratliff, Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, Gary Richards, a USA Boxing Board of Directors member and Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich during an Olympic boxing delegation tour of the American Sport Art Museum and Archives collection of boxing art Aug. 6 on the campus.

Holyfield, a 1984 Olympic medalist and five-time heavyweight boxing champion of the world, spoke at the Champions Banquet that featured all 10 trial champions. The group will now attempt to qualify for 2012 London Olympics at the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan in September.

“They have more pressure than we had in 1984. When we won the Olympic Trials that meant we were going to go represent the United States,” Holyfield told the dinner crowd at the Mobile Convention Center. “With this group, they won the Olympic Trials and now they have to go to another trial to compete and see if they’ll be good enough to actually make the Olympic team.”

The 10 trial champions were: Eros Correa (San Jose, Calif); Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio); Joseph Diaz Jr. (El Monte, Calif.); Jose Ramirez (Avenal, Calif.); Jamel Herring (Coram, N.Y.); Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas); Jesse Hart (Philadelphia, Pa.); Marcus Browne (Staten Island, N.Y.); Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, Nev.); and Lenroy Thompson (Lenexa, Kansas).

International Olympic Committee Hosts Fifth World Conference on Women and Sport

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The International Olympic Committee has kicked off the registration process for next year’s IOC World Conference on Women and Sport, which will take place Feb. 16-18, 2012, in Los Angeles.

Under the theme “Together Stronger: The Future of Sport,” the event is being organized jointly by the IOC, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games.

The theme stands for the positive evolution in the promotion of girls and women in sport, especially during the last two decades. The call that is linked to it aims to streamline the discussions and efforts of all stakeholders involved to the next level, with women and men working together to remove some of the barriers to gender equality in sport that still exist.

Conference participants and high-level speakers will comprise representatives from the sports community, the United Nations system, specialized organizations, universities, governments, non-governmental organizations, the business world and the media.

Items on the Agenda

Topics to be discussed in plenary and breakout sessions include:

  • Gender equality and the Olympic Movement
  • Sponsorships and gender
  • Media coverage on sports performance of male and female athletes
  • Gender discrimination, sexual abuse and triad risks
  • Women and leadership: sharing best practices
  • Corporate sector tackling gender issues
  • Breaking barriers through public policy
  • The UN and the Olympic Movement: The importance of partnership

2012 IOC Women and Sport Awards

A highlight will be the presentation of the 2012 IOC Women and Sport Awards, which recognize outstanding initiatives that enhance the participation, development and involvement of women and young girls in society through sport. One world and five continental trophies will be awarded to individuals and organizations. Candidates can be put forward by National Olympic Committees (NOCs), International Federations (IFs) and Continental Associations until Aug. 31, 2011.

Background information

There is no doubt that women’s participation is key for a healthy society in general, but also for the future of sport. The IOC has made women’s participation in sporting activities and administration one of its major concerns. While there is a clear rise in women’s participation in Olympic events, additional efforts are needed to strengthen women’s representation in sports leadership positions. The IOC encourages more women to take up responsible positions in sports organizations and has various programs in place to equip the candidates with the necessary skills and tools to fulfill their tasks.

The IOC’s World Conference on Women and Sport, which takes place every four years, is an important platform to assess the progress made and prioritize future action. The last Conference held in Jordan in 2008 attracted more than 600 participants from 116 countries, and concluded with a strong action plan, the success of which will also be assessed in Los Angeles.

For more information on the conference, to register or to nominate individuals or organizations for the 2012 IOC Women and Sport Awards, please go to http://www.olympic.org/losangeles2012.

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