2011 September

Oklahoma State’s Second Half Rally Earns Academy’s Game of the Week Honor

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Oklahoma State catapulted to No. 5 in the college football rankings and into the Bowl Champion Series hunt after overcoming a 20-3 deficit at halftime to defeat Texas A&M.

The comeback earned Oklahoma State the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Week honor. In the top 10 showdown, the then-No. 7 Cowboys scored three touchdowns in the third quarter of the tough Big 12 road game at No. 8 Texas A&M’s Kyle Field in College Station.

OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden led his team to 27 unanswered points in the second half and a 30-20 lead, while the Aggies fell apart with turnovers on three consecutive possessions. Weeden finished the game with a school-record 438 passing yards.

Oklahoma State’s defense held the Aggies to 15 yards rushing and forced four turnovers in the second half, including a pick in the final minute to secure the victory. OSU has now won seven in a row on the road—the second-best streak in the country.

A national panel of experts selects the Academy’s College Football Game of the Week. Each week’s winner is then considered for the College Football Game of the Year contest 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.

Ng Ser Miang Receives Academy's Distinguished Service Award

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Ng Ser Miang (left) receives the Academy's Distinguished Service Award from the university's Vice President and COO Dr. T.J. Rosandich (right).

Ng Ser Miang (left) receives the Academy’s Distinguished Service Award from the university’s Vice President and COO Dr. T.J. Rosandich (right).

The United States Sports Academy awarded Ng Ser Miang with the Distinguished Service Award for his role in the successful staging of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) last year.

The YOG called for the participation of the world’s top young athletes in a Games with equal emphasis on sports, culture and education. For the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, 3,531 athletes between 14 and 18 years of age from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) competed in 201 events in 26 sports. They stayed together for a full 12 days and took part in culture and education programs created especially for them.

The Academy award, which is given out annually, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to sport for at least 10 years.

Academy Vice President and COO Dr. T.J. Rosandich, who presented the award on Monday, Sept. 26 at the Singapore National Olympic Council office in Singapore, said: “The YOG was a fabulous event and it really speaks to the measure of the man that it came off the way that it did. The award is something that is very seriously considered and there is a rigorous selection process involved.”

Dr. T.J. Rosandich Speaks to Singapore Students in Academy's Coaching Program

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Academy Vice President and COO Dr. T.J. Rosandich (center) is pictured here with a group of Singapore students outside an International Sports Academy classroom.

Academy Vice President and COO Dr. T.J. Rosandich (center) is pictured here with a group of Singapore students outside an International Sports Academy classroom.

United States Sports Academy Vice President and COO Dr. T.J. Rosandich addressed a group of students at the International Sports Academy (ISA) in Singapore.

The ISA in Singapore was founded in 2003 with the aim of bringing quality training programs of the Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, to meet the needs of the rapidly growing sports and recreation industry in Singapore and the surrounding region.

These programs will provide a good broad-based education with an adequate level of specialization to expose the course participants to essential areas of management in the sports, wellness and recreation industry.

As Singapore continues to grow, with greater importance and resources given to sports, wellness, fitness and health and recreation, there is an increasing need for trained professionals in these areas. Specifically, sports and recreation management has been identified as a potential growth area as the number of trained professionals in Singapore is still very small. There will be a continuous increase in demand for such qualified sports personnel or professionals to serve in this industry.

Academy President Visits Studio of Sculptor Eylanbekov

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Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (left) with Sergey Eylanbekov (right), the Academy’s 2004 Sport Artist of the Year, at the artist’s studio in New York City.

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (left) with Sergey Eylanbekov (right), the Academy’s 2004 Sport Artist of the Year, at the artist’s studio in New York City.

United States President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich recently visited the New York City studio of sculptor Sergey Eylanbekov.

Eylanbekov, the Academy’s 2004 Sport Artist of the Year, recently completed the addition of a studio to his home and gave Dr. Rosandich a tour.

“He is truly a talented artist, in more ways than one,” Dr. Rosandich said. “He has done a magnificent job in developing his studio.”

In 2003, Eylanbekov’s sculpture titled, “Five Continents,” won the United States Olympic Committee’s Sport Art Competition and was then entered into the international competition. Competing against entries from 39 countries, Eylanbekov’s sculpture won the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Sport Art Competition for the 2004 Athens Olympics. This award marked an important career turning point and brought significant new international attention to Eylanbekov’s work.

The Academy is managing the U.S. Olympic sport art contest for its fourth consecutive Summer Olympics and is currently accepting original Graphic Works and Sculptures from American artists of all ages through Feb. 1, 2012. See the Academy’s website for the rules.

Recently, Eylanbekov developed two solid bronze statutes of a man’s and woman’s torso. The Academy commissioned the pieces in honor of the marriage of Prince Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, and his new wife, Charlene Wittstock, who are both Olympians. The torsos are scheduled to be on display at the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) on Nov. 10, 2011, which also happens to be the 236th birthday of the United States Marine Corps.

Dr. T.J. Rosandich Presents at the 7th World Summit on Internet and Multimedia

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Academy Vice President and COO Dr. T.J. Rosandich presented, “Digital Technology and Management in Sports,” at the 7th World Summit on Internet and Multimedia on Friday, Sept. 23 in Beijing, China.

Academy Vice President and COO Dr. T.J. Rosandich presented, “Digital Technology and Management in Sports,” at the 7th World Summit on Internet and Multimedia on Friday, Sept. 23 in Beijing, China.

The 2011 WSIM, a global event and hosted by the International Federation of Multimedia Associations (IFMA), is dedicated to “Digital Creative Industries and Lifestyle.” The main topics focus on: economy, entertainment, gaming, tourism and sport.

Academy Vice President and COO Dr. T.J. Rosandich (right) with Hervé Fischer, International Federation of Multimedia Associations chairman, at the 7th World  Summit on Internet and Multimedia in China.

Academy Vice President and COO Dr. T.J. Rosandich (right) with Hervé Fischer, International Federation of Multimedia Associations chairman, at the 7th World Summit on Internet and Multimedia in China.

Dr. Rosandich’s presentation points out how technology is impacting and changing sports today. For instance, he cites an example of how the National Football League is working to keep its stadiums filled this season by upgrading its official games statistics platform to satisfy fantasy league players attending the games. By selling advertising within the statistical boxes that will be displayed on the video play back boards in the stadiums, teams can now generate more revenue. One team projects it will add more than a $1 million in new sponsorship revenue this football season.

After giving his WSIM presentation, Dr. Rosandich was invited by IFMA Chairman Hervé Fischer to join the federations’ Board of Advisers.

Clemson Victory Over Auburn Earns Academy’s Game of the Week Honor

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Clemson knocked off a defending national champion for the third time in as many tries in a 38-24 victory over No. 21-ranked Auburn to earn the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Week.

Clemson rallied from a 21-7 second-quarter deficit to top Auburn, which snapped the defending BCS champion’s 17-game winning streak. In 1991, Clemson beat then-defending national champion Georgia Tech and 10 years earlier the Tigers topped Georgia.

The last two games between Clemson and Auburn had been decided on the game’s final play. There was no last-second drama this time, as Clemson sophomore quarterback Tajh Boyd threw four touchdown passes to lead the Tigers to its first victory over Auburn in 14 games dating back to 1951.

Auburn did pull within 28-24 with five minutes left in the third quarter, but Boyd then led Clemson on a 12-play, 80-yard drive, capping it with a 19-yard TD pass with 16 seconds left in the period. Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 38-yard field goal with 11:48 remaining in the game, and then Clemson’s defense came up with an interception at its own five-yard line to thwart an Auburn scoring drive.

A national panel of experts picks the Academy’s College Football Game of the Week. Each week’s winner is then considered 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.

Belgian Triathlete Vanhoenacker Earns Academy’s 2011 Jim Thorpe All-Around Award

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For 14 years, the Ironman triathlon world record stood until Marino Vanhoenacker shattered it by more than four minutes to win his sixth consecutive Ironman Austria triathlon.

His feat in the grueling Ironman, which includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile marathon, also earned the 35-year-old Belgium triathlete the United States Sports Academy’s 2011 Jim Thorpe All-Around Award.

“Nobody else represents athletic versatility and prowess like Jim Thorpe did in the early 20th century,” Vanhoenacker says. “I’m indescribably grateful and proud to be honored with this award.”

In July, Vanhoenacker’s world record time of 7 hours, 45 minutes and 58 seconds in the triathlon was 4 minutes and 29 seconds better than Luc Van Lierde’s time of 7:50.27 set in 1997 at the Ironman Europe race. Commerzbank athlete Vanhoenacker, who has won the Ironman Austria six times and nine races overall, was three minutes ahead of the record time when he started the marathon. He completed the marathon in 2:42:27.

He entered his first triathlon in 1997 and his first Ironman in 2001. His first Ironman victory came in Florida in 2005. Vanhoenacker has his sights on winning his first Ironman Hawaii. It is the mother of all triathlons and the Ironman World Championship. He had his best finish there in 2010 when he came in third place.

“To shatter the Ironman world record by more than four minutes is an incredible achievement,” says Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, the Academy’s president and CEO. “Like Jim Thorpe before him, Marino has proven he is a great athlete in a sport that tests the limits of human performance and he very much deserves this Academy award.”

Jan Wendt, Manager of the Commerzbank Triathlon Teams, adds: “Congratulations to Marino who is enlarging a famous list of Award winners like legendary Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Dan O’Brien and Tomas Dvorak. On behalf of the Commerzbank Triathlon Team, we want to say thank you to the United States Sports Academy. We feel honored to have a Jim Thorpe All-Around Award winner on our team.”

The Jim Thorpe All-Around Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in multiple sport and/or multiple events of the same sport. This individual should exhibit the qualities of versatility, strength, speed, flexibility, conditioning and training that exemplify superior athletic prowess. Jim Thorpe was an American Indian who became a legend for his athletic prowess at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm where he won both the pentathlon and decathlon events.

Academy Earns Two New Research Projects with MusclePharm and ImpediMed

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Academy doctoral teaching assistants are playing with the Makoto II Arena, an Exergaming system that will help measure athletes’ reaction time in the university’s new MusclePharm research project.

Academy doctoral teaching assistants are playing with the Makoto II Arena, an Exergaming system that will help measure athletes’ reaction time in the university’s new MusclePharm research project.

The Academy will soon begin testing about 450 people in its Human Performance Lab as part of two new major research grants.

Dr. Jordan Moon, Chair of the Sports Fitness and Health, and Dr. Enrico Esposito, Chair of the Sports Medicine, are heading up the projects for the Academy.

The studies involve MusclePharm Inc., which is based in Denver, and ImpediMed Inc., which is based in San Diego.

The Academy is undertaking the investigation, “The effects of MusclePharm Assault on exercise performance and reaction time.” It includes testing 48 healthy males over a month to examine their upper- and lower-body muscular endurance, critical velocity and reaction time after consuming a MusclePharm supplement.

In the ImpediMed investigation, “Development of single frequency bioimpedance algorithms for male and female athletes,” about 420 males and females between the ages of 14 and 45 will undergo testing. The purpose is to develop new algorithms (fat mass, fat-free mass and total body water) for the company’s single-frequency bioelectrical impedance (DF50) device in male and female athletes. In addition, the multiple frequency bioelectrical impedance (SFB7) device for predicting total body water will be investigated.

Data from both studies may be used to help athletes improve performance and to aid in the development of training programs as well as determine the effectiveness of their training.

Athletes 14- to 45-years-old who wish to have their body composition assessed using state of the art devices and methods should contact the Academy. Specifically, athletes will be provided detailed information about their body fat, muscle mass, as well as segmental fat and muscle mass, such as the amount of muscle in their legs, arms, trunk, etc. In addition, athletes will learn the precise amount of calories they should be eating if they want to gain muscle or lose fat.

Testing will begin around November and is on a first-come-first-serve basis, so get on the list as soon as you can. In fact, bring the whole team.

Please contact research@ussa.edu for more information or call 251-626-3303 ext. 7182. Don’t let this great opportunity pass you by.

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

  • Daniel Aregai (Mountain View, Calif.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching
  • Brandon Christopher Hawkins (Oceanside, Calif.) – B.S.S. Sports Studies

Master’s Students

  • Willie June Bennett (Raleigh, N.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies
  • Megan Elizabeth Clark (Gray Court, S.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
  • Clayton Dean Cotney (Newberry, S.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
  • Casey Michael Gantt (Grayslake, Ill.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
  • Dennys Gomez (Cape Coral, Fla.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
  • Robert Colfax Hoyt IV (Capitola, Calif.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching
  • Thomas Ray Jassman (Rock Springs, Wyo.) – M.S.S. Sports Management/Sports Studies Dual
  • Courtney Leigh Meisel Klebsch (Folsom, Calif.) – M.S.S. Sports Management/Sports Coaching Dual
  • Eric Lee Nesbitt (Rock Island, Ill.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
  • Ashley Elizabeth Perschall (New Orleans, La.) – M.S.S. Sports Medicine
  • William Wesley Poplin (Ronda, N.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
  • Kacy Marie Tillery (Kansas City, Kan.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

Doctoral Students

  • Troy O’Neal Gamble (Anderson, S.C.) – D.S.M. Sports Management
  • Mark Richard Janas (Raleigh, N.C.) – Ed.D. Sports Management
  • Gregory A. King (Benton, Maine) – Ed.D. Sports Management

United States Sports Academy Awarded Military Friendly School Title from G.I. Jobs

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For the third consecutive year, the United States Sports Academy has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students. Student veteran survey feedback can be viewed at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/2012 list.

“The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience,” says Michael Dakduk, Executive Director for the Student Veterans of America. “Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans.”

Service members and veterans can also meet individual student veterans from the various schools virtually on the site to learn more about personal school decisions and the transition from the military to an academic environment.

The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, slashed its tuition in its upper-division bachelor’s degrees by nearly one-third for active-duty military men and women and those in the “Wounded Warrior” program in July. The university has a long history of being military friendly, helping many service men and women earn degrees and certifications online, even while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

The Academy’s bachelor’s program is regionally accredited. In addition, it offers several credit-bearing, non-degree courses in its Department of Professional Studies. These programs range from sports security and coaching to personal training and wellness.

The 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. These schools are making the grade by offering scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served. The 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at http://militaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/advisory-board/.

A full story and detailed list of Military Friendly Schools ® will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools and on a poster, both of which will be distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October. The newly redesigned website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, features the list, interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans with their school decisions. The site was recently updated with the 2012 list.

G.I. Jobs is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business which also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines and annually rates the nation’s “Military Friendly Employers,” “Military Spouse Friendly Employers” and “Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses.”

Dr. T.J. Rosandich Presents at 7th World Summit on Internet and Multimedia in China

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Dr. T.J. Rosandich

Dr. T.J. Rosandich

Academy Vice President and COO Dr. T.J. Rosandich is presenting at the 7th World Summit on Internet and Multimedia in Beijing, China.

The 2011 WSIM scheduled September 21-23 is dedicated to “Digital Creative Industries and Lifestyle.” Main topics are: economy, entertainment, gaming, tourism and sport.

Dr. Rosandich is giving his presentation on Digital Technology and Management in Sports at WSIM, which is a global event and hosted by the International Federation of Multimedia Associations (IFMA).

He points out how technology is impacting and changing sports today. For instance, Dr. Rosandich cites an example of how the National Football League is working to keep its stadiums filled this season by upgrading its official games statistics platform to satisfy fantasy league players attending the games. By selling advertising within the statistical boxes that will be displayed on the video play back boards in the stadiums, teams can now generate more revenue. One team projects it will add more than a $1 million in new sponsorship revenue this football season.

The WSIM speakers invited by IFMA include international senior representatives and experts from United Nations agencies, international professional and industrial associations, research and educational institutes, related international companies in multimedia, and the internet and digital media industry. Participants are from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa.

They will explore present international excellence, a global development strategy and future trends, and promote worldwide opportunities and projects for the digital media industry.

The WSIM’s three-day summit will cover: Interactive games and digital entertainment, wireless multimedia and mobile contents, digital films and internet TV, new media arts and digital culture, digital media education and training, e-health and e-pharmacy, digital technology and management in sport, digital technology and management in tourism and leisure, social media and digital lifestyle in future, digital cities and e-government, digital earth, digital innovation and investment, digital business, internet services, and green electronic environment.

The IFMA is an national governing organization in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC). Established in Montréal, Canada in 1997, IFMA’s objective is to develop a global networking platform for professional organizations, industrial associations, chambers of commerce, financial organizations, research and educational institutes, manufactures and services providers from North American, Latin American, European, Asia-Pacific and African regions, in fields of interactive multimedia, internet and digital creative industries.

Tennessee Basketball Coach Pat Summmit Wins Academy’s 2011 Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award

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Summitt earned an Honorary Doctorate from the Academy in 2008

Summitt earned an Honorary Doctorate from the Academy in 2008.

Pat Summitt recalls a year ago during a critical moment in a University of Tennessee women’s basketball game she called a timeout and then was unable to summon the play she wanted the Lady Vols to run.

It was one of several memory lapses the 59-year-old Summitt suffered last season. In May, she decided to undergo a battery of tests at the Mayo Clinic and discovered she had early-onset dementia (Alzheimer’s type).

The seemingly unbeatable coach now has an incurable brain disease. However, when Summitt revealed the diagnosis in August, she vowed to fight it, raise awareness and keep coaching. Summitt is the winner of the United States Sports Academy’s 2011 Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award.

The seemingly unbeatable coach now has an incurable brain disease. However, when Summitt revealed the diagnosis in August, she vowed to fight it, raise awareness and keep on coaching. For her indomitable spirit, Summitt is the United States Sports Academy’s 2011 Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award recipient.

The Courage Award is presented annually to an individual who demonstrates courageous action in overcoming adversity to excel in sport. This individual should exhibit the qualities of courage, perseverance, grace, and strength in sport achievement.

Zaharias’ spirit and zest for life, as well as her courage, strength, and achievement, are the qualities for which this award is named. The Babe’s fight to overcome life-threatening cancer and then return to the winner’s circle in women’s professional golf has withstood the test of time.

Summitt has won more games than any other college coach in history, men’s or women’s. Despite struggling both mentally and physically with her undiagnosed condition last season, she guided Tennessee to a 34-3 record, swept the Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament titles, and reached the NCAA tournament region finals. Summitt’s unmatched success includes 1,037 career victories against 196 losses; 18 Final Fours; and eight national championships, including consecutive titles in 2007 and 2008.

Summitt, who has coached Tennessee for 38 years, plans to coach at least three more years, if possible. She also plans to act as a spokeswoman for Alzheimer’s, which has no cure, destroys recall and cognitive abilities over time and afflicts an estimated 5 million Americans.

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