2011 October

Prince Albert II Earns an Honorary Doctorate from the Academy

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Prince Albert II

As both a competitor and leader, Prince Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, has proven himself in sports.

In fact, the ruler of the Principality of Monaco since 2005 is the only Head of State who is a five-time Olympian and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member. For his many contributions to the Olympic Movement, the United States Sports Academy has awarded Prince Albert with a 2011 Honorary Doctorate.

Albert, who graduated in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Amherst College in Massachusetts, has always been an enthusiastic sportsman. He has participated in several sports, including steering in the two-man and four-man bobsled. Albert competed in the bobsled in five Winter Olympics between Calgary in 1988 and Salt Lake City in 2002.

Off the icy tracks, Albert has served the Olympics in various leadership roles with the IOC. An active IOC member since 1985, he has served on several committees, including the cultural, marketing and nominations committees. Albert, who holds voting rights on Olympic venues, has also served on the Coordination Committees for the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996 and Turin, Italy, in 2006.

In October 2002, Albert visited Miami for a World Olympians Association fundraiser. The group’s mission was to have the 100,000 Olympians get involved with their communities and talk to young athletes about dedication and training. He has served as president of the Monaco National Olympic Committee (NOC) since 1994. He is a member of the Honorary Board of the International Paralympic Committee.

Outside of the Olympics, Albert founded the Monaco-New York TransAtlantic race. He is also involved in the Peace and Sport organization, which since its inception in 2007 has brought together decision-makers in politics, sport, economics and civil life to promote peace-building and peace-keeping in the world through sport.

Founder of World’s Largest Art Program for Children Earns The Academy’s Distinguished Service Award

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Ashfaq Ishaq

More than 5 million children across the globe have participated in the Arts Olympiad thanks to Dr. Ashfaq Ishaq.

Ishaq founded the International Child Art Foundation (ICAF) in 1997 and it has become a leading art and creativity organization for American children and their international counterparts. The ICAF developed and runs the Arts Olympiad, the world’s largest and most prestigious global program for 8- to 12-year-old children that includes art with a sport motif.

For his contributions to art and sport, Ishaq is being honored by the United States Sports Academy with a 2011 Distinguished Service Award. The DSA is given annually by the Academy to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to national or international sports through instruction, research or service.

Ishaq, who was an award-winning child artist, also produced the first World Children’s Festival in 1999. Held every four years on The National Mall in Washington, D.C., it has become the world’s largest international children’s celebration. He also hosted the first-ever European Children’s Festival at Olympia Park in Munich in 2006.

As a result of 9/11, Ishaq helped develop a Peace through Art approach with leading psychologists and psychiatrists. That led to a team of art therapists developing a healing arts program that has aided child victims of the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.

Ishaq is a senior advisor to the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) on entrepreneurship development in the Muslim world. Ishaq, who earned a Ph.D. in economics from George Washington University, has authored two books “Success in Small and Medium Scale Enterprises” published by Oxford University Press and a forthcoming book, “The Creativity Revolution.” In 2011, he won The Zeigfeld Award for outstanding leadership in art education and in 2004 won the World Culture Open Award for Exemplary Humanitarian Service.

Virginia Defense Leads Cavaliers to Victory and the Academy’s Game of the Week Honor

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Virginia’s defense smothered Georgia Tech’s vaunted triple option offense and the Cavaliers held on to defeat the previously unbeaten and No. 12-ranked Yellow Jackets, 24-21.

The performance by Virginia (4-2) against its Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) rivals earned it selection as the Week 7 winner of the United States Sports Academy’s 2011 College Football Game of the Year contest.

Georgia Tech (6-1) entered the contest with the second-best totals for rushing and total offense in the country and was eager to improve on its best start in nearly half a century. But Virginia’s defense held the Yellow Jackets to 296 total yards — nearly 250 yards below their season average. The Cavaliers also contained Tech quarterback Tevin Washington, who completed just two of eight passes for 24 yards with two interceptions. Washington entered the game having thrown only two interceptions all season long to go with 10 touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the Cavalier jumped out to a 24-14 halftime lead and hung on to win thanks to its backfield trio of junior Perry Jones, and freshmen Kevin Parks and Clifton Richardson. Virginia’s ground game ate up time off the clock in the second half. For the game, the Cavaliers rolled for 272 yards and two scores on 40 carries, with Jones leading the pack with 152 yards.

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.

NFL’s Michael Haynes Earns Academy’s Distinguished Service Award

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Michael Haynes

One of the top champions for the health, safety and well-being of football players is former National Football League Hall of Fame defensive back Michael Haynes.

For his efforts to raise awareness about concussions and to push other measures to make professional football safer, the United States Sports Academy is awarding Haynes a 2011 Distinguished Service Award. DSAs are given annually to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to national or international sports through instruction, research or service.

Haynes is currently the president of Mike Haynes & Associates, a consulting company he founded that helps companies create a winning culture and make a difference in the community. He also has served the NFL in several capacities, including adviser to Commissioner Roger Goodell, vice president of Player and Employee Relations, vice president of Player Development, and chairman of the NFL Alumni’s Health and Wellness Committee.

Haynes delivered his share of brain-rattling hits during his 14-year NFL career with the Patriots and Los Angeles Raiders but these days concussions are one of his No. 1 issues. He’s an advocate for the King-Devick Test, which has demonstrated that in one-to-two minutes it can accurately diagnose a concussion and remove a player from a game to prevent injury from further brain trauma.

Research shows a link between concussions and brain damage and a form of dementia called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which can cause symptoms such as chronic headaches, fatigue, sleep difficulties, sensitivity to light and noise, dizziness and short-term memory loss. Statistics from the Center for Disease Control show that the chance of a 30-49 year old man receiving a diagnosis of dementia, Alzheimer’s or another memory related disease is 1 in 1,000 and dramatically increases to 1 in 53 for an NFL retiree who is the same age.

“The King-Devick Test provides doctors, athletic trainers, coaches, and even parents, with an easy tool to determine if the athlete should be removed from play to prevent a second head injury, which we now know can have more serious complications if the brain has not yet healed from the first concussion,” says Haynes, who is an Academy Board of Visitors member.

In addition, Haynes is advocating for pro football fields to be wider to account for the increased size and speed of today’s players. He supports bigger rosters to help encourage coaches and trainers to let players heal longer from injuries. Haynes also wants to see mandates for: properly fitted helmets and other equipment; custom fit mouth-guards that provide mandibular joint protection; objective sideline protocols to determine if a concussion occurred; education of every player, coach, and parent, so they can recognize symptoms of a concussions and know what to do if one occurs; the elimination of devastating hits to the head when a player is in a defenseless position.

“I’m sure several of the protocols being implemented today would have protected guys from sustaining multiple head injuries during their careers in my day,” says Haynes, who is now one of about 20 current and former football players who have agreed to donate their brains to the Boston University School of Medicine for its research on head trauma and brain damage in athletes.

His pro football career began in 1976 when the New England Patriots selected him as the fifth player in the draft. He was the NFL defensive rookie of the year. He was voted to the Pro Bowl nine times in his 14-year-career with New England and the Oakland Raiders. He was a member of the 1983 Oakland team that won the Super Bowl and included Haynes and Lester Hayes forming one of the NFL’s most intimidating cornerback tandems in history. Haynes, who had 46 career interceptions, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

Olympic Leader and Sport Entrepreneur Earns an Honorary Doctorate from the Academy

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Harvey Schiller

Dr. Harvey W. Schiller, who has distinguished himself as an Olympic leader and sport entrepreneur during his more than 30-year career in sports, has earned an Honorary Doctorate from the United States Sports Academy.

Schiller has enjoyed an interesting career to say the least, ranging from being one of the executives in charge of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) to serving as the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). He has even worked in sports media, serving as vice president, sports programming for Turner Broadcasting System and chairman and CEO of YankeeNets, an integrated sports-based media company with ownership of the New York Yankees, New Jersey Nets, and New Jersey Devils and the precursor to the highly successful YES network.

Schiller, who recently served as President of the International Baseball Federation, is now chairman and CEO of GlobalOptions Group, a multidisciplinary international risk management and business solutions company. In addition, Schiller is chairman of Schiller Management Group and a vice chairman with the Diversified Search Odgers Berndtson executive search firm.

But Schiller is perhaps best known for his involvement in the Olympics. During his four year tenure between 1990 and 1994 as the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) executive director and secretary general, he was instrumental in improving the organization’s financial health. He also helped win the Olympic Games for Atlanta in 1996 and Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2002. Schiller later served on the Executive Board of the 2012 New York City Olympic bid. He also served as a consultant to the 1984 Los Angeles Games as the boxing competition director.

His involvement with the Olympics dates back to 1980 when he served as a U.S. Department of State advisor in Nairobi, Kenya, overseeing an alternate competition for those countries not participating in the Moscow Games. For all of his efforts, Schiller was awarded in 1994 the prestigious Olympic Order, the highest decorated honor presented to an individual by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Schiller, often recognized in The Sporting News “100 Most Powerful People In Sports,” earned his bachelor’s degree from The Citadel and is a member of their Athletic Hall of Fame, Business Hall of Fame, and a recent recipient of their prestigious Palmetto Award. He also earned his master’s degree and doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Michigan.

He enjoyed a successful 24-year career as a command pilot in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Vietnam and attaining the rank of Brigadier General. In 1980, the President of the United States appointed Schiller as a Permanent Professor and department chairman at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a recipient of several military awards including the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medals, Meritorious Service and others.

In addition, Schiller is active in a variety of national organizations and corporate boards. He served as vice chair of the New York City Host Committee of the 2004 Republican National Convention and as member of the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. He is a board member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the newly formed Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation, Mesa Air Group, the Competitor Group, the Guidepost Solutions Advisory Group, Major League Baseball Classic, the IOC Commission on Women and Sport, and co-chair of the New York City public Business of Sport School.

Expert and Author on Sport Law Earns the Academy’s Distinguished Service Award

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Herb Appenzeller

One of the leading and most respected scholars on sports law and sports risk management in the country, Dr. Herb Appenzeller is receiving a 2011 Distinguished Service Award (DSA) from the United States Sports Academy.

Appenzeller, a scholar in the field and top consultant in sports risk management, has edited or authored 21 books in sport law and produces The Gym to the Jury newsletter. Appenzeller is sought out for his analysis on a wide range of liability lawsuits in sports that have skyrocketed in number as a growing number of individuals seek judgments against institutions and individuals with deep pockets.

During his distinguished career, he has worked since 1956 at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., where he served as the athletic director for 31 years, as well as a faculty member, coach and dean of students. Appenzeller, a member of the Academy’s national faculty for more than 35 years, even started a sports management program at Guilford in the 1980s.

The DSA is given annually by the Academy to those individuals, like Appenzeller, who have made outstanding contributions to national or international sports through instruction, research or service.

He has earned numerous accolades for his dedication to sports, including being named to eight sports Hall of Fames such as the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Hall of Fame, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame and Wake Forest University Athletics Hall of Fame. At Wake Forest where he graduated in 1948, Appenzeller played football for Coach Peahead Walker and played in the first Gator Bowl that Wake Forest won, 26-14, against South Carolina. Guilford College recognized his career contributions that produced countless scholars, athletes and leaders in their fields by awarding him a Distinguished Service Award and naming the football field for him.

In addition, Appenzeller has served numerous organizations, including the National Association of Sports Officials, the Sports Medicine Foundation, and the Center for Sport Law and Risk Management. He has won many awards, including the Safety Society of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance’s (AAHPERD) 1988 Professional Service Award, and three President’s Awards from the Sport Recreation Law Association (SRLA).

Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Leader Earns Academy’s Distinguished Service Award

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Paul Hankins

During the past seven years, Paul Hankins has grown the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAICU) into one of the best state independent college organizations in the country.

The retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general is being honored by the United States Sports Academy with a 2011 Distinguished Service Award for his leadership of an association that serves 14 independent higher education institutions in Alabama and for his tireless involvement in various non-profit and public organizations. The DSA is given annually by the Academy to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to national or international sports through instruction, research or service.

At AAICU, Hankins is a strong advocate for progressive and innovative educational change. His work with the Governor’s staff and legislative leaders continues to examine possible solutions to the educational problems facing Alabama, with a focus on finding ways to make education affordable for students attending any institution of higher education in the state—public or private.

Previously, Hankins served more than 29 years in the Air Force. Before retiring from the military, Hankins was the Commander of the Air Force Officer Accession and Training Schools, serving as the university president for three separate educational arms of the U.S. Air Force. These organizations included the Air Force ROTC (18,000 students at 144 college and university locations), Air Force Junior ROTC (113,000 students in 744 high schools across the nation and internationally) and a post-graduate officers training program (3,500 students per year in resident, on-campus programs). In this capacity, Hankins provided leadership for 3,000 faculty and staff responsible for recruitment, curriculum and operations totaling $185 million.

A longtime athlete and advocate for youth sports, Hankins recently put together a public-private partnership to build a major soccer complex in Montgomery, Ala., that is scheduled to open by summer 2012. He is also a member of the Central Alabama Sports Commission charged with promoting the growth of sports and sporting events in the central part of the state. Hankins, an Eagle Scout, sits on several national and local boards, including the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges and as a Commissioner for the Montgomery Public Housing Authority. In September, he was appointed by the Lieutenant Governor to serve as a board member of the state’s newly created Military Stability Foundation.

His military awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters and Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters.

Hungary President Pál Schmitt Receives the Academy’s 2011 Eagle Award

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Hungary President Pál Schmitt receives the United States Sports Academy’s 2011 Eagle Award

Hungary President Pál Schmitt (right) receives the United States Sports Academy’s 2011 Eagle Award for his longtime commitment to the Olympic Movement in a presentation by Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (left) at the fifth edition of the Peace and Sport International Forum on Thursday, Oct. 27 in the Principality of Monaco.

Hungary President Pál Schmitt received the United States Sports Academy’s 2011 Eagle Award for his longtime commitment to the Olympic Movement in a presentation by Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich.

Schmitt received the Eagle Award at the fifth edition of the Peace and Sport International Forum on Thursday, Oct. 27 in the Principality of Monaco. The award is the Academy’s highest international honor which annually goes to a world leader in sport to recognize that individual’s contributions in promoting international harmony, peace, and goodwill through the effective use of sport.

The 69-year-old Schmitt devoted nearly 25 years to the Olympics during his career and earned two team épée gold medals in 1968 in Mexico and 1972 in Munich for the Hungarian National Fencing Team.

Schmitt, who earned election in August 2010 as Hungary’s president, served the IOC as its Chief of Protocol and presided over the World Olympians Association between 1999 and 2007. Elected as an IOC member in 1983, he served as vice-president of the IOC from 1995 until 1999. He was a candidate for the IOC Presidency in 2001 and finished fourth. In Hungary after the end of Communism in 1990, he became president of the Hungarian Olympic Committee.

“His service to the Olympic Movement is outstanding,” Dr. Rosandich says. “Few can match his contributions over the years.”

Dr. Rosandich also honored a second head of state on the same day, bestowing the Academy’s International Honorary Doctorate to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, who is a five-time Olympian in the bobsled and longtime International Olympic Committee (IOC) member.

Schmitt and Prince Albert are two of the honorees in the Academy’s 27th annual Awards of Sport celebration. Many of the 2011 Awards of Sport winners are being honored at The Artist and The Athlete Tribute at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 and the Awards of Sport presentation at 4:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at the sport-focused university’s campus in Daphne, Ala. The event is free and open to the public.

Academy Honors Two Heads of State

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Pal Schmitt

Pal Schmitt

Two heads of state are receiving United States Sports Academy awards presented by the university’s President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich on Thursday, Oct. 27 in Monaco.

The awards are being presented to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and Hungary President Pál Schmitt. Both are former Olympians and both continue to contribute greatly to the Olympic Movement.

The first presentation is the Academy’s International Honorary Doctorate to Prince Albert, who is a five-time Olympian in the bobsled and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member. The second presentation is the Academy’s 2011 Eagle Award to Schmitt, who won two team épée gold medals in fencing and was a candidate for the IOC presidency.

Dr. Rosandich is giving them the awards in conjunction with his trip to the fifth edition of the Peace and Sport International Forum schedule from Oct. 26-28 in the Principality of Monaco. He then travels on to the Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs (FICTS) Fest being held Oct. 28-Nov. 2 in Milan, Italy, as a member of that group’s executive committee.

Albert and Schmitt are both deserving of the honors given their many roles in the Olympics, Dr. Rosandich says.

“I can think of few people besides them who have given so much service to the Olympic Movement,” he says. “Their contributions to sport are truly amazing.”

Prince Albert II

Prince Albert II

Albert, the ruler of Monaco since 2005, is the only head of state who is a five-time Olympian and IOC member. Albert, who graduated in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Amherst College in Massachusetts, steered the two-man and four-man bobsled in Winter Olympics between Calgary in 1988 and Salt Lake City in 2002.

He also has been an active IOC member since 1985, serving on several committees, including the cultural, marketing and nominations committees. Albert, who holds voting rights on Olympic venues, has also served on the Coordination Committees for the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996 and Turin, Italy, in 2006. He has served as president of the Monaco National Olympic Committee (NOC) since 1994.

Schmitt is receiving the Eagle Award, the Academy’s highest international honor which annually goes to a world leader in sport to recognize that individual’s contributions in promoting international harmony, peace, and goodwill through the effective use of sport. The 69-year-old Schmitt devoted nearly 25 years to the Olympics during his career and earned two team épée gold medals in 1968 in Mexico and 1972 in Munich for the Hungarian National Fencing Team.

Schmitt, who earned election in August 2010 as Hungary’s president, served the IOC as its Chief of Protocol and presided over the World Olympians Association between 1999 and 2007. Elected as an IOC member in 1983, he served as vice-president of the IOC from 1995 until 1999. He was a candidate for the IOC Presidency in 2001 and finished fourth. In Hungary after the end of Communism in 1990, he became president of the Hungarian Olympic Committee.

University of Zhengzhou and Academy Commit to Working Together on Sports Education in China

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Chinese Delegation

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (left) and University of Zhengzhou Physical Education College President Dr. Wu Lan-ying (right) sign a protocol agreeing to collaboration between their schools on creating sports education programs at the Chinese institution.

The United States Sports Academy took a step closer to delivering its sports education programs to the University of Zhengzhou in China.

A delegation led by Dr. Wu Lan-ying, Zhengzhou’s president of the Physical Education College, visited the Academy’s Daphne, Ala., campus to sign a protocol Tuesday, Oct. 25 that calls for collaboration between the universities on sport education. The agreement would include curricula support as well as faculty and student exchanges.

“This is a very meaningful protocol with the Physical Education College of Zhengzhou university,” says Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich. “We have a great commitment from the university.”

The Chinese delegation’s trip to the Academy was a follow up to discussions Dr. Rosandich had with Zhengzhou administrators during his trip to China in April. The university had invited him for talks and their recent visit to the Academy were made to cement the relationship between the two schools.

Dr. Wu, a former world champion in skeet shooting, and Dr. Rosandich admit there remains some details to work out but both are very enthusiastic about future endeavors.

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

  • Jesse Muir Cuslidge (Fresno, Calif.) – B.S.S. Sports Studies
  • Brandon Christopher Hawkins (Oceanside, Calif.) – B.S.S. Sports Studies
  • Mary Ann Shelley (La Porte, Texas) – B.S.S. Sports Management

Master’s Students

  • Damien Johann Burgess (Newport Beach, Calif.) – M.S.S. Sports Medicine
  • Latanya Kimyaunda Deloach (Pearl, Miss.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
  • Meredith Jane Dombach (New Holland, Pa.) – M.S.S. Sports Medicine/Fitness and Health Dual
  • Timothy Matthew Dombrowski (Lansing, Ill.) – M.S.S. Sports Fitness and Health
  • Jacob William Drohan (San Francisco, Calif.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
  • Robert Michael Fetterick Jr. (Gowanda, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
  • Samir Golubovic (San Francisco, Calif.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
  • William G. Grace (Kosciusko, Miss.) – M.S.S. Sports Medicine
  • Kami Jo Hagel (West Allis, Wisc.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
  • Cindy Michelle Henry (Paragould, Ark.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies
  • Ronald Eugene Jacobs Jr. (Palm City, Fla.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
  • Bryan Cecil Mahon (Cupertino, Calif.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies
  • Rachel Lynn McLaughlin (Camden, S.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Medicine
  • Derrick Antoine Mitchell (Selma, Ala.) – M.S.S. Sports Coach/Studies Dual
  • Julia Maurin Monk (Vacaville, Calif.) – M.S.S. Sports Fitness and Health
  • Elisha Ardine Morris (Breckenridge, Minn.) – M.S.S. Sports Medicine
  • Russell Thomas Paddock (Brandon, Manitoba) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching
  • Brian Lee Rogers (Plano, Texas) – M.S.S. Sports Management
  • Kenneth Manfred Rose (Petaluma, Calif.) – M.S.S. Sports Fitness and Health
  • Marcelo Augusto Silva Serrano (Minas Gerais, Brazil) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching
  • Thomas John Smargiassi (Pearl City, Ill.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
  • Trent Takeshi Yong Tcheng (San Gabriel, Calif.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
  • Derrick Vincent Tinsley (Mobile, Ala.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
  • Stephanie Rose Tucker (St. Petersburg, Fla.) – M.S.S. Sports Mgmt/Medicine Dual
  • Justin Patrick White (Port Orange, Fla.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching

Doctoral Students

  • Mark A. Still (Dover, Del.) – Ed.D. Sports Management

Academy Mourns the Passing of Sebastian Tan in Singapore

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Sebastian Tan

Sebastian Tan, who led the United States Sports Academy Singapore Alumni Association, died of a heart attack at his home on Monday. He was 60.

Sebastian Tan took over as the Alumni Association president in June after being involved with the group for many years and, in fact, serving as the right-hand man for the previous president, Pat Tan Eng Yoon, who died in January.

“It was with shock and great sadness that we heard of the passing of Sebastian Tan,” says Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich. “We greatly appreciated all his service.”

Sebastian Tan was working on getting more Academy alumni involved in the association, including those who received their degrees from the institution in the United States and newer program graduates from the International Sports Academy-Singapore. ISA runs the university’s educational programs there.

He also served as president of the Singapore Lawn Bowls Association, which was preparing for the upcoming South East Asian Games. Funeral services were planned for Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Sebastian Tan is survived by his wife, Pam, and two sons, Terence and Theophane. Funeral services were planned for Wednesday, Oct. 19.

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