2011

Youth Olympics Doping Program Headed by Academy Graduate

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

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

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

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

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

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

Academy Alumnus and Son Relish Victory Over Former Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Journalist/Decathlete Joins Academy as Director of Communications

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Grant Overstake

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

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

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

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

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

Spring Renewal: America's Pastime Inspires Artists and Fans

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Asama Baseball Exhibit

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

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

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

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

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

The History of Spring Training

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

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

Spring Training Today

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

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

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

Spring Training Locations

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

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

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

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

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

Did you know?

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

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

Baseball as Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sport Artist of the Year – Call for Nominations

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

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

People, Places and Programs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jones County Junior College Leadership Visits Academy

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Representatives from Jones County Junior College (JCJC) and the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) visit the United States Sports Academy

Representatives from Jones County Junior College (JCJC) and the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) visited the United States Sports Academy on Friday, 18 February 2011, to discuss the ways and means by which the organizations might be able to work together.

From left: Mr. Jim Walley, the Vice President of External Affairs at JCJC; Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, the President of the United States Sports Academy; Dr. Stacey Hall, the Associate Director of NCS4 and the Assistant Professor of Sport Management at the University of Southern Mississippi; Ms. Dolores Deasley, the Women’s Head Soccer Coach at JCJC; and Dr. Jesse Smith, the President of JCJC.

Academy VP Discusses Nationwide Physical Education Training Program with Malaysian Official

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Dr. T.J. Rosandich (left) and Shabery bin Cheek (right)

Academy Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. T.J. Rosandich (left) recently met with Shabery bin Cheek (right), the Minister of Youth and Sport for Malaysia, to discuss developing a nationwide program to retrain all of Malaysia’s physical educators.

This was the second stop in the Vice President’s three-nation tour of Asia, after visiting Thailand last week. He is now in Singapore meeting with Chay Yee, the president of the International Sports Academy, site of the United States Sports Academy’s first diploma program.

Academy Vice President Visits Thailand Sports Authority Governor

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Kanokphand Chulakasem (left) and Dr. T.J. Rosandich

Kanokphand Chulakasem (left), the governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), visits Academy Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. T.J. Rosandich during his recent visit to Bangkok, Thailand.

Dr. T.J. Rosandich is in Thailand teaching a course in Olympism in conjunction with the SAT. The course is the first in a six-part series being hosted by the SAT for the Academy’s International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) program.

Auburn-Oregon BCS Title Game Named Academy’s College Football Game of the Year

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Game of the Year

The football gods saved their best for last this past season, as Auburn’s 22-19 victory over Oregon in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game was named College Football Game of the Year by the United States Sports Academy.

Noted Alabama artist Daniel A. Moore has been commissioned by the Academy to commemorate the historic achievement in oils on canvas. In addition to a $5,000 cash scholarship, the USSA Eagle Exemplar medallion and the framed Award Proclamation, the Academy will present the school with a framed canvas replica of Moore’s original oil painting. Moore was named as the Sport Artist of the Year by the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA), a division of the Academy, in 2005.

The annual Award was initiated by the Academy in 2005 to pay tribute to a team whose efforts in a college football game exemplify the principles of high athletic endeavor, complete dedication to victory, and unified team effort. The College Football Game of the Year Award is a part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport series, which was established as “a tribute to the artist and the athlete.”

A game that was expected to be a high-scoring shootout became one with almost as many big plays and story lines as points, including:

  • Auburn wins its first national championship in 53 years.
  • The Tigers succeed their state rivals, Alabama, as national champions. Both Alabama schools won the national title and had a Heisman Trophy winner in the same season (and Alabama also won the Academy’ Game of the Year last season, with its 32-13 victory over Florida in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game).
  • The game was won on the final play, a field goal by senior Wes Byrum as time expired.
  • Heisman winner, junior quarterback and Academy Alabama Male Athlete of the Year winner Cameron Newton directed the winning drive in the final 2:33.
  • A freshman running back, Michael Dyer, rushed for 143 yards and got his team into range for the winning kick when he rolled over a defender, got up thinking the play was over and responded to cries from his sideline to keep running in a play that resulted in a 37-yard gain.
  • On the Oregon side, the Ducks trailed by eight points with five minutes left and Auburn had the ball, until Newton was hit from behind, having the ball jarred loose by an Oregon helmet.
  • The fumble set up a Duck touchdown, and Oregon tied the game with its second two-point conversion of the night. The first came on a fake extra point in the first half.
  • Down 11-7, Auburn tried to secure a lead by going for it on fourth and goal late in the first half, but the pass fell incomplete. The change of possessions left the Ducks with the ball on their own one-yard line, and the score was narrowed when Duck running back LaMichael James was nailed in the end zone for a safety.
College Football Game of the Year Sketch by Daniel Moore

College Football Game of the Year Sketch by Daniel Moore

A panel of experts helped the Academy decide the Game of the Year. Chairman was Hall of Fame coach Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the U.S. Naval Academy and coach at Marshall University.

A group of people with distinguished backgrounds in college football and the media worked with the Academy’s Awards of Sport on the College Football Game of the Year Committee, including: Hall of Fame coach Vince Dooley from the University of Georgia and Dr. Homer Rice, the former head coach at Rice University and longtime Georgia Tech athletic director.

This was the fifth Academy Game of the Year, the first being Rutgers’ emergence into college football prominence in 2006 with a 28-25 victory over Louisville.

In the second Game of the Year, Appalachian State became the first Division 1-FCS (formerly 1-AA) team to defeat a D1-FBS (formerly 1-A) team ranked in the top five, with a 34-32 victory over Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. the first week of the 2007 season.

In the third Game of the Year, a Texas Tech team coached by 2003 Academy Alumnus of the Year Mike Leach upset No. 1-ranked Texas 39-33 in 2008.

Founded in 1984, ASAMA is dedicated to the preservation of sport art, history, and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of more than 1,500 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints, and photographs.

The museum is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Marine Corps League Forms in Daphne

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Cal Walters meets with local leadership on the campus of the United States Sports Academy to discuss the development of a new Detachemnt in Daphne.

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

Cal Walters, Commandant of the Department of Alabama Marine Corps League, met with local leadership on the campus of the United States Sports Academy to discuss the development of a new Detachemnt in Daphne. During this meeting, Mr. John Walker of Spanish Fort agreed to serve as the acting Commandant and Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, founding President of the United States Sports Academy, agreed to serve as the acting dignitary during the formation of the League. Dr. Rosandich and Mr. Walker both served as Officers in the Marine Corps.

One of the first acts of the new Daphne Marine Corps League will be to donate renowned artist Harry Weber’s Vietnam “A Warrior’s Sketchbook” art collection to the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park’s Vietnam Exhibit.

The Daphne Detachment will meet monthly on the campus of the Academy, which is conveniently located off of Highway 98. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, 1 March 2011. All Marines and Navy Corpsmen who have served with Marines are invited to attend and encouraged to join.

Current Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James F. Amos, states, “A Marine is a Marine – there’s no such thing as a former Marine. You’re a Marine, just in a different uniform and you’re in a different phase of your life. But you’ll always be a Marine because you went to Parris Island, San Diego or the hills of Quantico. There’s no such thing as a former Marine.”

If you have questions about joining the Marine Corps League Detachment in Daphne, Alabama, please contact the Academy at 251-626-3303 and we will stand at the ready to assist you.

Ronald Reagan Centennial Stamp

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Former first Lady Nancy Reagan (left of the display) unveils a new postage stamp, designed by 1986 American Sport Artist and Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year Bart Forbes (right of the display), to honor the late President Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday.

Former first Lady Nancy Reagan (left of the display) unveils a new postage stamp, designed by 1986 American Sport Artist and Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year Bart Forbes (right of the display), to honor the late President Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday. The 40th President of the United States was a radio announcer for University of Iowa football and the Chicago Cubs early in his professional life, and the United States Sports Academy annually presents a Ronald Reagan Media Award to outstanding contributors to sports journalism.

Award-winning Nigerian Artist Visits Academy

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Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao of Nigeria displayed the original of his work: "Grace: That Even The World Can Pass Through It."

Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao of Nigeria, a winner of the United Nations International Art Competition, recently visited the United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) during a tour of the United States.

He was guest of Academy Art Committee Chairperson Nancy Raia. During the visit, he displayed the original of his work: “Grace: That Even The World Can Pass Through It.”

“The battle against poverty is yet to be recorded accurately in our history books, yet it is memorable enough for those who took part in it,” Alao states. “These people now know that the greatest equipment that guarantees victory is love.

“Nothing defines true love as much as Grace. Grace makes beauty out of ugly things. Because of Grace, what causes pain no longer hurts.”

His winning entry, in a contest sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund in 2001, was “Girls and a Greener Environment,” which chronicled the life of a girl from infancy to adulthood and the values she acquires along the paths of life.

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