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March 2012

Portraits of NCAA Basketball Champion Coaches Being Painted by Opie Otterstad

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Over the next year, artist Opie Otterstad will paint a portrait of the head coach who has won the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball championship every year since 1939. The NCAA commissioned Otterstad, the United States Sports Academy’s 2006 Sport Artist of the Year, to do 74 paintings in all. During an announcement of the art project at the Final Four in New Orleans, Otterstad revealed the first completed painting of former North Carolina Tar…

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Academy Unveils Bronze Pelé Bust Created by Renowned St. Louis Sculptor Harry Weber

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The United States Sports Academy unveiled a bronze bust of legendary soccer player Pelé done by renowned St. Louis sculptor Harry Weber. The unveiling Wednesday, March 28 at the Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) in Daphne, Ala, was led by retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul Hankins, the president of the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAICU), and Mr. Robert Campbell III, Esq., the Chairman of the Academy’s Board…

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Please Complete the Short Alumni Survey and Receive a Free T-shirt

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One of the most important events at the United States Sports Academy, as we reach the milestone of the institution’s 40th anniversary, is to get an idea of what our alumni are doing in the profession. YOU are what the Academy is all about. The Alumni Survey is a simple one and should take you less than 10 minutes to complete. It has also been designed in two parts: 1) an anonymous first part seeking…

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U.S. Olympic Sport and Art Contest Finalist Donates Sculpture to Academy’s Museum

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She has been called the “Woman of Steel” for all the muscle she uses to transform various types of metal into magnificent works of art. Betty Hoenshell Younger recently donated one of her latest stainless steel sculptures, “The World Connected,” to the United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA). The shiny piece was a runner up in the sculpture category of the recent U.S. Olympic Sport and Art Contest, which  ASAMA…

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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 Jonathan Toriano Edwards (Silas, Ala.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching Robert Kyle Headrick (Hattiesburg, Miss.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching Valerie L. Taylor (Virginia Beach, Va.) – B.S.S. Sports Studies Master’s Students Latasha Shunnette Bailey (Atlanta, Ga.) – M.S.S. Sports…

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ESPN Multimedia Journalist Rick Reilly Receives the Academy’s 2011 Ronald Reagan Media Award

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Rick Reilly, a longtime sportswriter for Sports Illustrated and ESPN.com, author of 10 books, ESPN and ABC sportscaster and television host, and sports connoisseur, received the United States Sports Academy’s 2011 Ronald Reagan Media Award. During his 30-year career, Reilly’s insightful sports commentary has informed millions of readers often making them laugh out loud and sometimes angry, but always entertained. Reilly received the award Tuesday, March 13 in a presentation at his Hermosa Beach, Calif.,…

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People, Places and Programs

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Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich has been reappointed by Jacques Rogge, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), to the IOC’s Culture and Olympic Education Commission. Dr. Rosandich continues to be the only American serving on any of the IOC’s commissions. Dr. Jordan Moon, the Academy’s Department Head of Sports Fitness and Health, made a presentation, “Are all calories created equal?” which looked at how human bodies treats different foods, at the…

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Academy Meets with Henan University Delegation on Creating Sports Programs in China

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The United States Sports Academy and Henan University officials recently met to discuss the creation of sports programs in China as part of the physical education and sport department at the school, which is one of the oldest in the country. Henan, the Shaolin Temple and the Academy are working together to create a new sports education program.  Henan University, which is one of the most prestigious universities in China and is celebrating its 100th…

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Sport Artist Opie Otterstad Donates Two Paintings to Academy’s Museum

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Opie Otterstad, the Academy’s 2006 Sport Artist of the Year, donated two unique pieces of artwork to the American Sports Art Museum and Archives during his recent annual trek to baseball’s spring training in Florida. The donated works include a portrait of American golfer Ben Hogan, who is considered one of the greatest players in the history of the game. Otterstad uniquely painted Hogan on golfing tees. Hogan won nine career professional major championships to…

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The Academy is Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence in Sport Education

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As the United States Sports Academy enters its 40th year as the only free-standing, accredited sport university in the United States, it is also significant to note that this year will see the college confer its 4,000th Master of Sport Science degree. Both milestones are truly remarkable and a cause for celebration. The Academy was founded in 1972 in the wake of two seminal events in the history of American sport—the U.S. Olympic team’s dismal…

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Academy Seeking Athletes to Undergo Free Body Composition Testing for Major Study

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Stephen Okai is a two-time NAIA All-America soccer player but the University of Mobile midfielder always wants to improve his game. That meant spending four hours on a recent Friday afternoon at the United States Sports Academy’s Human Performance Lab where Okai and about 20 of his Rams teammates received comprehensive testing to learn detailed information about their body fat and muscle mass, as well as the precise amount of calories they should be consuming…

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Rising Sports Stars Lin and Korda Selected as the Academy’s Athletes of the Month for February

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The sensational play of new phenoms Jeremy Lin, a 23-year-old New York Knicks point guard, and Jessica Korda, an 18-year-old who won her first women’s golf tournament, earned them selection as the United States Sports Academy’s February Athletes of the Month. Lin, who is of Asian descent, became an unlikely National Basketball Association star. The former Harvard standout cut by two NBA teams scored 25 points and dished 7 assists in his first start Feb….

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