2012 August

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

Teneisha Yvette Hall (Houston, Texas) – B.S.S. Sports Management

Ryan C. Kirkendoll (Ridgecrest, Calif.) – B.S.S. Sports Management

James R. Richardson (Morristown, N.J.) – B.S.S. Sports Management

Santron M. Van Rivers (Riverview, Fla.) – B.S.S. Sports Studies

Gregory W. Walker (Huntingdon, Pa.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching


Master’s Students

Ramon Amezcua Jr. (Las Vegas, Nev.) – Dual M.S.S. Sports Management/Sports Medicine NCAA Compliance Emphasis

Joseph Andrew Connolly (Castile, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching

Joedy Jullian Cook (Johnsonville, S.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

Sarah V. Fortin (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) – M.S.S. Sports Fitness and Health

Michelle Shantia Gilbert – Dual M.S.S. Sports Medicine/Sports Fitness and Health

Andrew C. Hill (Woodbury, Minn.) – Dual M.S.S. Sports Management/Sports Coaching

Darius Antonio Jones (Memphis, Tenn.) – M.S.S. Sports Fitness and Health

David Paul Learish (Clearfield, Pa.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

Daniel Kenneth Moss (Anchorage, Alaska) – M.S.S. Sports Management

Brendan Patrick O’Toole (Rochester, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

Kenneth E. Proctor (Rock Hill, S.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

Lisa Anne Roach (San Francisco, Calif.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

William Thomas Sloan (Kansas City, Kan.) – Dual M.S.S. Sports Management/Sports Coaching

Carlton Eugene Smith (Buford, Ga.) – M.S.S. Sports Fitness and Health

Joseph D. Vreonis (Oakley, Calif.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching

Kevin Sean Walker (Upper Marlboro, Md.) – M.S.S. Sports Fitness and Health

Chris Wandler (Red Deer, Alberta) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching

Sarah Elizabeth Yarina (Bossier City, La.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching


Doctoral Students

Christine Heather Welch (Ozark, Mo.) – Ed.D Sports Management Sports Leadership Emphasis

‘Head Games’ Documentary on Concussion Crisis Hits Theaters Sept. 21

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From acclaimed director Steve James (Academy Award-nominated for “Hoop Dreams” and “The Interrupters”), “HEAD GAMES” is a revealing documentary about the silent concussion crisis in American sports.

Athletes from the professional to the youth levels share their personal struggles in dealing with the devastating and long-term effects of concussions, an epidemic fueled by the “leave everything on the field” culture so prominent in American sport.

Inspired by events from the book “Head Games” written by former Ivy League Football Player and WWE Wrestler Christopher Nowinski, the film contrasts eye-opening evidence and cutting-edge science on head trauma from the nation’s leading medical experts with first-hand accounts from the athletes, coaches, and parents who must tread the difficult balance between sports excellence and basic self-preservation.

“HEAD GAMES” will expose viewers to one of the leading public health issues of our time, raising the question: “How much of you are you willing to lose for a game?”

Variance Films announced plans to premier the documentary in New York City on Sept. 21, and then expand the release to top markets in October. Plans call for select screenings to feature guest speakers and panel discussions.

In addition, filmgoers have the opportunity to bring, “HEAD GAMES,” to their local movie theaters through Tugg, a web-based platform that empowers individuals to select a film, screening time, and nearby theater and spread the word to their online community. Once a necessary amount of people commit to attending, Tugg will reserve the theater and ensure the delivery of the movie. Also, people will be able to rent the film for $6.99 on Facebook and will have 48 hours to watch it.

DIRECTOR: Steve James
PRODUCED BY: Bruce Sheridan and Steve James
FEATURING INTERVIEWS WITH: Bob Costas (NBC Sports), Keith Primeau (NHL All-Star), Cindy Parlow Cone (Olympic Gold Medalist), Dr. Robert Cantu (Boston University), Dr. Doug Smith
RELEASE DATE: September 21, 2012 (NYC)
RUN TIME/FORMAT: 91 minutes – DCP Digital and Blu-ray
MPAA RATING: Not yet rated, appropriate for all ages
WEBSITES: www.headgamesthefilm.com, facebook.com/headgamesthefilm, or twitter.com/headgamesfilm

People, Places and Programs

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Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich will participate Nov. 25-27 in the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) 8th World Conference on Sport, Culture and Education in Amsterdam.

Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich and Shaolin Temple Abbot Shi Yongxin, the spiritual leader of 400 million Chan Buddhists, sign a contract to deliver a course that introduces Shaolin philosophy and history to people online throughout the world. Learn more about “The Philosophy of Shaolin Kung Fu” (CEB 205) course, at 251-626-3303 or email continuinged@ussa.edu.

Dr. T.J. Rosandich, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, is traveling to Malaysia for the Academy’s International Diploma in Physical Education and Scholastic Sports (IDPESS) program and to China to further partnerships with the Shaolin Temple.

Jack Scharr, an Academy Board of Trustees member and Art Committee chairman, donated several posters by Primo Angeli, who was the winner of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s (USOC) Sport and Art Contest earlier this year.

Dr. Pete Mathiesen, an Academy distance learning faculty member, is teaching CEB 568 Sports Psychology Aug 20-24 for the International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) in Thailand.

Dr. Simon Pack, an Academy distance learning faculty member, is teaching CEM 551 Sports Public Relations Sept. 3-7 for International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) in Thailand.


The 19th International Seminar on Olympic Studies for Postgraduate Students – Sept. 1-30 in Olympia, Greece

The 4th Board Member Meeting of the International Federation of Sport for All (FISpT) – Oct. 2 in Portugal

International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) Annual Conference – Oct. 24-26 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum in Newport, Rhode Island

Peace and Sport International Forum – Oct. 31-Nov. 2 in Sochi, Russia

Global Business Summit on Assisted Medical Technologies – Sept. 3 at the British Business Embassy at Lancaster House in London

The Eighth International Olympic Committee (IOC) World Conference on Sport, Culture, and Education – Nov. 25-27 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Primo Angeli Earns the Academy’s Distinguished Service Award for Support of Sport and Art

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The United States Sports Academy plans to award a 2012 Distinguished Service Award to Primo Angeli, a world-renowned artist who created the official poster to commemorate the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games and founded and headed one of San Francisco’s oldest and largest design studios.

Primo Angeli

Angeli, a creative director and designer, became a major player in the fields of branding, corporate identity, packaging and naming. He also has a long history as an Olympic artist with his piece being personally selected by the late International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Juan Antonio Samaranch. He did official designs as well for the Salt Lake City Olympic poster and the U.S. Olympic Team for 1998 Nagano and 2000 Sydney.

This year, Angeli’s mixed-media illustration, “London Calling,” won the U.S. Olympic Sport and Art Contest. It depicts the classic portrayal of the ancient Greek discus thrower, Discopolis, who wears an armband bearing the 2012 London Olympic. The piece integrates contemporary branding with ancient fine art for an Olympic celebration.

For his long and storied career supporting sport and art, Angeli earned the Distinguished Service Award (DSA). It is given annually by the Academy to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to national or international sports through instruction, research or service.

“From my heart, I thank the Academy for this Distinguished Service Award,” Angeli says. “It took me and my wife Deanie by surprise and it lifted our spirits. I will look forward to receiving this important award.”

Lately, Angeli has been busy finishing his latest book “Primo,” which is scheduled for release later this year. Already Angeli, whose designs have been featured in major publications throughout the world, has had two other books published—“Twelve Stories” by Rockport Press and “Making People Respond” by Madison Square Press.

His artwork can be found in permanent collections and exhibitions worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw Poster Collection, Centre Pompidou, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Achenbach Collection at the Legion of Honor. In addition, he has been recognized for numerous awards.

Academy Physical Education Faculty Meet Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister

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Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin recently met with a delegation of United States Sports Academy and KH Sports World members to discuss the university’s new program that is training 1,000 of Malaysia’s physical education teachers on the latest techniques and sports science for youth sports.

More than 20 Academy professors who are in the country to teach the Academy’s International Diploma in Physical Education and Scholastic Sports (IDPESS) gathered at the Deputy Prime Minister’s office in the Perdana Putra Building in Putrajaya, Malaysia. IDPESS is being offered by the Ministry of Education’s Teachers Education Division to teachers who have responsibilities for physical education and sport programs in the nation’s schools.

Academy faculty teaching physical education and sports to Malaysian teachers meet with the Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin (center) to discuss the university's physical education program and the country's vision for youth sports. Also pictured on the end (far right) are E.E. Hong, Malaysia's Director General of Education, and Dr. Kahir, Deputy Director General of the Malaysia Ministry of Education.

The Malaysia Ministry of Education (MOE) approved the pilot program, which began June 20 and runs through the end of December. The courses are taught in six different regions throughout the country. The Academy’s faculty developed the 10-course diploma program to teach in Malaysia, which was approved by the Malaysian Qualifications Authority (MQA), a national accrediting body.

The Academy’s relationship with Malaysia spans several decades with its first sports education programs beginning in 1981. The Academy also has delivered recently its International Certificate in Sports Management (ICSM) and International Certificate in Sports Coaching (ICSC) programs through the National Sports Institute (ISN) in Malaysia.

Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin welcomes Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich and KH Sports World Board of Directors Chairwoman Hisham Suhaily Othman to his office at the Perdana Putra Building in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, is the largest graduate school of sport education in the world and has delivered programs to more than 65 nations across the globe during its 40-year history.

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, who first coached track and field in the country when it gained independence in the late 1950s, says he looks forward to Academy instructors helping Malaysia teachers have a positive impact on the country’s sports programs for youth.

“We are retraining them in the area of sport to help build interscholastic sports programs, which are key to the American sports system,” he says. “Having coached there years ago, I know Malaysia has great talent and it should be fun to work with its educators and young people.”

Trailblazer in Women’s Athletics Reflects on Title IX

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Dr. Judith Sweet has lived, breathed and often pushed for the changes in women’s college athletics during the past 40 years as an athlete, coach, mentor and athletic director.

Dr. Judith Sweet became the first woman athletic director in 1975.

Sweet was regulated to participating in intramural sports at the University of Wisconsin where she graduated three years prior to the 1972 passage of Title IX, which banned the lack of opportunity that she experienced during her playing career. She went on to become the first female athletic director of a combined intercollegiate athletic program in the nation in 1975 at the University of California, San Diego. She ran both the men’s and women’s athletics there for 24 years.

Today, she continues to fight for more opportunities for women in the athletic field as co-director of The Alliance of Women Coaches, which she helped establish last year.

Sweet, who along with the late Dr. Mary Roby, a longtime University of Arizona athletic administrator, were the first women to join the United States Sports Academy’s Board of Trustees in 1984, is no stranger to firsts. She also served as the first female secretary-treasurer of the NCAA from 1989 to 1991 and then as the first female president of the NCAA from 1991 to 1993. In all, 20 different NCAA committees over the years have benefited from her contributions and broad impact on college sports.

“Judy’s professional life has been dedicated to equal opportunities for all women in sport,” says Celia Slater, The Alliance of Women Coaches co-director. “In fact, it’s hard to find an initiative that created positive change for women at the NCAA or in NACWAA that does not have Judy’s fingerprint on it.”

On the 40th anniversary of the landmark Title IX, Sweet reflects on its impact for The Sport Update and recognizes that there are still hurdles that must be overcome.

Following, the interview with Sweet is a link to a reprint of a commentary done in 1980 on Title IX by Roby, another pioneer in women’s sports.

The Sport Update: How would you describe the journey of women’s athletics under Title IX over the decades?
Judy Sweet: It’s difficult to fully describe the incredible impact Title IX has had on educational opportunities for girls and women in the past 40 years. First and foremost, career opportunities have grown from being a teacher, nurse or secretary to being almost unlimited. In respect to intercollegiate athletics, the change has been similar. Prior to Title IX, there were few organized sport opportunities for girls and women. In 1972, less than 30,000 women participated in college sports. Today that number is over 200,000 and more than 3 million girls participate in high school sports. While there has been significant progress, given that the law was passed 40 years ago, it is disappointing that there are very few college programs that fully comply with this landmark federal law.

The Sport Update: Are women’s and men’s athletics equal today?
Judy Sweet: I wish I could say that we have achieved true equity, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Women have 42% of the participation opportunities, and recruiting and operating budgets are well below those provided for men’s athletics. While institutions may face financial challenges, that doesn’t qualify as a reason not to fully meet the requirements of the law. Just as in a growing family, the pie may need to be cut up into more pieces or more resources need to be found, but all family members must be cared for equally and the same is true for the experiences provided to male and female student-athletes.

The Sport Update: Which female athletes do you look up to or admire?
Judy Sweet: I have great respect for many female athletes. The ones I admire the most are those who embrace their responsibilities to be role models and advocates for gender equity. Among those who have repeatedly stepped forward are Julie Foudy, Billie Jean King, and Nancy Hogshead-Makar, all of whom have been leaders in the Women’s Sports Foundation and have mentored future leaders.

The Sport Update: What is your assessment of the athletic ability of women playing today compared to 40 years ago?
Judy Sweet: As opportunities have increased, so too has the athletic ability of women athletes. Prior to the passage of Title IX, many women athletes were self-taught as they didn’t have the benefit of a coach or support system. It seems that with every passing year, we see new records set and amazing athletic performances that we might have dreamed about, but not envisioned 40 years ago. It is especially noteworthy to see the number of young girls who are enjoying sports opportunities and demonstrating strong athletic skills.

For more insight on Title IX’s impact on college sports, read a column written by the late Dr. Mary Roby, a longtime University of Arizona sports administrator, on “Title IX: Slowed by Tradition,” that first appeared in the USSA News in March-April 1980 and remains as relevant today as it was then.


Cycling and Tennis World Champions Voted July’s Athletes of the Month

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Bradley Wiggins and Serena Williams dominated premier events in their sports—the Tour de France and Wimbledon—and were chosen as the United States Sports Academy’s July Athletes of the Month.

Wiggins voted July's male Athlete of the Month.

The 32-year-old cyclist Wiggins became Britain’s first winner of cycling’s greatest race—the Tour de France. His runaway victory ended a 75-year drought for his country that saw 59 other British cyclists compete and fail to ever win. In the three-week and more than 2,100-mile race, Wiggins snagged the title by wearing the yellow jersey in the last 14 of 20 stages of the 99th Tour de France.

Meanwhile, Williams, at the age of 30, showed her prowess on the court by nailing a tournament-record 102 aces on her way to winning her fifth Wimbledon crown and 14th major title overall. Williams was dominant from start to finish in the finals, beating Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-1, 5-7, 6-2. Williams’ tournament victory ended a two-year winless streak for her that included a 10-month battle with injuries. To top it off, she and her sister, Venus, added their fifth Wimbledon doubles championship, as well.

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

Williams voted July's female Athlete of the Month.

Finishing second in the men’s category for the second consecutive month was American swimmer Michael Phelps, who became the most decorated Olympian in history by winning his 19th medal on July 31 at the 2012 London Games. Phelps collected a silver in the 200-meter butterfly and gold in the 4×200-meter relay. He finished his Olympic career with 22 medals total, including 18 gold. He surpassed the previous record-holder Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, whose combined 18 medallions came at the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Summer Olympics.

The runner up to Williams on the women’s ballot was 17-year-old American swimmer Missy Franklin. She won her first individual gold medal at the 2012 London Games in the 100-meter backstroke in an American-record time of 58.33 seconds. Franklin edged Australian Emily Seebohm by overtaking her in the last 10 meters. Franklin, the first American female swimmer in history to qualify for seven events, ended up winning four gold medals and one bronze in her first Olympics.

Third place winners for July were American NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, who tied the record of four career wins on the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway with his victory in the Brickyard 400, and American swimmer Dana Vollmer, who set a world-record time of 55.98 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly to win gold at the 2012 London Olympics and captured two other golds in relay events.

The winners of the Academy’s male and female Athletes of the Month will be considered as candidates for the 2012 Athlete of the Year ballot. In December 2012, the Academy will name the male and female Athlete of the Year for the 28th consecutive year. The recipients of this prestigious award are selected annually through worldwide online balloting hosted by the Academy in conjunction with USA Today and NBC Sports.

In 2011, the Male Athlete of the Year was No. 1-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic of Serbia and the Female Athlete of the Year was No. 1-ranked golfer Yani Tseng of Taiwan. Both of them dominated 2011’s ballot that drew as many as 50,000 votes a day from across the world.

More than 40 Olympic Posters from the American Sport Art Museum on Display at the Mobile Arts Council

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More than 40 Olympic posters from the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) are being featured in an exhibit, “The Olympic Art Show,” by the Mobile Arts Council.

The show that begins Monday, Aug. 6 and runs through the end of August is on display as athletes from all over the world compete in the 2012 London Olympic Games. The Olympic poster exhibit will also be a part of the Mobile Art Walk at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10.

"Vancouver Skier" by the late Leroy Neiman is on display at the Mobile Arts Council's Olympic art show.

Highlights of the show include the “Vancouver Skier” by LeroyNeiman, who died recently and is known as the father of contemporary sports art. Also on display is Primo Angeli’s “London Calling,” which won the Graphic Works category in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Sport and Art Contest. In addition, the exhibit features the only complete set in theUnited Statesof the 2008 Bejing Olympic Games official posters by artist Zhao Meng.

Bob Burnett, Mobile Arts Council executive director, said, “Our agency is pleased to provide a sample of this amazing collection of sport art that is in our community and it is our intent that more people will make the time to see this rich and varied collection housed in Daphne.”

The Mobile Arts Council, which is located at318 Dauphin St.in downtownMobile, has served the community for nearly 60 years with the mission to bring people and art together.

ASAMA, a division of the Academy, is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history, and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of nearly 1,700 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints and photographs. It is arguably the largest sport art collection in the world. The museum is open free to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at One Academy Drivein Daphne, Ala.For more information about the Academy’s sport art museum, please visit www.asama.org.

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Academy Offers Two Doctoral Courses on Campus

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The United States Sports Academy is inviting it doctoral students to take one or both courses it’s offering this fall on its Daphne, Ala., campus.

United States Sports Academy located in Daphne, Ala.

The Academy, which has delivered its sports education degrees online since the early 1990s and served as a pioneer in online education, is providing the opportunity to take two doctoral courses the old-fashioned way. Interested doctoral students can join others in the classroom for three hours once a week.

The two residential doctoral courses being offered are Research Statistics in Sports (SAR 674) from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Psychology of Human Behavior (SAB 768) from 6-9 p.m. Thursdays.

Dr. William Wirt Edwards, who chairs Sports Exercise Science and has done a wide-range of sport health-related research as well as served as a lab coordinator, is teaching Research Statistics in Sports. Meanwhile, Dr. Conrad Woolsey, who chairs Sports Coaching and has taught psychology and served as a sport psychology consultant, is teaching Psychology of Human Behavior.

The Fall 2012 semester is scheduled to start Sept. 6 and end Dec. 18.

The residential doctoral courses are:

SAR 674: Research Statistics in Sports (3 semester hours)

6-9 p.m. Tuesdays

This course is an overview of the methods of statistics utilized in sports and exercise science. Emphasis will be placed on computer software utilization for analysis. Topics include hypothesis testing, normal distributions, t-tests, analysis of variance, chi-square, nonparametric techniques, correlation, and linear regression. This course is required in the doctoral program research core. This class requires a final exam.

SAB 768: Psychology of Human Behavior (3 semester hours)

6-9 p.m. Thursdays

This course is a focus on the theoretical study of human behavior patterns in sports and exercise settings. It is designed to provide students with information about research in the field of sports psychology as well as with practical knowledge to allow them to become more effective fitness instructors, athletes, athletic administrators, physical educators or coaches. This course includes selected topics in organizational behavior. This course is required in the doctoral program general core. This course requires a class paper.

If you are interested in taking one or both courses residentially, please contact the Registrar at registrar@ussa.edu or 251-626-3303, ext. 7146.

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