2012 September

Kansas State Rally over Oklahoma Earns Academy’s Game of the Week Honor

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Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein led a comeback on the road against Big 12 rival and No. 6-ranked Oklahoma to earn selection as the Week 4 winner of the United States Sports Academy’s 2012 College Football Game of the Year Contest.

In the first half Klein threw for only 42 yards but in the fourth quarter he came alive. Klein sparked the No. 15-ranked Kansas State (4-0) victory, 24-19, over Oklahoma by throwing for 72 yards on 4-of-5 passing in the fourth quarter as he led his team on two touchdown drives.

Last year's United States Sports Academy's College Football Game of the Year was Alabama's shutout, 21-0, of LSU in the national championship game. Daniel Moore's painting of the Game of the Year can be purchased online at newlifeart.com.

Klein, who picked up 228 yards of total offense, scored the go-ahead touchdown on a five yard run early in the fourth quarter that put Kansas State up, 17-13. John Hubert added the final TD on a 9-yard run and racked up 130 yards rushing total.

Oklahoma’s Landry Jones, who threw for 298 yards, responded with a 65-yard scoring drive with 4:09 left. However, Kansas State ran out the rest of the clock.

Oklahoma committed three turnovers in the game, which helped seal its doom. Kansas State’s Jarell Childs scooped up a fumble near the goal line by the Sooner’s Jones and returned it for a score and Jones also threw an interception that put Kansas State in the position to go ahead. Another Oklahoma drive to within a yard of a touchdown was fumbled away on a snap by the backup quarterback.

A national panel of experts selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Contest. Each week’s winner is considered for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season.

This committee is currently chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy. Lengyel was also a college football coach best known for being the head coach who resurrected the Marshall University football program, as depicted in the 2006 film, “We Are Marshall.”

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, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the annual winner.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.

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
John E Florance (Cameron Park, Calif.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching
Anna Marisa Frye (Baton Rouge, La.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching
Joseph M. Miller (Gladstone, Mo.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching

Master’s Students
William D. Brown III (Talladega, Ala.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
Brynjar Brynjarsson (Marshalltown, Iowa) – M.S.S. Sports Studies
Corey A. Fonseca (East Syracuse, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching
Cedric Joshua Harris (Roseau, Dominica,) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching
Emily R. Henneman (Rochester, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies
John Carl Johnson (Manitowoc, Wis.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
Britney D. Kannady-Sayes (Moore, Okla.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching
Antoine Lambert (Atlanta, Ga.) – M.S.S. Sports Medicine
Daniel Joel Lancaster (Cottondale, Ala.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
Pamela Jean Latterell (Woodbury, Minn.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching M.S.S. Sports Medicine
Anthony Paul Mancusi (Brooklyn, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
Elizabeth Ann Mcgrail (Stamford, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching
Jennifer Lynne Parker (Menifee, Calif.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
Daniel K. Reasoner (Hudson, Ohio) – M.S.S. Sports Studies Sports Psychology Emphasis
Christopher Louis Weingarten (St. Petersburg, Fla.) – M.S.S. Sports Fitness and Health
Michael Zilker (Bolivar, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching

Academy’s Alumnus of the Year Starts New Sports Technology Service Sparked from Doctoral Class

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The idea for inventor, innovator and business developer  Dr. Mark Janas’ latest technology company evolved from a paper written for one of his United States Sports Academy doctoral classes.

That company, ScoreTRAX, is an SMS subscription service that allows sports fans to stay up-to-date with scores and news from their favorite youth, high school, college, amateur and professional teams. As part of the service, the company provides fundraising tools and other value-added features for teams and schools, as well as effective, targeted SMS advertising for companies of all types.

To date, ScoreTRAX has sent out more than 1 million score updates from teams across the country. In August, the company launched a new program to engage coaches, athletic directors, and other sports professionals throughout the country to become regional content directors in their own individual businesses.

Janas

Janas created ScoreTRAX while earning his Doctor of Education in Sport Management with a Sports Medicine emphasis in 2011 from the United States Sports Academy in less than two years. Most full-time students complete the 66-hour doctoral program in about three years.

For his entrepreneurial spirit and ability to build new sports, medical and educational technology companies, Janas is the Academy’s 2012 Alumnus of the Year.

“I already had an MBA, which was a great asset in my work in healthcare and healthcare technology management, but I found working in minor league sports that many business people, including me, were often not well-trained specifically in the business of sport,” Janas says. “I really wanted to find a good solid curriculum that was totally sports-specific, and the Academy fit the need perfectly.   I’m grateful for the education I received and the new business ideas spawned by my work at the Academy.”

In additional to developing ScoreTRAX and frequently contributing to the Academy’s blog, The Sport Digest, Janas oversees several businesses as the managing partner of In3, Inc. (www.in3development.com), a portfolio company with initiatives involving medical communication systems, e-learning management systems, RFP management systems and TouchMedMobile. Besides In3’s technology companies, Janas also oversees two minor league North Carolina basketball teams—the Cary Invasion and the Wilmington Sea Dawgs.

Janas plans to use his knowledge gained at the Academy and from his dissertation, “Making the Case for Sports Medicine Informatics,” to build specialized functions in TouchMedMobile for physicians who provide sports medicine services as part of outreach programs. TouchMedMobile is an iPhone or iPad application that integrates with third-party electronic health records.

 

Louisiana-Monroe’s Upset of No. 8 Arkansas Earns Academy’s Game of the Week Honor

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Louisiana-Monroe recorded its first victory over a ranked team since 1994, when it rallied from three touchdowns behind in the third quarter to shock previously No. 8 Arkansas.

The upset earned the Warkhawks selection as the Week 2 winner of the United States Sports Academy’s 2012 College Football Game of the Year Contest.

Last year's United States Sports Academy's College Football Game of the Year was Alabama's shutout, 21-0, of LSU in the national championship game. Daniel Moore's painting of the Game of the Year can be purchased online at newlifeart.com.

Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Kolton Browning led the comeback by throwing for 412 yards and running for 69 yards. His last carry was a 16-yard winding scramble in overtime on fourth-and-1 that ended with Browning diving into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown that left the Razorbacks crowd in stunned silence.

The Warhawks (1-0) trailed, 28-7, before mounting a comeback to win the game, 34-31, over Arkansas (1-1), which had expected to contend for the SEC and national championships this season. It was Louisiana-Monroe’s first victory over a Southeastern Conference team since defeating Alabama in 2007. The Warhawks are 4-34 against the SEC, with their only other win coming against Mississippi State in 1995.

It is also the Sun Belt Conference’s first win over a top 10 team, and the league’s first over a ranked opponent since Troy defeated Missouri in 2004.

A national panel of experts selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Contest. Each week’s winner is considered for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season.

This committee is currently chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy. Lengyel was also a college football coach best known for being the head coach who resurrected the Marshall University football program, as depicted in the 2006 film, “We Are Marshall.”

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, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the annual winner.

People, Places and Programs

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Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich has been appointed as a member of the Sports Sciences Steering Committee of the American Football World Center in Dallas, Texas.

Betsy Smith, Director of Academic Administration and Continuing Education, is leading the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) study tour of American sports programs from Sept. 17-30.

Dr. Marion “Will” Evans has been promoted at the Academy to Dean of Academic Affairs.

Dr. Wirt Edwards is the Academy’s new chair of Sports Exercise Science. He has over 15 years of teaching experience at Louisiana State (LSU), Wright State, Texas A&M-Kingville and Lander University.

Dr. Dexter J. Davis, an Academy distance learning faculty member, is now teaching at York College of Pennsylvania.

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

MAJOR PROGRAM EVENTS

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

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

Academy Doctoral Student Discusses University's Physical Education Program in Malaysia

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The United States Sports Academy selected Brandon Spradley from more than 100 applicants for one of five doctoral teaching assistant positions in August 2011.

One year later, the 24-year-old found himself in Malaysia on a three-week teaching assignment with 20 other university instructors involved in training 1,000 of Malaysia’s physical education teachers on the latest techniques and sports science for youth sports.

Besides teaching, Spradley joined an Academy delegation that met with Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Muhyiddin Yassin. Spradley briefly hobnobbed with him during introductions. The moment showing a beaming Spradley was captured on camera by the Malaysian media and printed in newspapers throughout the country and across Southeast Asia.

“It was definitely a big deal,” Spradley says, laughing. “People looked at me like a star.”

Academy faculty teaching physical education and sports to Malaysian teachers meet with the Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin (center) to discuss the country's vision of its sports programs.

The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, began delivering its International Diploma in Physical Education and Scholastic Sports (IDPESS) program June 20. The six-month program approved by the Malaysia Ministry of Education (MOE) is taught in six different regions throughout the country. The Academy’s faculty developed the 10-course diploma program to teach in Malaysia, where the nation’s leaders want to enhance the physical education programs taught in its schools and to improve youth sports.

Spradley is a former University of Alabama track and field sprinter who earned a bachelor’s in Kinesiology in December 2009 and earned his master’s with honors in Exercise Science in December 2010. He spoke with The Sport Update about his positive experience in Kulim, Malaysia.

The Sport Update: What did you think about the chance to teach physical education in Malaysia?

Brandon Spradley: First off, I didn’t think I would get an opportunity like this. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity at the Academy to go overseas for the first time in my life. As far as the teaching experience was concerned, I had a great experience. The Malaysian teachers we were training were knowledgeable about the subjects and were really interested in learning more. They asked a lot of questions about P.E. and sports in the United States. In Malaysia, most of them only taught students twice a week for 30 to 45 minutes. They want to change up their curriculum. Teaching there gave me a big confidence booster in my ability.

The Sport Update: Did you have a highlight?

Brandon Spradley

Brandon Spradley: Kulim was a beautiful city depending on what area you were in. We did do a little sightseeing but not much because we had long days teaching. My highlight, though, came in the second course. The purpose of it was teaching social and physical responsibility through P.E. If you learn values through physical education they may transfer to other areas of life, like being respectful at home. Dr. Tim DeVinney, Dr. Fred Cromartie and I had our four classes create three events and compete in them like a Malaysian Olympic Games. They had to come together and create the rules and regulations. We also had opening and closing ceremonies, fireworks and sang their national anthem. It was a lot of fun but also matched up perfectly with what we were trying to teach in this course.

The Sport Update: What did you like about Malaysia?

Brandon Spradley: There are a lot of different cultures and nationalities in Malaysia. They all seem to get along just fine. It seemed there was a lot of togetherness there and a lot of pride in their country. There were few African-Americans but I was able to fit right in and they treated me like a regular guy. We were teaching there during the Muslim celebration of Ramadan, where they wouldn’t eat or drink during the day. We just wanted to be respectful of the students and not eat in front of them but the class wasn’t too affected by us. We didn’t have to adjust too much to their culture, we just had to act respectful.

The Sport Update: What was it like getting to meet Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister and having your picture in many of the country’s papers with him?

Brandon Spradley: The students were really interested in it. They were like, “We saw you on the news!” They gave me newspapers and translated them for me. The reason I was smiling so much was that the DPM said, “You must be the youngest.” I didn’t expect him to make a joke and thought it was funny. That was definitely a big deal. People looked at me like a star.

Wiregrass Museum of Art Shows Off American Sport Art Museum and Archives Collection of Southern Sports Artists

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The accomplishments of our most promising athletes have been celebrated in art since ancient times.

The Wiregrass Museum of Art is celebrating this tradition by presenting a selection of two dozen works from the collection of the American Sport Art Museum and Archives through Feb. 23, 2013.  ASAMA, a division of the United States Sports Academy, arguably holds the largest collection of sport art in the world with nearly 2,000 pieces.

"Crimson Rose," by painter Rick Rush is featured in an exhibit at the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, Ala.

The exhibition at the Dothan, Ala., museum features artwork by renowned sports artists from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Texas.  The prominent sports artists the Wiregrass exhibit features include: Opie Otterstad, Bart Forbes, Daniel Moore, Rick Rush, Robert Zimlich, Ronald Bradstock and Liston Bochette.  This exhibition includes images highlighting a variety of Southern pastimes including football, fishing, basketball, golf and baseball.

The Wiregrass Museum is hosting a reception to announce the exhibit at 6 p.m. Thursday Oct. 4 in its Entrance Gallery and Marie Saliba Gallery.

For instance, “Crimson Rose” by Rush, a Tuscaloosa, Ala., painter and 2011 Sport Artist of the Year, is displayed that depicts 2009 University of Alabama Heisman Trophy running back Mark Ingram, who now plays for the New Orleans Saints.

In addition, another piece by Otterstad, the Academy’s 2006 Sport Artist of the Year, includes a portrait of legendary golfer Ben Hogan that’s painted on thousands of lined-up golf tees. Hogan, who won nine career professional major championships, was the first of 27 similar portraits of golfers on tees that Otterstad created.

The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) was established in 1986 in the historic Water and Electric Building located in downtown Dothan. This building was built in 1912-1913 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum that serves Dothan and the Wiregrass Region occupies 18,000-square feet of gallery space. Original plans called for a $2.8 million, 30,000-square-foot museum.

ASAMA was established in 1984 by Academy Founder and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich. Located in Daphne, Ala., the sports art museum is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

For more information about the exhibit or Wiregrass Museum, call 334-794-3871 or visit www.wiregrassmuseum.org. For more information about ASAMA, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.asama.org.

College Football Game of the Year Contest Kicks Off at the Academy

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For the seventh consecutive season, prominent college football experts from around the country will be discussing, studying, and voting to determine the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Year.

The College Football Game of the Year Award was developed 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.”

"The Shutout" is the 2011 College Football Game of the Year painting by Daniel Moore, the Academy's 2005 Sport Artist of the Year.

Each week the committee selects a Game of the Week with the weekly winners then qualifying for consideration for selection as the College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season. Fans are encouraged to follow the process along and compare their selected games of the week to the committee’s selection.

Already this season, the College Football Game of the Year Committee has selected Virginia Tech for its overtime 20-17 victory over Georgia Tech as the Week 1 winner and Louisiana Monroe’s stunning 34-31 overtime upset of previously No. 8-ranked Arkansas as the Week 2 winner.

The Committee reads like a “Who’s Who” in college football, including eminent athletic directors, football coaches and other sport leaders, who meet the criteria to serve on the committee and exhibit no bias in their vote.

Jack Lengyel chairs the selection committee. He is the former longtime U.S. Naval Academy athletic director who is best known for being the head coach that resurrected the Marshall University football program, as depicted in the 2006 film “We Are Marshall.”

Other members are: former National Football Foundation CEO Robert Casciola, former National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) executive director Mike Cleary; former Temple University head football coach Ron Dickerson; former University of Georgia athletic director and head football coach Vince Dooley; former Ohio State athletic director James Jones; American Football Monthly and Gridiron Strategies Managing Editor Rex Lardner, former University of Washington AD Mike Lude; former University of California AD Dave Maggard; the Academy’s 2005 Sport Artist of the Year Daniel Moore; former Arizona State AD Dick Tamburo; former Notre Dame associate AD Roger Valdiserri; and former Oklahoma State and Washington State AD Dr. Richard Young.

Moore is annually commissioned by the Academy to do a painting depicting the selected College Football Game of the Year. Moore’s painting of the 2011 College Football Game of the Year, immortalizes the University of Alabama’s 21-0 shutout of Louisiana State University in the national championship game.

Each year, the Academy’s American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) commissions Moore to create a painting honoring the Game of the Year selection. The Academy will donate the painting and contribute $5,000 to the winning school’s general scholarship fund. Daniel Moore’s painting of the Game of the Year can be purchased online at newlifeart.com.

The United States Sports Academy is the largest graduate school of sport education in the world. The Academy became the first and only free standing, accredited university in America devoted entirely to sport programs when it opened in 1972, a distinction that continues to this day.

College Football Game of the Year Award Recipients:

2006: Rutgers University
Rutgers 28, Louisville 25

2007: Appalachian State University
Appalachian State 34, Michigan 32

2008: Texas Tech University
Texas Tech 39, Texas 33

2009: University of Alabama
Alabama 32, Florida 13

2010: University of Auburn
Auburn 22, Oregon 19

2011: University of Alabama
Alabama 21, LSU 0

Academy Leads Thailand Group on Tour of American Sports Programs

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For the sixth consecutive year, the United States Sports Academy is leading Thailand sports officials and students on a two week tour of American sports programs, which includes catching a San Francisco Giants baseball game to touring Walt Disney World’s sports resort in Orlando.

U.S. speed skating men's coach Derek Parra (left), a 2002 Olympic gold medalist in speed skating, talks about the oval with Sports Authority of Thailand members last year in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) is sending 15 people this year from Sept. 17-30 to get an up-close and in-depth look at everything from American football stadiums and speed skating rinks to strength and conditioning programs and organized youth sports.

Betsy Smith, the Academy’s director of academic administration and continuing education, has led the tour the past six years and says the Thais enjoy studying American sports.

“They are really fascinated by our sports system,” Smith says. “They’re interested as much in American spectators as watching the event itself. In Thailand, women and families don’t usually attend athletic events.”

The Academy, the largest graduate program in sport education in the world, developed a relationship with Thailand more than 50 years ago.  The sports university has delivered sports programs in 65 countries around the globe. The Academy is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year as one of the first universities in the United States dedicated to sports education.

The SAT is Thailand’s primary sports organization and plays a vital role in developing sport. The Academy offers Thailand students both an International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) and Sports Coaching (ICSC).

At the conclusion to the SAT study tour, about a dozen Thailand students traveling with the group will attend a seminar to listen to Dr. Wirt Edwards, the Academy’s Chair of Sports Exercise Science, speak on nutrition, Dr. Conrad Woolsey, Chair of Sports Coaching, discuss coaching and motivation, and Dr. Arthur Ogden, Chair of Sports Management, talk about management in sports. The Thailand students will then attend a graduation ceremony where they will receive their diplomas at 2:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at the Academy’s  Daphne, Ala., campus.

This year’s tour begins in San Francisco with the National League West Division-leading Giants taking on the Colorado Rockies on Sept. 18. Among other things, the tour includes stops at Stanford University to study its athletic programs, the United States winter Olympic facilities near Salt Lake City, Utah, Disney’s All Star Sports Resort in Orlando, Fla., and the IMG sports academies in Bradenton, Fla. While they are in the Daphne area, the Thailand group will also take in a Spring Hill College women’s soccer game and Daphne High School football game on Sept. 28.

Last year, the group’s study tour emphasized winter sports as the tropical country prepares to participate in the Winter Olympics for the first time in 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Olympic Sport Artists Martin Linson and Primo Angeli Named Academy’s Sport Artists of the Year

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Olympic artists Martin Linson and Primo Angeli are the United States Sports Academy’s 2013 Sport Artists of the Year.

Linson is an emerging artist who won the United States’ first gold medal of the 2012 London Olympics with his sculpture paying tribute to the Paralympic athlete. Angeli is a world-renowned artist who the late International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Juan Antonio Samaranch personally selected to create the official poster to commemorate the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games.

Both artists will be honored at the Academy’s annual Awards of Sport event, “A Tribute to the Artist and the Athlete,” scheduled at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Daphne, Ala., campus.

"Omnipotent Triumph" sculpture by Martin Linson.

The 36-year-old Linson won first prize in the IOC’s Sport and Art Contest in the sculpture category with his bronze, “Omnipotent Triumph” that was displayed at the London Games. The St. Charles, Mo., sculptor became the second American artist in the past three Olympiads to win the international art competition.

Selected from entries from 62 nations by an IOC jury with judges from five continents, Linson’s bronze sculpture features an Olympian crossing the finish line in his wheelchair with his arms uplifted in a triumphant “V” for victory pose.

Angeli, who founded and headed one of San Francisco’s oldest and largest design studios, won the U.S. Olympic Sport and Art Contest. Angeli’s mixed-media illustration, “London Calling,” 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.

Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, a member of the IOC’s Culture and Olympic Education Commission, served on the judging committee for the art entered into the 2012 London Olympic Sport and Art Contest. The Academy president and CEO also founded in 1984 the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA), which conducted by the U.S. contest in cooperation with the Art of the Olympians and under the auspices of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). It was the fourth consecutive U.S. Olympic Sport and Art contest that the Academy’s ASAMA has overseen.

“These are two excellent artists who have embodied the Olympic Movement through their artworks,” Dr. Rosandich said. “We are honored and proud that they are our newest Sport Artists of the Year.”
The Sport Artist of the Year Award has been presented the past 28 years to an individual who captures the spirit and life of sport so that future generations can relive the drama of today’s competition. The recipients, which includes artists who are well-known throughout the world, use a variety of art media to depict the breadth and scope of both the agony and the ecstasy of sport.

ASAMA, a division of the Academy, is arguably the largest sport art collection in the world. 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. The museum is open free to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

"London Calling" by Primo Angeli.

Linson qualified for the IOC art competition when he won the U.S. Olympic Sport and Art Contest in February. Linson’s joined American Sergey Eylanbekov, whose sculpture, “Five Continents,” won the IOC Sport Art Competition for the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Linson, who finished as the runner-up in the U.S. Olympic Sport and Art Contest in 2008, has a unique style in the representation of the human anatomy that has brought him major commissions, such as the President of Lindenwood University. Linson has studied under well-known, St. Louis-area sculptors Harry Weber, the 2011 Sport Artist of the Year, and Don Wiegand. Linson has other works displayed in numerous private collections.

He teaches art at Lindenwood and The St. Louis Art Institute, and he is the owner of Linson Studios and Lighthouse Screen Printing.

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 for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He did official designs as well for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and for the U.S. Olympic Team for 1998 Nagano and 2000 Sydney.

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.

Olympians Usain Bolt and Missy Franklin Voted August’s Athletes of the Month

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Olympic sensations Usain Bolt and Missy Franklin were chosen as the United States Sports Academy’s August Athletes of the Month.

At the 2012 London Olympic Games, Bolt, a Jamaican sprinter, became the first man ever to repeat as an Olympic gold medalist in the 100- and 200-meter events. Meanwhile, Franklin, an American swimmer, set a world record in the 200-meter backstroke and won four gold medals.

Usain Bolt

Bolt won the 100 in an Olympic record time of 9.63 seconds. He then won the 200 in 19.32—0.13 seconds off his world record. Bolt won a third gold medal as the anchor of Jamaica’s 400-meter relay team, which finished in a world-record time of 36.84 seconds. Bolt has six golds in six events from the 2008 Bejing and 2012 London Games.

Meanwhile, the 17-year-old Franklin lived up to her Olympic hype. She completed the 200-meter backstroke in a world record of 2:04.06. The first American woman to qualify for seven Olympic events ended up taking home five medals—four gold and one bronze. One of her gold medals was earned on the American 4×100-meter medley relay team that set a world record with a time of 3:52.05.

The public is invited to participate in the online, 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.

Finishing second in the men’s category was American swimmer Michael Phelps, who became the first male swimmer to win the same event at three successive Olympics when he clinched the men’s 200-meter individual medley gold medal at the 2012 London Games. Phelps also won the event at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Games. The 27-year-old is now the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals, including 18 gold.

Missy Franklin

The runner up to Franklin on the women’s ballot was 16-year-old American gymnast Gabby Douglas, who won the women’s all-around gymnastics title at the 2012 London Olympics, becoming the third straight American to win the sport’s biggest prize. Also, she and her “Fierce Five” teammates helped the United States win its first Olympic team title since 1996.

Third place winners for August were American decathlete Ashton Eaton, who racked up 8,869 points to win the gold medal by 198 points, and American sprinter Allyson Felix, who captured the Olympic 200-meter title in 21.88 seconds becoming the most decorated female sprinter in the event in history.

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.

Virginia Tech’s Overtime Victory Earns Academy’s Game of the Week Honor

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Down with 44 seconds to go, Virginia Tech forced overtime as time expired and rallied for a 20-17 season-opening win over Georgia Tech behind two crucial field goals by kicker Cody Journell.

The comeback victory over its Atlantic Coast Conference rival earned Virginia Tech selection as the Week 1 winner of the United States Sports Academy’s 2012 College Football Game of the Year Contest.

Last year's United States Sports Academy's College Football Game of the Year was Alabama's shutout, 21-0, of LSU in the national championship game. Daniel Moore's painting of the Game of the Year can be purchased online at newlifeart.com.

Journell, who had missed a crucial field goal earlier in the game, made up for it by kicking a 41-yard field goal as time expired to force overtime. He then punched in a game-winning 17-yard field goal in the extra period to seal the win for then-No. 16 Virginia Tech.

Georgia Tech had silenced the sellout crowd at Virginia Tech when Yellow Jackets quarterback Tevin Washington hit Deon Hill with a 10-yard scoring pass with 44 seconds left in regulation to put the visitors ahead, 17-14 in the nationally televised Monday night game.

Every year under the ACC’s current division alignment, the winner of the Virginia Tech- Georgia Tech matchup has gone on to win the division. Five times that has been Virginia Tech, and twice it has been Georgia Tech.

A national panel of experts selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Contest. Each week’s winner is considered for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season.

This committee is currently chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy. Lengyel was also a college football coach best known for being the head coach who resurrected the Marshall University football program, as depicted in the 2006 film, “We Are Marshall.”

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, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting to the winning university and $5,000 to its general scholarship fund.

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