2012 November

Olympic Primetime TV Host Bob Costas Receives the Academy’s 2012 Ronald Reagan Media Award

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The United States Sports Academy’s 2012 Ronald Reagan Media Award winner is Bob Costas, who has been the primetime television host of a record nine Olympic games.

Costas, who joined NBC Sports in 1980 and has the longest tenure of any of the network’s sports announcers, presided over the most watched TV event ever in the United States with more than 219.4 million American viewers tuning in during the 17-day event. The NBC primetime broadcast of the Olympics averaged 31.1 million viewers.

Costas received his media award Nov. 28 at his NBC Sports office in New York City from Peter Tichansky, who is an Academy Board of Trustees member and president of the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU).

NBC Sports broadcaster Bob Costas (right) receives the Academy's 2012 Ronald Reagan Media Award from Peter Tichansky, a Board of Trustees member.at his NBC office in New York City from Academy Board of Trustees member Peter Tichansky, who is president of the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU).

The Academy’s Ronald Reagan Media Award, named in honor of the 40th President of the United States, is presented annually to an individual for outstanding contributions to sport through broadcasting, print, photography or acting. The individual, like this year’s award winner, should exhibit imagination, excitement and genius in kindling a keen public interest and appreciation for the role of sport in modern society.

During his nearly 40-year career, Costas has handled a wide array of assignments, including play-by-play, studio hosting and reporting. He now hosts NBC’s “Football Night in America” studio show and provides some commentary during NBC’s Sunday night game—the highest rated series on American prime-time television with as many as 20 million viewers a week.

He also serves as co-host of NBC’s coverage of the U.S. Open, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Costas hosts a regular interview show titled MLB Network Studio 42 with Bob Costas as well as special programming, and provides play-by-play for select live Thursday Night Baseball games.

Costas, who won the Academy’s Regan Media Award in 1991, has won a record eight National Sportcaster of the Year awards from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, and was inducted into that organization’s Hall of Fame in 2012. In addition, Costas has won 23 Emmy awards—more than any sports broadcaster.

London Olympic Organizer Sebastian Coe Accepts Academy’s 2012 Eagle Award

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Sebastian Coe, the face of this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games as the chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, accepted the United States Sports Academy’s 2012 Eagle Award.

Coe was presented the Eagle Award by Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich at the International Olympic Committee’s 8th World Conference on Sport, Culture and Education on Nov. 25 in Amsterdam.

Sebastian Coe (right), chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, accepted the United States Sports Academy’s 2012 Eagle Award from the sports university's President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich at International Olympic Committee meetings Nov. 25 in Amsterdam.

Coe has a longtime commitment to the Olympic Movement and oversaw what is widely heralded as one of the best staged Olympic Games in recent history, leading him to receive the award. It is the Academy’s highest international honor and annually goes to a world leader in sport to recognize that individual’s contributions in promoting international harmony, peace, and goodwill through the effective use of sport.

Coe has said that London 2012 is not only about five weeks of summer sport but about encouraging more people to take up sport at all levels of competition.

He competed as a middle distance runner for Great Britain and is considered among the nation’s top Olympians. Coe won four Olympic medals, including the 1,500 meters gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984, and set eight outdoor and three indoor world records in middle distance track events and also participated in a world record relay. In 2012, he was of one of 24 athletes inducted as inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations Hall of Fame

Following his retirement from athletics, Coe served as a Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party for five years from 1992–1997, and became a life peer in 2000. He was the head of the London bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, and, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded the games to London, became the chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games.

In addition in 2007, he was also elected a vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations and last year was re-elected for another four year term.

Worldwide Online Voting Begins for the Academy’s Male and Female Athlete of the Year

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For the 28th consecutive year, the United States Sports Academy will name an Athlete of the Year in conjunction with NBC Sports.

Sports fans from across the world will decide who the most outstanding male and female athletes were in 2012 through online voting on the Academy’s website at www.ussa.edu. The ballot of 12 males and 12 females goes live at midnight Saturday, Dec. 1 and closes at midnight Friday, Dec. 21.

No. 1 ranked men's tennis player Novak Djokovic of Serbia was the Academy's male Athlete of the Year in 2011.

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.

This year’s ballot includes a mixture of athletes from 11 different countries representing a wide variety of popular sports. Their performances stood out and provided some of the best highlights and stories in sports during the past year.

In alphabetical order, the 12 men competing for the Academy’s prestigious Athlete of the Year honor are: 1) Drew Brees, Football, United States; 2) Usain Bolt, Track and Field, Jamaica 3) Miguel Cabrera, Baseball, Venezuela; 4) J.R. Celski, Speedskating, United States; 5) Novak Djokovic, Tennis, Serbia; 6) Ashton Eaton, Track and Field, United States; 7) LeBron James, Basketball, United States;  8) Rory McIlroy, Golf, Ireland; 9) Lionel Messi, Soccer, Argentina; 10) Andy Murray, Tennis, Scotland; 11) Michael Phelps, Swimming, United States; and 12) Bradley Wiggins, Cycling, Great Britain.

Yani Tseng, the world's No. 1 ranked women's golfer, was the Academy's female Athlete of the Year in 2011.

In alphabetical order, the 12 women competing for the Academy’s prestigious Athlete of the Year honor are: 1) Victoria Azarenka, Tennis, Belarus; 2) Tamika Catchings, Basketball, United States; 3) Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics, United States; 4) Jessica Ennis, Track and Field, Great Britain; 5) Allyson Felix, Track and Field, United States; 6) Missy Franklin, Swimming, United States; 7) Carmelita Jeter, Track and Field, United States;  8) Carolina Kostner, Figure Skating, Italy; 9) Jessica Korda, Golf, United States; 10) Yani Tseng, Golf, Taiwan; 11) Lindsey Vonn, Skiing, United States; and 12) Serena Williams, Tennis, United States.

The Athlete of the Year ballot is the culmination of the Academy’s yearlong Athlete of the Month program, which recognizes the accomplishments of men and women in sports around the globe. Each month, the worldwide online votes along with the Academy’s selection committee choose the male and female winners.

The Academy, in conjunction with NBC Sports, will announce the 2012 Male and Female Athletes of the Year on Christmas Day on Tuesday, Dec. 25.

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

Kylan J. Easterling (St.Augustine, Fla.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching
Joshua M. Eyer (Valdosta, Ga.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching
Devven O. Presley (Kahului, Hawaii) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching

Master’s Students

Kristopher William Basgall (Columbus, Ga.) – M.S.S. Sports Medicine
Lewis Benton (Waldorf, Md.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching
Benjamin Lewis Berland (Prince George, British Columbia) – M.S.S. Sports Management
Monique Violet Carroll (Cypress, Texas) – M.S.S. Sports Management
Curtis S. Chong (St. George, Utah) – M.S.S. Sports Management
Anne Therese Faria-Poynter (Alameda, Calif.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching
Rebekah Thomas Garbett (Elgin, S.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
Daniel Jakobs (Mission, British Columbia) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching
Teresa A. Jones (Columbia, S.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
Dacia L. Moore (Redlands, Calif.) – M.S.S. Sports Management/Sports Fitness and Health Dual
Mr Ryan M Perkins (Edgewood, Texas) – M.S.S. Sports Management
Chad Edward Pio (Chinle, Ariz.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching/Sports Studies Dual with NCAA Compliance Emphasis
Joseph H. Sherard (Belton, S.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
Jeffrey John Turner (Dallas, Ore.) – M.S.S. Sports Management/Sports Studies Dual with NCAA Compliance Emphasis
Blaine Michael Welch (Schofield, Wis.) – M.S.S. Sports Management with NCAA Compliance Emphasis
Brad Alan Wierenga (Summerville, S.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

AAICU Presents Scholarships to Three of the Academy’s Alabama Undergraduate Students

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Three Alabama undergraduate students at the United States Sports Academy recently received scholarships from the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAICU).

Glenn Ashley Stephenson was named a Vulcan scholar, and Jamison Charles and Alexander Dillard were named AAICU scholars.

AAICU has distributed $87,000 in AAICU Scholarships to students at each of its member colleges and universities in the state of Alabama. The AAICU Scholarship Fund passes 100 percent of the contributions to the students in the form of scholarship aid. This year, the Academy received $3,100 in scholarship funds from AAICU designated for undergraduate Alabama residents with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Each scholarship distribution from AAICU included one named scholarship from Vulcan Materials. Vulcan Materials has partnered with AAICU to offer scholarship assistance since 1969 and established a named scholarship for each member college in 2007. The Academy proudly recognizes Stephenson as this year’s AAICU Vulcan Scholar.

“Being named and honored as a Vulcan Scholar at the Academy has an inherent economic benefit, but it also contains a psychological benefit as well,” Stephenson said. “Without a doubt, it has already given me a confidence boost toward the completion of my academic work, even under difficult and trying circumstances. I fully expect that this benefit will carry over and transfer to the pursuit of my career goals.”

Stephenson is currently pursuing a bachelor’s in sports management. At the end of this calendar year, he will have completed 33 hours toward the 60-hour program. In the future, Stephenson hopes to obtain a master’s degree in sports management from the Academy.

Before enrolling at the Academy, Stephenson had only completed part of his undergraduate coursework in mass communications at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He worked for more than seven years in sport broadcasting at Samford University.

“I began to look for a way to enhance my academic credentials in light of my growing interest and desire for a significant sport career,” Stephenson said. “The sports management program at the Academy seemed like a perfect fit to compliment my previous work and further provide me with an array of opportunities for the application of my evolving skills, abilities and talent.”

Stephenson’s future goals include employment with a university athletic department or professional sports organization working in the areas of sports information, media and public relations or football operations.

The Academy recognizes Charles and Dillard as scholarship recipients from the AAICU Scholarship Distribution.

“As a person that works full time and is married with three children, this scholarship will ease the financial burden of going back to school and further propel me to achieve excellence in my studies,” said Charles, who is currently in his junior year at the Academy pursuing a bachelor’s in sports coaching. “I feel that educating myself at a university that pursues excellence in the sporting world will give me a chance to get my foot in the door as a coach and begin a new career in the public education sport arena.”

Academy Sends Another Team of Faculty to Retrain Malaysian P.E. Teachers

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A team of 14 instructors are spending two weeks teaching in the United States Sports Academy’s new pilot program, which is retraining 1,000 of Malaysia’s physical education teachers.

Academy instructor Barbara Wise (front row, center) with some of her Malaysian students who made matching red shirts to wear in class.

The Academy’s group of experienced physical education teachers is taking part in a “surge” from Dec. 1 to Dec. 9 and will teach fitness and facilities management courses that will wrap up the six-month program. The Academy sent a group of 13 educators on a three-week “surge” starting July 25 to help jump start the new pilot program. The Academy has had seven full-time sports university faculty members who have been teaching courses in Malaysia since June 20.

The Malaysia Ministry of Education (MOE) approved the pilot program, which ends in mid-December. The courses are taught in six different locations throughout the country, which is considered one of the most beautiful in Southeast Asia.

Leading the program in Malaysia is Dr. Dale Reeves, who has taught and coached basketball, football and softball at the high school level for about 35 years and who received his doctorate in Sports Management in 2002 from the Academy.

Barbara Wise, who also participated in the first surge in July, says she is looking forward to returning to instruct the Malaysian teachers. Wise earned her master’s in Sports Medicine from the Academy in 2006 and is now working on her doctorate.

“They really wanted the information we are presenting and excited to learn it,” Wise said. “It’s a very unique experience and reminded me why I love to teach.”

It is anticipated that the International Diploma in Physical Education and Scholastic Sports (IDPESS) program may expand into a five-year effort and include the retraining of 50,000 Malaysian teachers. 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 has also delivered its International Certificate in Sports Management (ICSM) and International Certificate in Sports Coaching (ICSC) programs through the National Sports Institute (ISN) in Malaysia.

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 is confident Malaysia’s newly trained teachers will 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 said. “Having coached there years ago, I know Malaysia has great talent and it has been fun to work with its educators and young people.”

If you are interested in teaching opportunities overseas in Malaysia or elsewhere with the Academy, please forward a letter of interest, résumé, and three professional references to jobs@ussa.edu; or to United States Sports Academy, Attention: Dean of Administration and Finance, One Academy Drive, Daphne, AL 36526; or fax it to  251-621-2527.

Stanford Derails Oregon’s BCS Title Hopes to Earn Academy’s Game of the Week Honor

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The Stanford defense solved the Oregon’s top-rated offense that had scored at least 42 points in its 13-game winning streak and had averaged more than 300 yards rushing a game.

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 2011 Game of the Year can be purchased online at newlifeart.com.

Stanford eliminated the big play from the Ducks high-powered offense, holding it to 14 points and 198 yards on the ground. The stifling Stanford defense propelled its team to a 17-14 victory in overtime and knocked No. 1 Oregon from the national title race. The upset on the road also earned Stanford selection as the Week 12 winner of the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Contest.

Oregon’s Alejandro Maldonado missed a 41-yard field goal for the Ducks to open overtime before Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson, booted a 37-yard game-winning field goal. Oregon’s 14 points were its fewest points in a game since Sept. 3, 2009 when they lost to Boise State, 19-8

Outside of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota’s 77-yard scramble in the first half, the Stanford defense held the Ducks to four rushes that gained 10 or more yards and prevented Oregon from passing the line of scrimmage on 10 of its 40 rushes.

No. 14 Stanford’s (9-2 overall, 7-1 conference) fifth straight victory puts it in position to play in the Pac-12 championship for a chance to go to the Rose Bowl. Oregon (10-1, 7-1) had won the Pac-12 the past two seasons.

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.

Texas A&M Topples No. 1 Alabama to Earn Academy's Game of the Week Honor

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Thanks to its redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, the nearly 14-point underdog Texas A&M Aggies and Southeastern Conference newbies toppled No. 1 Alabama, 29-24.

Showing cool under fire against Alabama’s top-rated defense, Manziel staked the No. 15 Aggies to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter and the Aggies escaped a last-ditch, fourth-and-goal effort by the Crimson Tide to pull out the victory. The win also earned Texas A&M selection as the Week 11 winner of the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Contest.

Manziel led his team with his arm and his feet, completing 24-of-31 passing for 253 yards and two touchdowns and most importantly, zero interceptions. He also led the team in rushing with 18 carries for 92 yards.

Ironically, the Aggies (8-2, 5-2), playing in the SEC for the first season after ditching the Big 12, also might have ended the league’s run of BCS titles at six years. The defending national champion Crimson Tide (9-1, 6-1), who have been No. 1 almost all season, had won 13 straight.

They almost pulled off a second straight scintillating comeback, having scored a winning touchdown with 51 seconds left the week before against LSU. Trailing, 29-24, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron drove the ball quickly downfield with a 54-yard pass to Kenny Bell down to the Texas A&M 6-yard line.

Two scrambles and an Eddie Lacy run left one final shot on fourth down from the 2. However, McCarron threw his second interception of the game when the Aggies’ Deshazor Everett stepped in front of his fourth-down pass at the goal line with 1:36 left in the game.

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.

Martin Linson and Primo Angeli Named Academy’s 2013 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 accepted their awards at the Academy’s annual Awards of Sport event, “A Tribute to the Artist and the Athlete,” on Nov. 1 at the university’s Daphne, Ala., campus.

The Academy's 2013 Sport Artists of the Year Martin Linson (center), sculptor, and Primo Angeli (right), graphic works, stand with Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich in front of their artwork.

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.

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.

People Places and Programs

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Academy Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. T.J. Rosandich is leaving Nov. 19 for a trip to China, the Middle East and Malaysia to oversee and to conduct meetings on the Academy’s international programs.

Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (left) presents a Certificate of Merit to Katie McCleary (center) in recognition of her dedication and contributions to the Department of Instructional Design as Dr. Stephen Butler, Director of Curriculum and Design, looks on.

Dr. William Steffen, the Academy’s new chair of Sports Coaching, presented at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Director of Coaching courses Oct. 12-14 at the University of Delaware. He addressed Developing a Mental Skills Program, Creating a Club Culture and Practice: Ideas and Applications to nearly 40 coaches, who came from as far away as Russia and who all oversee coaching staffs for soccer clubs.

Dr. Marion “Will” Evans, the Academy’s Dean of Academic Affairs, attended the American Public Health Association’s 140th annual meeting Oct. 28-31 in San Francisco. He presented a paper on screening use in health education and clinical practice.

Dr. Wirt Edwards, the Academy’s chair of Sports Exercise Science, was published recently in the Medicina Sportiva for research he helped conduct on the effects of chromium supplementation on body composition in intercollegiate female swimmers during a competitive season. The results suggest that chromium picolinate may increase fat-free mass and decrease percent body fat versus training alone.

Dr. Stephen Butler, the Director of Curriculum and Design, serves on the Board of Directors of the Big Sur International Marathon, which is holding its half marathon event Sunday, Nov. 18 in Monterrey, Calif. Butler has run 24 marathons, including the Boston Marathon twice.

Katie McCleary, the Academy’s Interaction Information Designer, was honored with the university’s Certificate of Merit for her outstanding work in Instructional Design, while the department lacked a director and two designers.

MAJOR PROGRAM EVENTS

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

Academy Hosts its 28th Annual Awards of Sport Celebration

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The United States Sports Academy recently hosted its 28th annual Academy’s Awards of Sport celebration, which annually pays tribute to those who have made significant contributions to sport.

Pictured above are the Academy's Board of Trustees. In the front row (left to right) are: Dr. Nick Niccolai, Mobile, Ala.; Dr. Don Wukasch, Westhampton, Mass.; Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, Daphne, Ala.; Robert Campbell III, Mobile; Dr. Robert Block, Reno, Nev.; and Jack Scharr, St. Louis. In the back row are: Dr. Gary Cunningham, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Dr. T.J. Rosandich, Fairhope, Ala.; Dr. Milly Cowles, Fairhope, Ala.; William Clark, Mobile, Ala.; Tom Cafaro, Dudley, Mass.; and financial adviser Randy Smith. Not pictured are: Jack Kelly, Lexington, Ky.; Dr. Lee McElroy, Albany, N.Y.; Dr. Linda Moore, Unionville, Conn.; and Peter Tichansky, New York.

 

This prestigious Awards of Sport event, which marked the university’s 40th anniversary of excellence in sport education,  was held Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Academy’s Daphne, Ala., campus. The 2012 program, whose theme was “The Artist & The Athlete,” recognized many of the world’s top athletes, coaches and administrators from the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Also in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the landmark Title IX legislation that ushered in a new era of gender equity in college athletics, the Awards of Sport honored several women pioneers in the sport world. (Click here to see a complete list of the Academy’s 2012 Awards of Sport honorees.)

This year’s show featured the Academy’s 2013 Sport Artists of the Year: Primo Angeli and Martin Linson. Primo 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. Martin Linson is the IOC’s 2012 London Olympics Sport and Art Contest winner in the sculpture category with his bronze, “Omnipotent Triumph,” that pays tribute to the Paralympic athlete. He is the second American sculptor in the past three Olympiads to win the international art competition.

Those honored at the Academy's Awards of Sport were (left to right): Dr. Mark Janas, 2013 Alumnus of the Year; Dr. Robert Goldman, 2012 Dwight D. Eisenhower Fitness Award; Primo Angeli, graphic works, 2013 Sport Artist of the Year; Robert Campbell III, Board of Trustees chairman; Martin Linson, sculptor, 2013 Sport Artist of the Year; and Joe Castiglione, 2012 Carl Maddox Sports Management Award.

The Academy presents awards each year to honor exemplary achievement in coaching, all-around athletic performance, courage, humanitarian activity, fitness and media, sports art, as well as the top professional athletes of the year. The Academy recognizes these men and women through its Sport Artist of the Year, Honorary Doctorates, Distinguished Service Awards, Medallion Series, Athletes of the Year, and Alumni of the Year awards.

Joe Castiglione (right), who heads the University of Oklahoma's athletics and won the Academy's 2012 Carl Maddox Sports Management Award, is interviewed before the awards program.

Honorees may be nominated by any of the Academy’s worldwide constituents. This assemblage includes administration, alumni, faculty, national faculty, staff, students and members of various organizations and boards that work closely with the Academy on this special project. Following the nomination process, honorees are selected by the Awards of Sport Committee, a special group within the Academy that is comprised of the Academy President’s Cabinet and other staff members with a vested interest and an extensive knowledge of sports and the arts.

Every honoree chosen by the Awards of Sport Committee is presented to the Academy’s Board of Trustees. All honoree selections are subject to a vote and must be formally approved and ratified by this group. Award recipients are traditionally presented with the Academy’s Order of the Eagle Exemplar Medal and Academy Rosette. For more background on the Academy’s Awards of Sport and a list of past winners, click here.

 

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