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November 2012

World-record Speedskater and WNBA Finals MVP Voted October’s Athletes of the Month

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J.R. Celski, the world’s fastest speedskater ever in the 500-meter race, and Tamika Catchings, the WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player for the Indiana Fever, were chosen as the United States Sports Academy’s October Athletes of the Month. Celski and Catchings are now candidates for the Academy’s male and female 2012 Athlete of the Year Award. For the 28th consecutive year, the Academy will oversee the worldwide online voting that runs this year for three weeks…

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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…

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Armstrong Mea Culpa Rings a Bit Hollow

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Lance Armstrong has long been a polarizing figure in the world of sport. Fans have celebrated his ability to beat cancer in the mid-1990s and then go on to dominate the sport of cycling by winning seven straight Tour de France titles between 1999 and 2005. Critics have long argued that Armstrong won while orchestrating the most sophisticated doping program ever seen in the world of sport. During the past 15 years Armstrong repeatedly lashed…

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Alabama Escapes LSU and Keeps National Title Hopes Alive to Earn Academy’s Game of the Week Honor

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Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron led the No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide to a last minute touchdown drive that kept last year’s national champions on course to defend their title in Miami. With Alabama’s hopes of a second straight national title on the line, McCarron calmly guided his team down the field against Southeastern Conference rival and No. 5 LSU. The winning touchdown with 51 seconds left in the game at LSU’s Death Valley came on…

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Professional Golfer on Third Heart Wins Academy’s 2012 Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award

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PGA TOUR golfer and two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton holds the distinction as being the only professional golfer in the world to compete with a transplanted heart. The 33-year-old has had three different hearts in his life but that hasn’t stopped him from achieving his dream of earning his TOUR card and playing on the PGA TOUR. Compton was diagnosed when he was nine-years-old with viral cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart muscle is…

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International Olympic Committee's Dr. Tomas Sithole Visits Academy to Discuss Olympic Education

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Dr. Tomas Sithole, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Director of International Relations, held discussions at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala., with the university’s senior leaders about Olympic education, youth sports and sports art. Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich sits on the IOC’s Commission for Culture and Olympic Education that is overseen by Dr. Sithole, the Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Development of the IOC. That commission advises the IOC on the…

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Oklahoma Athletic Director Joe Castiglione Receives Academy’s Carl Maddox Sports Management Award

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During his 14-year tenure at the University of Oklahoma, Joe Castiglione has presided over one of the most successful eras in sports at the school earning him the United States Sports Academy’s 2012 Carl Maddox Sports Management Award. Oklahoma’s Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Programs and Director of Athletics since 1998, Castiglione recalled when he started his career in college administration at Rice University he first met Maddox, the former Athletic Director of Louisiana State…

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Arizona Ends Southern Cal’s National Title Hopes to Earn Academy’s Game of the Week Honor

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Arizona overcame a 15-point deficit in the third quarter to stun Southern California, 39-36, and end any national title hopes the Trojans may still have had. Unranked Arizona earned selection as the Week 9 winner of the United States Sports Academy’s 2012 College Football Game of the Year Contest for its upset of No. 9 USC in a game in which the two teams combined for 1,206 yards of offense. Arizona trailed Southern Cal, 28-13,…

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Concussion Safety Advocate Chris Nowinski Receives the Academy’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award

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For his tenacious work to elevate the issue of concussions into the national spotlight and to help make sports more safe to play, Chris Nowinski received the United States Sports Academy with a 2012 Distinguished Service Award. The DSA was presented to Nowinski at the Sport Legacy Institute’s awards dinner Oct. 24 in Boston by United States Board of Trustees member Dr. Don C. Wukasch, who is a former heart surgeon and currently a psychoanalyst in Northhampton, Mass. The award…

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Academy Honors Katie McCleary for Instructional Design Achievements

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The United States Sports Academy recently honored Katie McCleary a Certificate of Merit for her outstanding work in Instructional Design, while the department lacked a director and two designers. McCleary, the Academy’s Interaction Information Designer, maintained the department by herself for nearly two months before it became fully staffed again. Instructional Design is primarily responsible for developing and maintaining the Academy’s sports-related courses in its bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs that are 100% online. Dr….

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