2013 March

Academy Founder Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich Reappointed to IOC Commission

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Dr. Jacques Rogge, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president, reappointed Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich to the IOC’s Culture and Olympic Education Commission for 2013.

He is currently the only American on an IOC Commission, serving on the Culture and Olympic Education Commission since 1999.

The Commission for Culture and Olympic Education advises the IOC on the promotion of culture and Olympic education and supports IOC programs and activities related to the education of youth through sport. Its role is to advise the IOC Executive Board on what policies the IOC and Olympic Movement should adopt in terms of the promotion of culture and Olympic education.

In 1997, Dr. Rosandich received the highest award of the IOC, The Olympic Order, which is “bestowed upon persons who have illustrated the Olympic ideal through his action, has achieved remarkable merit in the sporting world, or has rendered outstanding services to the Olympic cause.”

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (left) with International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge.

E-book Use Continues to Expand in Courses at the Academy

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The age of the electronic book is well underway and use of the e-book at the United States Sports Academy continues to grow.

At this time, there are 38 courses that now use e-books and the reviews on them by students would be mixed to say the least. Just a year ago, we had 18 courses that utilized e-books.

One of the most common complaints heard from our students, as well as those at all university campuses, is about the use of e-books. Primarily, many students do not like the fact that you have to read them on a computer or other device.

For some, they have one computer for their household and to read the e-book or reference it while writing an essay can be difficult. Students complain that they have to go back and forth, while doing their homework.

Many students who have been told an e-book is the only option for a course, instead will go to Amazon or other vendors and try to find a hard copy of the text. This brings forth two dilemmas. First, some e-book content is enhanced above and beyond what is in the hard copy book. Second, the e-book may be the only book available in that edition and older editions do not have the same content.

As the education system goes further into the world of e-business and e-based education, no solution will come without its challenges. Some students will buy a tablet or iPad to read books on, while working on their traditional computer and others will improvise.

At the Academy, we try to find innovative ways to grow with this new and exciting phase in learning.

As the fall of 2013 approaches, a new Learning Management System will be selected for the Academy. The advent of new and better cloud-based platforms will allow for delivery of content over all sorts of devices. This may include smart phones, iPads and tablets, the traditional desktop computer and, perhaps, even television or gaming platforms.

This should bring new and exciting opportunities to develop course content and improve student-teacher interactions. Within the e-book, for example, one can place links to various content on YouTube, the Internet, and all sorts of servers where the items will appear instantly with the touch of an underlined blue link.

Every new innovation requires an adjustment period. All of us at the Academy are experiencing that now. Meanwhile, new courses will continue to be supported only by electrons in cyberspace spinning around in a form we cleverly call the e-book. Publishers do not give us the option to stay with a printed textbook anymore.

Since they are here to stay, we must keep up with the quickly evolving technology and get used to using it, even if we still prefer paper.

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.

Master’s Student
Jared G. Garner (Lake Park, Ga.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching

Doctoral Student
Yu-Jih Liu (Daphne, Ala.) – DSM Sports Management Human Resources Management

Learn more about Academy programs at USSA.edu

People, Places & Programs

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Dr. Jacques Rogge, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president, reappointed Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich to the IOC’s Culture and Olympic Education Commission for 2013.

Dr. T.J. Rosandich, the Academy’s vice president and COO, is preparing to lead a faculty team to Gabon, Africa, to conduct a study of that nation’s sports efforts, which will lead to the development of a Sports Academy to service all of Africa. The team includes the Academy’s Dr. Fred Cromartie, Director of Doctoral Studies, and Betsy Smith, Director of Continuing Education and Special Projects.

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (left) with International Olympic Committee President Dr. Jacques Rogge.

Dr. Robert M. Goldman, an Academy Board of Trustees member, was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame and received the Global Humanitarian Hall of Honors Award.

Dr. William Steffen is presenting a paper at the Capitol District Youth Soccer League in Albany, N.Y., on March 15-16.

Charlie Temple and Tom DeLong, Academy distance learning faculty members, taught “Sports Facilities and Event Management” and “Sports Biomechanics” at the Sports Authority of Thailand diploma program March 4-8.

Dr. Liston Bochette, a Secretary General of the World Olympian Association, Academy Trustee Emeritus, and a former Sport Artist of the Year, visited the Academy recently, while attending a sports medicine and sports science conference in Fairhope, Ala.

Vivian C. Stringer, who the Academy named its Female Coach of the Year award after, surpassed 900 victories in her career as head coach of the Rutgers University women’s basketball team. She became only the fourth coach in women’s basketball history to reach this mark.

Don Hooton, the founder of the Hooton Foundation and who won the Academy’s 2009 Distinguished Service Award for his work in fighting the use of steroids, visited the Academy recently, while attending a sports medicine and sports science conference in Fairhope, Ala.

J.R. Martinez, the Academy’s 2009 Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award winner, wrote a book, “Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit,” which is on the New York Times Best Seller list

Please Send the Academy Your Sport Artist of the Year Nominations

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The United States Sports Academy is seeking nominations for its next Sport Artist of the Year.

Each year, during the Academy’s Awards of Sport the university has “A Tribute to the Artist and the Athlete.” The awards are given to those who have made significant contributions to sport. This year’s Sport Artist of the Year will be honored Nov. 14-15.

"Basketball" painted for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Gambes by Ernie Barnes, the 1984 Sport Artist of the Year.

The Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) was begun in 1984 and honored Ernie Barnes as its first Sport Artist of the Year. Barnes, well known for his unique style of elongation and movement, was also a guard in the NFL for six seasons, actor and author.

Today, ASAMA, which arguably holds the largest collection of sports art in the world, counts 36 Sport Artists, including LeRoy Neiman, Bart Forbes, Stephen Holland, Mina Papatheodorou-Valyraki, Daniel Moore and many others.

The Dr. Zhenliang He Sport Artist of the Year Award is presented to an individual who captures the spirit and life of sport so that future generations can relive the drama of today’s competition. The recipient may use a variety of art media including film, video or sculpture to depict the breadth and scope of both the agony and the ecstasy of sport.

We would be pleased to receive any and all Sport Artist of the Year nominees. Please you’re your nominations by email to asama@ussa.edu.

ASAMA is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of more than 1,700 pieces across all media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints, posters and photography. The museum is open to the public, free of charge, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Sport Artist LeRoy Neiman's 1972 Munich Olympic Series Donated to the Academy's Museum

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A Minnesota art collector recently donated 10 serigraphs of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games by the late sport artist Leroy Neiman to the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA).

Archie Leyasmeyer, a former University of Minnesota professor, made the donation after reading a Wall Street Journal story about other Neiman artworks on public display at ASAMA, which arguably holds the largest collection of sport art in the world.

Here LeRoy Neiman celebrated American swimmer Mark Spitz, who won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

“We are very thankful to Mr. Leyasmeyer for his very generous donation to the United States Sports Academy of the Leroy Neiman serigraphs,” says Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, the Academy’s President and CEO who established the sport university’s art museum in 1984. “Neiman’s name is synonymous with sport art.”

Neiman, the United States Sports Academy’s 2007 Sport Artist of the Year, did a series of 12 paintings about the 1972 Games. Among his many accomplishments, Neiman was the official artist at five Olympiads, including creating on-the-spot images on live television during the 1972 Summer Games in Munich and the 1976 Games in Montreal. Neiman was named official artist of the Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid in 1980 and in Sarajevo in 1984, as well as the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984.

Dr. Rosandich says the Neiman donation is special because the 1972 Summer Olympics were also an impetus for the creation of the Academy, now the largest graduate school of sport education in the world and the only freestanding school of sport education in America that is regionally accredited at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

A need for a national school of sport was made obvious with the United States team’s inferior performance at the 1972 Munich Olympiad, which was attributed to poor administration, lack of medical support, and unscientific coaching and training. The need for a sport institute was further underscored with the publication of the Blyth – Mueller Report in 1974. This landmark study established a solid link between the poor preparation of coaches and the number and severity of sports injuries.

Leyasmeyer says he was happy to donate the paintings to ASAMA, especially after plans for a Neiman art museum in St. Paul, Minn., were derailed. Neiman was a St. Paul, Minn., native.

“What a marvelous museum the Academy has,” he says. “That makes the donation even more meaningful for us.”

American Skiers Todd Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin Voted February Athletes of the Month

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American skiers Todd Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin were chosen as the United States Sports Academy’s February Athletes of the Month in worldwide online voting.

Ligety matched a feat last achieved by the legendary Jean-Claude Killly 45 years ago in 1968. The 28-year-old won three gold medals in the super-G, super combined and his specialty, the giant slalom. His performance at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria, demonstrated his all-round versatility and catapulted him to superstar status.


Meanwhile, Shiffrin, who just turned 18-years-old, continued her dominance in the slalom, capturing the world championship. She finished her run in Schladming, Austria, with a time of 1:39.85 seconds, 0.22 seconds faster than Austrian hometown hero Michaela Kirchgasser in the 2013 World Championships. Shiffrin came from behind to win the gold medal. The victory gave her three wins in seven slalom races on the World Cup tour this season to that point.

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 during the first two weeks of each month to vote for the male and female Athletes of the Month. The votes along with an Academy committee choose the winners who become candidates for the Athlete of the Year. The monthly and yearly winners are announced on the Academy’s website and in the sports university’s online edition of The Sport Update.

Finishing second in the men’s category was Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who earned the Super Bowl’s Most Valuable Player award. In leading Baltimore to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Flacco completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He became the sixth player in NFL history to throw three or more touchdown passes in the first half of a Super Bowl game.


The runner-up to Shiffrin on the women’s ballot was Danica Patrick, who made history at the Daytona 500. She became the first woman to win the pole position; the first woman to lead a lap; and the first woman to finish eighth in the race—the best finish by a woman ever. In addition, Patrick is just the 13th driver to lead laps in America’s two most famous races—the Indianapolis 500 and now the Daytona 500, joining the likes of Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Johnny Rutherford, Bobby Unser, Tony Stewart and Tim Richmond.

Third place winners for February were Miami Heat forward LeBron James, who in February became the first NBA player to shoot over 64% in any calendar month since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it in March 1983; and Ronda Rousey, who successfully defended her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship with her 10 straight first round victory..

Ligety and Shiffrin are now eligible for the Academy’s male and female 2013 Athlete of the Year Award. For the 29th consecutive year, the Academy will oversee the worldwide online voting that will take place in December. This prestigious award is currently done in conjunction with NBC Sports.

In 2012, the male Athlete of the Year was Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who became the first man ever to win both the 100- and 200-meter races in successive Olympics. The female Athlete of the Year was American tennis player Serena Williams, who became the singles champion at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Olympics. Both Olympians dominated 2012’s online ballot in December, which drew tens of thousands of votes a day from across the world.

Academy’s New Online Olympism Course Celebrates the Father of the Olympics During his 150th Birthday

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Want to learn more about the man many historians refer to as one of the least known greatest sports figures in history?

In honor of his 150th birthday, the United States Sports Academy is offering an online course celebrating the life and works of Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the Modern Olympics. The Frenchman lived from 1863 to 1937.

A sculpture of Pierre de Coubertin, the Father of the Modern Olympic Games in 1896 in Athens.

This graduate-level course is being offered this year only for $150 as a continuing education course—“Olympism” (CEB 667). It includes a special rate of $50 on the “Olympism” book about Coubertin by Dr. Norbert Mueller, who heads the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee and is a professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. However, the book is not required for this course.

The Academy’s newest online continuing education course explores Coubertin’s philosophy and values that he instilled into the Olympic Movement and provides historical perspective on the early Games, which began in 1896 with the first Modern Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich worked closely on the course with Dr. Mueller. Both sit on the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Commission for Culture and Olympic Education, which advises the IOC on the promotion of culture and Olympic education and supports the IOC programs and activities related to the education of youth through sport.

“The Olympic Movement started by Coubertin has brought our nations together peacefully like no other movement in our history and it is something worth celebrating around the globe,” Dr. Rosandich says.

Today, the Academy is one of few universities in the United States that offers courses on Olympism. It worked with the IOC to first offer courses on Olympism more than 10 years ago. The course on Coubertin is paired with four other courses focused on the Olympic Movement, as part of an emphasis on Olympism that students can take at the Academy at the master’s and doctoral levels.

Says Coubertin about the Olympics, which helps to illustrate the underlying theme of the Academy’s course: “Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of a good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.”

For more information about the Academy’s online course honoring Coubertin, visit the Academy’s websiteRegister online now at the Academy’s continuing education site or call 800-223-2668, extension 7162 for more information. In addition, read more about Coubertin in a Q&A with Dr. Mueller in The Sport Digest.

American College of Sports Medicine Leader Receives Academy’s Distinguished Service Award

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For his more than 20 years of contributions to sports medicine and exercise science at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), James R. Whitehead received a 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the United States Sports Academy.

Dr. James Whitehead (right), Executive Vice President and CEO of the American College of Sports Medicine, receives a 2013 Distinguished Service Award from Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich.

Whitehead has headed the Indianapolis-based ACSM—one of the most powerful sport organizations in the United States—as its executive vice president since 1990 and helped to advance many health-related issues during that time, such as preventing sport injuries, highlighting health issues facing American cities and promoting corporate health wellness programs.

He received his award at the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala., from the university’s President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich. “I thank the United States Sports Academy very much for this unexpected recognition. It has been a pleasure and honor to contribute in some small fashion to our collective progress in the field,” Whitehead said.

As CEO of ACSM, Whitehead has created and led many organizations, coalitions, collaborations, and other initiatives that drive strategy and impact.  For instance, he is a co-founder and has served as adjunct Executive Director and President of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity; co-founder and co-lead of the Inclusive Fitness Coalition; Chairman of the Board of the Datalys Center on Sports Injury Research and Prevention; a Board member of the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan; and President of the Female Athlete Triad Coalition. In addition, he has served as a speaker, panelist, and consultant for more than 125 organizations, including the U.S. Olympic Committee, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, and the American Public Health Association.

His work has been honored by many professional associations, including the International Academy of Sports Vision, the Association for Applied Sports Psychology, the Council for Better Hearing and Speech and ACSM.

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