2013 July

CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman Receives Academy’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Fitness Award at Opening of CrossFit Games

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Greg Glassman, founder and CEO of the fitness company CrossFit, Inc., has earned the United States Sports Academy’s 2013 Dwight D. Eisenhower Fitness Award. Glassman was selected to receive this award for his hard work and determination as an athletic trainer who created an open-source program that has spawned over 7,000 affiliated gyms across the world.

Dr. Robert Block, the Academy's first Board of Trustees chairman, presents the Dwight D. Eisenhower Fitness Award to CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman at the opening of the CrossFit Games in Carson, Calif.

Glassman opened the first CrossFit gym in Santa Cruz, Calif., in 2001 after outgrowing the 750-square-foot space where he was training athletes. At the same time, he launched CrossFit.com and began publishing free daily workouts. One year later, he launched a monthly blog and began holding seminars at his California gym. People from around the world came to learn Glassman’s techniques, and today, the program has millions of participants worldwide. CrossFit programming is used by many fire departments, law enforcement agencies, and military organizations, as well as high school, college and professional sports teams, such as the Miami Marlins.

Glassman, a 55-year-old former gymnast who walks with a slight limp because of a knee injury, says CrossFit is about something more than money. Commonly referred to as “Coach” by his followers, he says he doesn’t understand business, but he does understand excellence.

“I believe that business is the art and science of providing uniquely attractive opportunities for other people,” he says. “That’s what we’ve done. That’s it. Nothing else.”

Dr. Robert Block, the first chairman of the Academy’s Board of Trustees, presented the award Friday, July 26, 2013 to Glassman on the opening day of the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games Open in Carson, Calif.

The Eisenhower Fitness Award is presented annually to a person who has shown outstanding individual or cumulative achievement in fitness and has contributed to the growth and development of sport fitness through outstanding leadership activity.

President Eisenhower founded the President’s Youth Council on Sport and Fitness. This national committee served as the catalyst to the nation’s fitness movement. His work is evidenced today by the number of “physical fitness tests” being administered to the American youth. Past recipients include three presidents, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and fitness icon Jack LaLanne among others.

CrossFit workouts are typically short—20 minutes or less—and intense, demanding all-out physical exertion. They combine movements such as sprinting, rowing, jumping and climbing rope, flipping tires, weightlifting, carrying heavy objects and many bodyweight exercises.

Glassman believes that the results of the CrossFit program come from the high-intensity it elicits, a stimulus achieved by mixing elements of gymnastics, track and field skills and weightlifting into timed efforts. He acknowledges that the same “potent systemic stimulus” that this combination provides is also the source of some risk. To moderate this risk, CrossFit L1 Trainers are taught to introduce clients to proper movement mechanics and develop consistency in those mechanics before adding significant intensity to their training.

CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program designed to optimize fitness, which Glassman has defined as increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains. This includes physical competence in each of 10 recognized fitness domains: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. Athletes are trained to perform successfully at multiple, diverse and randomized physical challenges, similar to the fitness demanded of military and police personnel, firefighters, and many sports requiring total or complete physical prowess.

The CrossFit Games were established in 2007 and have been held every summer since. Participation and sponsorship have grown rapidly from a couple hundred athletes to nearly 140,000 participating at the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games Open. Athletes at the Games compete in workouts that they learn about only hours beforehand to become crowned the “Fittest on Earth.” In 2011, Reebok signed a 10-year title sponsorship of the CrossFit Games, and ESPN will telecast the final hour of the 2013 Games live on ESPN2 on July 28 and stream every event of the multi-day competition live on ESPN3.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, nonprofit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and the 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.

 

Academy Trustee Jack Kelly Remembered As Brilliant Sports Leader

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Jack Kelly, a United States Sports Academy Board of Trustees member and longtime leader with the Olympics and other sport organizations, died recently after a long battle with bladder cancer.

Jack Kelly

Kelly, who was 68, is best known for his organization of major sporting events, such as the World Equestrian Games, Goodwill Games and Olympic Festival.

“I considered Jack Kelly one of the brightest people in sport,” said Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, United States Sports Academy president and CEO. “There was nothing he didn’t know or couldn’t do. He was very creative and inventive.”

Dr. Rosandich pointed out that Kelly developed tiny radios that allowed fans who attended major sporting events to listen to the broadcast of the action as they watched it.

Most recently, Kelly was the CEO for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games held in Lexington, Ky., and responsible for all aspects of the $75 million budget. He is credited for laying the groundwork for the Games, which became a successful and historic event in Lexington.

Kelly served as both the president of the Goodwill Games Inc. and the director of all Turner Broadcasting’s international sports efforts. He oversaw the $200 million-plus enterprise for six years from 1990-96 for billionaire entrepreneur Ted Turner.

In addition, Kelly organized the 1986 U.S. Olympic Festival in Houston and ran the 1990 U.S. Olympic Festival in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

During his career, Kelly also was CEO of the Space City (Houston) Sports Commission and the Bowling Proprietors Association of America. He served on the USA Baseball Executive Committee, United States Olympic Committee, the Greater Houston Sports Federation, the Houston International Festival, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival and the Bluebonnet Bowl.

In addition, he had a successful corporate executive career for 16 years in which he served as an officer of two top 50 Houston-based U.S. corporations—Tenneco Inc. and the American General Corporation.

Over the years, Kelly also developed what many say was one of the largest individual collections of Olympic and sports memorabilia.

Kelly is survived by his wife, Kathy, and children, Michael Kelly and Kerry Lynn Schatz.

New York Times Article Features Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives

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The New York Times recently prominently featured the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) in an article, “Beauty on Field and on Exhibit,” about museums across the country that display sports art.

The online and print versions lead off with information about ASAMA, describe its collection and showcase images of artwork done by four of the museum’s Sports Artists of the Year.

Among artwork images by American Sport Artists of the Year that were featured in the New York Times was this one, "Omnipotent Triumph," by Martin Linson that pays tribute to Paralympic athletes.

They include the painting, “Shutout,” of the 2012 national college football championship game between Alabama and LSU by Daniel Moore, the 2005 Sport Artist of the Year;  the sculpture, “Omnipotent Triumph,” by Martin Linson, the 2013 Sport Artist of the Year whose bronze won a gold medal at the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Sport and Art Contest at the 2012 London Olympic Games; the mural, “A Tribute to the Human Spirit,” by Spanish artist Cristóbal Gabarrón, the 1992 Sport Artist of the Year, that celebrates Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier; and the sculpture made of scrap metal, “Borzov the Sprinter,” by Bruce Larsen, the 2009 Sport Artist of the Year.

The New York Times quotes Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, who founded the United States Sports Academy in 1972 and its sport art museum in 1984. The Times writes, “For Rosandich, art is not just decoration, and sports-themed art is not merely memorabilia for fans. It is his mission to connect the two areas of human achievement.”

Rosandich tells the Times that sports and arts have long been intertwined, “The ancient Olympics honored both art and sport and ancient Greek art more often than not portrayed athletes. We are just carrying on that tradition.”

The article written by Daniel Grant, which appeared at the top of page 10 of the printed sports section on Sunday, July 14, and on the web on Saturday, July 13, goes on to mention other notable sports art collections.

The New York Times is America’s most popular news site, receiving more than 30 million unique visitors per month, and the print version remains the largest local metropolitan newspaper in the United States and third-largest newspaper overall, behind The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Added Rosandich about the NYT article: “We have received feedback from all over the country and a number of new art projects are popping up as a result. This is wonderful coverage on ASAMA.”

To view the online version of the story, you can read it here. You can also view the print version here. ASAMA was featured in the Wall Street Journal in July 2012.

ASAMA arguably holds the largest collection of sports art in the world. It is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. free to the public. Tours are also given for groups and should be scheduled seven days in advance by calling 251-626-3303.

CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman Earns Academy’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Fitness Award

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Greg Glassman, founder and CEO of the fitness company CrossFit, Inc., has earned the United States Sports Academy’s 2013 Dwight D. Eisenhower Fitness Award. Glassman was selected to receive this award for his hard work and determination as an athletic trainer who created an open-source program that has spawned over 7,000 affiliated gyms across the world.

CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman is selected as the Academy's 2013 Dwight D. Eisenhower Fitness Award.

Glassman opened the first CrossFit gym in Santa Cruz, Calif., in 2001 after outgrowing the 750-square-foot space where he was training athletes. At the same time, he launched CrossFit.com and began publishing free daily workouts. One year later, he launched a monthly blog and began holding seminars at his California gym. People from around the world came to learn Glassman’s techniques, and today, the program has millions of participants worldwide. CrossFit programming is used by many fire departments, law enforcement agencies, and military organizations, as well as high school, college and professional sports teams, such as the Miami Marlins.

Glassman, a 55-year-old former gymnast who walks with a slight limp because of a knee injury, says CrossFit is about something more than money. Commonly referred to as “Coach” by his followers, he says he doesn’t understand business, but he does understand excellence.

“I believe that business is the art and science of providing uniquely attractive opportunities for other people,” he says. “That’s what we’ve done. That’s it. Nothing else.”

CrossFit workouts are typically short—20 minutes or less—and intense, demanding all-out physical exertion. They combine movements such as sprinting, rowing, jumping and climbing rope, flipping tires, weightlifting, carrying heavy objects and many bodyweight exercises.

Glassman believes that the results of the CrossFit program come from the high-intensity it elicits, a stimulus achieved by mixing elements of gymnastics, track and field skills and weightlifting into timed efforts. He acknowledges that the same “potent systemic stimulus” that this combination provides is also the source of some risk. To moderate this risk, CrossFit L1 Trainers are taught to introduce clients to proper movement mechanics and develop consistency in those mechanics before adding significant intensity to their training.

CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program designed to optimize fitness, which Glassman has defined as increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains. This includes physical competence in each of 10 recognized fitness domains: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. Athletes are trained to perform successfully at multiple, diverse and randomized physical challenges, similar to the fitness demanded of military and police personnel, firefighters, and many sports requiring total or complete physical prowess.

The CrossFit Games were established in 2007 and have been held every summer since. Participation and sponsorship have grown rapidly from a couple hundred athletes to nearly 140,000 participating at the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games Open. Athletes at the Games compete in workouts that they learn about only hours beforehand to become crowned the “Fittest on Earth.” In 2011, Reebok signed a 10-year title sponsorship of the CrossFit Games, and ESPN will telecast the final hour of the 2013 Games live on ESPN2 on July 28 and stream every event of the multi-day competition live on ESPN3.

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
James D Foster (Loxley, Ala.) – B.S.S. Sports Studies
Sgt. Jonathan Cooper Redfern (Mascoutah, Ill.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching
Thomas J. Riley (Dover, Del.) – B.S.S. Sports Studies
George R. Rone (Gainesville, Fla.) – B.S.S Sports Management

Master’s Students
Bethany Lynn Blackmon (Ripon, Calif.) – M.S.S. Sports Fitness and Health
Rosemary Calcese (Clarksville, Tenn.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies Sports Psychology Emphasis
Martin R. Clayes (Westlake, Ohio) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching
Brandon C. Lokken (Flushing, Mich.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching
Sinapati S. Moe (Oneill, Neb.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching
Drew T. Richards (Lawton, Okla.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

Learn more about Academy programs at USSA.edu!

People, Places & Programs

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Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich attended the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Culture and Olympic Education Commission meetings from June 29-July 1 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Academy and Alabama Southern signed an agreement June 21 to partner to offer a bachelor's in Sports Management - one of the Academy's fastest growing programs. Pictured (left to right) are Dr. Arthur Ogden, chair of Sports Management at the Academy, Alabama Southern President Dr. Reginald Sykes, and Alabama Southern Dean of Instruction Ann Clanton.

Dr. Arthur Ogden, chair of Sports Management at the Academy, signed a 2+2 articulation agreement with Alabama Southern Community College officials that offers students a way to seamlessly earn their bachelor’s in Sports Management from the Academy.

Dr. Conrad Woolsey, chair of Sports Studies at the Academy, is slated to be a featured speaker at the Gregg Williams Foundation fundraiser in Kansas City to support local high school athletic programs. Williams was a longtime National Football League (NFL) assistant coach and defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints.

Mike Spino, an Academy Distance Learning Faculty member, visited the university’s campus along with Ambassador Tunde Adetunji, who made a presentation about his efforts to help promote economic development in Africa through sports and culture.

Dr. Pete Mathiesen, an Academy national faculty member, will travel to Thailand from July 26-Aug.  3 to teach a course in Sports Psychology, in cooperation with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) for the Academy’s International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program.

Dr. Reggie Overton, an Academy national faculty member, will travel to Thailand from July 26-Aug. 3 to teach a course in Public Relations in Sports, in cooperation with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) for the Academy’s International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) program.

Nancy Raia, the United States Sports Academy Art Committee chairwoman and Community Arts and Outreach Director at the Eastern Shore Art Center, received a 2013 Gulf Guardian Award in the Partnership Category for their Squeaky Sneakers Program, which helped students explore Weeks Bay Reserve and learn about the environment through the experience and innovative forms of artistic expression.

Greek artist Mina Papatheodorou-Valyraki, the United States Sports Academy’s 2002 Sport Artist of the Year, was recently awarded “Guirlande d’Honneur,” the highest honor of the Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs (FICTS). She received the honor for her contributions to sports art from FICTS President Dr. Franco Ascani.

Major Program Events

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Summit for Leaders in Advancement – July 14-16 at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero in San Francisco, Calif.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) 2013 Institute on Quality Enhancement and Accreditation – July 21-24 at the Hilton Daytona Beach Hotel in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Western Association of Veterans Education Specialists (WAVES) Annual Conference – July 28-31 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, La.

Call for Authors: “Olympic Studies Reader 2013,” Volume 2, An International and Multidisciplinary Research Guide – Special homage to Pierre de Coubertin’s 150th BirthdayDeadline for paper submissions is July 30.

Olympic Legacies: International Conference – The event, themed “Impacts of Mega-Events on Cities,” will be held Sept. 4-6 at the University of East London.

The Shaolin Temple Cultural Festival – Sept. 8-15 in Los Angeles, Calif.

 

Chairwoman of the Academy's Art Committee Helps Direct Award-Winning Environmental Arts Program

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Nancy Raia (left), the Eastern Shore Art Center’s community outreach director and chairwoman of the Academy’s art committee, helped lead the award-winning Squeaky Sneakers environmental arts program with Angela Underwood (right), Weeks Bay NERR biologist and education specialist.

Nancy Raia, chairwoman of the United States Sports Academy’s art committee  and community outreach director at Eastern Shore Art Center in Alabama, helped lead the Squeaky Sneakers environmental arts program that recently received a Gulf Guardian award.

Raia and Angela Underwood, Weeks Bay NERR biologist and education specialist, worked together to promote the conservation of estuaries and other coastal resources through immersion in experiential environmental education and innovative forms of artistic expression.

“Angela and I taught alongside each other in the estuaries, on the boat, in the field, behind the seine nets and eventually in the classroom where we created art to remember what the children had just experienced,” said Raia of the program in Alabama. “Being in the surroundings and then reacting to nature at its finest, is the only way to teach about dolphins, eagles, baby shrimp and crabs, and why we call estuaries the preschool to the ocean.”

The Gulf of Mexico Program awarded Weeks Bay NERR and Eastern Shore Art Center a Third Place 2013 Gulf Guardian Award in the Partnership Category for their Squeaky Sneakers Program. Raia attended the awards ceremony held June 26 in Tampa Bay, Fla.

Since 2008, Squeaky Sneakers has delivered experiential environmental education and art to more than 500 participants ranging in age from preschool to senior citizens with a variety of abilities and backgrounds. 

Raia (left) worked with Underwood (right) to promote the conservation of estuaries and other coastal resources through environmental education and artistic expression.

Squeaky Sneakers strives to enhance ecological awareness and protection among culturally diverse and underserved communities and has worked with groups including Fairhope Rotary Youth Club, Foley Snook Youth Club, The Arc of Baldwin County, Fairhope UMC’s Shepherd’s Place, Camp Horizon Girls Wilderness Program, Baldwin County Public Schools Summer Programs, and Southwest Alabama Regional School for the Deaf and Blind. 

Additionally, Squeaky Sneakers trains other educators to extend the program’s reach.

“We are training future stewards of the estuaries and helping many children find out they love making art,” Raia said.

The Gulf of Mexico Program initiated the Gulf Guardian awards in 2000 as a way to recognize and honor the businesses, community groups, individuals and agencies that are taking positive steps to keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful and productive. First, second and third place awards are given in seven categories: individual, business/industry, youth environmental education, civic/nonprofit organizations, cultural diversity/environmental justice, partnership and bi-national efforts.

African Cultural Ambassador Chief Tunde Adetunju Visits Academy

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The United States Sports Academy hosted African Cultural Ambassador Tunde Adetunji to discuss ways sports and culture in Africa may help the continent’s economic development efforts.

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich presented African Cultural Ambassador Tunde Adetunji with an Academy pewter plate.

Adetunji is the CEO of the Africa World Museum Center and Africa Heritage Foundation. Born into a royal family in Nigeria, Adetunji received a degree in history and journalism at Lagos State Polytechnic. Currently, he is a research fellow for cultural education physicology and business administration at the University of Phoenix.

Adetunji met with Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich to talk about sports and culture. Adetunji sees sports and culture as a way to help spur economic development, perhaps leading to Africa hosting the Olympic Games in 2028.

As an instructor for 13 years, Adetunji traveled extensively to more than 57 countries to promote education and values. In January 1990, he established the Aragon Museum, which was later accredited by the National Commission for Museum and Monument and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Geneva as an international center for authentic African art, history and civilization.

Academy Vice President and COO Dr. T.J. Rosandich (left) accepts an art donation that explains the history of Africa from Ambassador Tunde Adetunji.

Adetunji’s aim and objectives to promote Africa’s people and the continent through cultural orientation paid off when he exhibited and represented Africa for the Cultural Exposition during the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games. Subsequent exhibitions included The African World Expo 1997 held in Detroit; the 1998 FIFA World Cup held in France; the 2000 National Summit on Africa held in Washington, D.C.; the 7th All-Africa Games held in Johannesburg, South Africa; the Atlanta Sesquicentennial Celebration and Festival of Colors; and the 2000 National Black Arts Festival held in Atlanta.

To enrich a wider audience for a better appreciation of the arts, Adetunji instituted a television program on art and culture on Nigerian TV. This program gave birth to proper documentation of authentic African art for education, research purposes, workshops and symposiums. To date, Adetunji has in his repertoire more than 50,000 unique art pieces designed for the Crowning and Celebration of Achievements Exhibition that he plans to showcase around the world for the next 10 years.

Charles Billich to Receive Second Honor as Academy’s Sport Artist of the Year

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World-renowned Australian painter Charles Billich has been selected as the United States Sports Academy’s 2013 Sport Artist of the Year. Billich was also honored with the award in 2000.

“Billich is recognized as one of the world’s best sport artist,” said Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich. “He continues to create art and is prolific as ever.”

The Academy plans to honor Billich at the Academy’s 29th annual Awards of Sport event, “A Tribute to the Artist and the Athlete,” at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at the university’s Daphne, Ala., campus.

Charles Billich, the Academy's 2014 and 2000 Sport Artist of the Year, will soon kick off his World Tour of Ballet Works. These works, including the above painting, "Joyful," will be on display at the Billich Gallery in Australia, before touring London, Los Angeles and Switzerland.

Billich’s art has been featured in popular venues such as the White House, the United Nations headquarters and the Vatican. The Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives, arguably the largest sport art collection in the world, also features many of Billich’s works, including his Bing Mah Jong collection.

A Yugoslavia ballet student until he fled his home in the 1950s, Billich used dance as an inspiration for his most recent featured paintings.

In May, Billich traveled to paint the principals of Beijing’s ballet and opera. The Billich Gallery, one of Australia’s leading contemporary art galleries and a premier venue in Sydney, features his paintings in the exhibit “A Collection Of Dance & Art.” From there, the ballet paintings are set to tour London, Los Angeles and Switzerland. 

Beijing is a familiar city for Billich, as he created the “Beijing Millenium Cityscape,” a painting that helped China win its bid to host the 2008 Olympics. Billich’s artistic involvement with sport spans five Olympiads. 

Billich created the official images for the Australian and U.S. teams for Athens 2004 and a symbolic cityscape painting of the 2008 Olympic Water sports venue QingDao, which was presented to the Mayor and Beijing Olympic Committee in QingDao in July 2005. He was given the Olympic Gold Order by the French Ministry of Sport for his contributions to the French Olympic Team during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Billich was also named the official artist for the Australian team at the 1996 Centennial Atlanta Olympic Games.

In addition, Billich was nominated as the official artist for the Rugby World Cup 2003 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

American Basketball Player LeBron James and South Korean Golfer Inbee Park Voted Athletes of the Month

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American basketball player LeBron James, who earned the NBA Finals MVP award for leading the Miami Heat to its second consecutive championship, and South Korean Inbee Park,who became the first golfer to win the first three majors of the season since 1950, were chosen as the United States Sports Academy’s June Athletes of the Month in worldwide online voting.

LeBron James

Meanwhile, Park won both the Wegman’s LPGA Championship and the Women’s U.S. Open in June to become the first golfer, male or female, to win the first three majors of the season since Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias in 1950. Park had also captured the LPGA Championship. She completely dominated the U.S. Open field, leading by six stokes for most of the weekend before cruising to a four-stroke victory.

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.

Inbee Park

Finishing second in the men’s category was Patrick Kane, who had an outstanding postseason performance for the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. The 24-year-old became the fourth American to ever be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy, which is given to the NHL’s most valuable postseason performer. Kane had 19 postseason points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 23 games. At one point, Kane scored seven goals in seven games.

The runner-up to Park on the women’s ballot was Michelle Carter, who won the women’s shot put with an American record throw of 66 feet, 5 inches, or 20.24 meters, at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships. It was Carter’s fourth national title outdoors to go along with one indoor title. Carter, a 2012 Olympian at the London Games, surpassed previous record holders Ramona Pagel (1988) and Jillian Camarena-Williams (2011) who threw 66-2.5 feet/20.18 meters.

Third place winners for June were Los Angeles Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig, who in June became the first player to be named Major League Baseball’s Player of the Month after just one month in the big leagues in the award’s 55-year history; and American Abby Wambach, who broke American Mia Hamm’s all-time women’s soccer scoring record with her 160th career goal in international competition.

James and Park 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.

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.

Academy Unveils Online Bookstore with Exciting New Products and Improved Website

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The United States Sports Academy is proud to unveil its new online bookstore website with its exciting new line of products.

With a completely redesigned website, shopping is made easy, safe and secure. You can now show your school pride by purchasing new Academy Bookstore products such as Tervis Tumblers, T-shirts, hats, drink huggers, umbrellas, coffee mugs, pennants and more.

If you have taken a class from the university, you can join the Academy’s Alumni Association today and earn an additional 10 percent discount on all Academy Bookstore merchandise including apparel, souvenirs and sports art.

The Academy, which is celebrating more than 40 years of excellence in sport education, claims the largest network of sports professionals in the world. Anyone who has taken one course from the Academy at any level can become a part of this network. Join the Academy’s Alumni Facebook page, email the Alumni Association at alumni@ussa.edu, or visit their website at www.ussa.edu/alumni/ for more information.

Be sure to check out the Academy’s Bookstore today!

Longtime American Sportscaster Dick Enberg Recieves the Academy’s 2013 Ronald Reagan Media Award

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The United States Sports Academy’s 2013 Ronald Reagan Media Award winner is Dick Enberg, one of America’s most versatile sportscasters who during his long career has called nearly every major sporting event from Wimbledons to Super Bowls.

Enberg, who provides play-by-play for the San Diego Padres, began broadcasting in 1957 and today remains the only sportscaster to win Emmys in three categories—broadcasting, writing and producing.

Dick Enberg (right) received the Academy's 2013 Ronald Reagan Media Award from Judy Sweet (left), a former Academy Board of Trustee member and longtime University of California, San Diego, director of athletics. The presentation was made before a June 20 game between the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park.

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.

For more than half a century, Enberg provided play-by-play in various sports for such networks as NBC, who he worked with for 25 years, CBS, and ESPN. He became well known for his signature catchphrase during outstanding plays: “Oh, my!”

Enberg, Cal State Northridge’s assistant baseball coach and an assistant professor in the early 1960s, has proven just as good behind a pen as behind a mic. He wrote his autobiography, “Oh, My!” in 2004 and penned a one-man theatrical play, “COACH.” The play, which debuted in 2005, is a tribute to his former college basketball broadcast partner and late friend, Al McGuire.

Enberg, who the Academy recognized for its Media Award in 1989, has garnered many prestigious awards and honors over the years, including: 13 Sports Emmy Awards, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Emmy; nine National Sportscaster of the Year awards from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and induction into that organization’s Hall of Fame; and even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In addition, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) honored Enberg in 1997 with an award in recognition of his longtime support of the organization’s Academic All-America program. The Dick Enberg Award is given annually to a person whose actions and commitment have furthered the meaning and reach of the Academic All-America Teams Program and the student-athlete, while promoting the values of education and academics. Enberg continues to be an avid supporter of the program, often lending his voice to video presentations related to CoSIDA’s annual Academic All-America Hall of Fame ceremony

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