2013

Academy Kicks Off Sports Certification Programs in Thailand

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The United States Sports Academy kicked off its International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) and International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) programs done in conjunction with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT).

For more than three decades, the Academy has provided programs in sport education to students throughout the nation to help them earn careers in the sport profession. It has a long-standing relationship with the SAT, which plays a vital role in the development of sports in Thailand.

Sports Authority of Thailand officials and students on a ski slope at the U.S. Olympic Park in Salt Lake City, Utah, last year.

The Academy currently sends instructors to Thailand to teach certification courses related to sports management and sports coaching as part of a yearlong six-part series. Annually, the programs enroll a select group of about 40 SAT students.

Academy instructors Dr. Dale Reeves and Dr. Tim DeVinney taught the first two courses in Bangkok, Thailand in January. Reeves taught a course in Sports Coaching Methodology, and DeVinney taught a course in Olympic Culture and Education. In February, Dr. Pete Mathiesen and Tim Dornemann are slated to teach courses in Sports Administration and Ethics in Sports.

“We truly treasure our relationship with Thailand,” says Betsy Smith, the Academy’s Director of Continuing Education and Special Projects, who oversees the SAT programs. “We are pleased to be teaching in Thailand again this year.”

The Academy, also known as “America’s Sports University,” has worked with 65 countries around the globe and it possesses the largest graduate school of sport education in the world.

Once the Thailand students earn their certifications, the Academy leads Thailand sports officials and students from SAT on a tour of American sports programs. Smith has led the tour the past seven years and says the Thais enjoy studying American sports.

Last year, the group’s study tour began in San Francisco with a Major League Baseball game between the Giants and Colorado Rockies. Among other things, the tour included stops at Stanford University to study its athletic facilities and programs, the United States winter Olympic facilities near Salt Lake City, Utah, Disney’s All Star Sports Resort in Orlando, Fla., and the IMG sports academies in Bradenton, Fla.

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People, Places and Programs

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Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich attended meetings at the 8th edition of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) World Conference on Sport, Culture and Education Nov. 25-27 in Amsterdam. The Academy is working with the IOC to develop a new Olympic Values Education Program (OVEP) that could be delivered online across the world.

Dr. Marion “Will” Evans, the Academy’s Dean of Academic Affairs, and Brandon Spradley, an Academy doctoral teaching assistant, attended the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities’ (AAICU) Ambassadors Program regional luncheon held at Spring Hill College Jan. 8 in Mobile, Ala.

Betsy Smith, Director of Academic Administration and Continuing Education, traveled with a team of 14 instructors who spent two weeks teaching in the Academy’s new pilot program. It is retraining thousands of Malaysia’s physical education teachers. The group took part in a “surge” from Dec. 1 to Dec. 9 and taught fitness and facilities management courses that wrapped up the initial six-month program.

Dr. William Steffen, the Academy’s chair of Sports Coaching, attended the National Soccer Coaches Association of America annual convention, the single largest gathering of soccer coaches in the world, Jan. 17 in Indianapolis. He presented with Tony DiCicco, former U.S. Women’s National Team soccer coach, and discussed flak play for the goalkeeper.

Erin Boles, who serves as an Admissions Counselor, has been appointed the Coordinator of Alumni Affairs. By appointing Boles to this new position, the Academy hopes to strengthen communications within the Alumni Association, which features one of the largest networks in the sports profession.

Academy National Faculty members Dr. Dale Reeves and Dr. Tim DeVinney will travel January 18-26 to Bangkok, Thailand, to teach courses in conjunction with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT). Dr. Reeves is teaching a course in Sports Coaching Methodology, and Dr. DeVinney is teaching a course in Olympic Culture and Education.

Jordan Moon, an Academy Distance Learning Faculty member, had two articles published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. One article is “Body composition in athletes and sports nutrition: an examination” and the other is “Tracking fat-free mass changes in elderly men and women using.”

Evan Weiner, the Academy’s 2010 Ronald Reagan Media Award winner, has published an e-book on the history of the National Football League (NFL) that’s titled, “America’s Passion: How a Coal Miner’s Game Became the NFL in the 20th Century.”

MAJOR PROGRAM EVENTS

The National Art Museum of Sport’s third annual Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport: A Fine Art Competition  – Sept. 15-May 1

World Leisure Congress Organizing Committee Meeting – Jan. 30 at the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau in Mobile, Alabama

NAICU Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day – Feb. 3-6 in Washington, D.C.

Joint Commission on Sports Medicine & Science Annual Meeting – Feb. 21-24 in Point Clear, Alabama

2013 American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAPHERD) National Convention  – Apr. 23-27 in Charlotte, North Carolina

Higher Education Institutions Leaders: An Annual International Symposium – May 20-23 at the Athens Institution for Education and Research in Greece

Academy Appoints New Coordinator of Alumni Affairs

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The United States Sports Academy recently appointed Erin Boles as the Academy’s Coordinator of Alumni Affairs.

By appointing Boles to this new position, the Academy hopes to strengthen communication within the Alumni Association, which features one of the largest networks in the sports profession.

Boles has served as an Admissions Counselor at the Academy since July 2012. She earned a bachelor’s in history and southern studies and master’s in history from the University of Mississippi.

During its 40-year history, more than 4,000 students have graduated from the Academy, the largest school of sports education in the world. Many have moved into the higher echelons of sport, where their impact is immeasurable. Their influence is felt every day at the Academy, as institutional research shows that alumni are the top source for new student referrals.

“Academy alumni are a vital component to the school’s continued success and are critical to the future of the university,” Boles says. “We take great pride in the fact that 96 percent of our graduates would recommend the Academy to their colleagues. One of my main goals is to ensure that our alumni understand how much their contributions to the sport world mean to this institution. The Academy could not be where it is today without the help of our alumni.”

The Academy’s Alumni Association is currently working to improve its social media outreach to better communicate with its alumni.

“As people are becoming more social-media driven, I hope to tap in to the evolving trend by connecting to alumni through various outlets,” Boles says. “I also want to celebrate the achievements of our alumni more and give alumni an opportunity to promote themselves professionally online. Not only will this highlight the success of our alumni, but also give our alumni the opportunity to share their experiences and expertise with each other, with prospective and current students, and with other members of the Academy community.”

The Alumni Association also plans to create a virtual café for alumni through video conferencing on the web.

“By creating the virtual café, alumni will be able to connect with others who have similar interests in the sports profession,” Boles said. “We plan to have monthly community hangout sessions where a graduate would be able to answer questions from and interact with potential and current students about their experiences during and after their time at the Academy. The recordings of these monthly events could then be digitally archived and available for viewing by anyone.”

Boles says she will strive to have more open communication between alumni and the Alumni Association, taking recommendations and feedback into consideration.

“I would love to hear from our alumni,” Boles says. “This is not a one-sided program, but an interactive and evolving conversation between the alumni and Alumni Affairs.”

All current students and graduates of the Academy are encouraged to join the Alumni Association. As a member of the Alumni Association, you will receive a priceless network connection with thousands of sports professionals, an Academy lapel pin, Academy electronic publications such as The Sport Update and the Alumni Network, and a 10 percent discount on Academy Bookstore merchandise, i.e. clothing, novelties, and art.

To join the Alumni Association for free and receive the benefits listed above, please request to join the Alumni Association Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/8529483235/. For more information about Academy alumni and the Alumni Association, visit www.ussa.edu/alumni/.

Lionel Messi and Mikaela Shiffrin Voted December’s Athletes of the Month

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Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi and American skier Mikaela Shiffrin were chosen as the United States Sports Academy’s December Athletes of the Month.

Messi

The 25-year-old Messi has established himself as one of the greatest soccer players in history by breaking the all-time calendar-year scoring record. Messi surpassed the 39-year-old record when he made his 86th goal of the season in 66 matches in FC Barcelona’s 2-1 win at Real Betis. The previous record of 85 goals was set by Germany’s Gerd Muller in 1982. Throughout the season, Messi completed six hat-tricks, 20 doubles and four goals in the same game twice.

Shiffrin, who is 17-years-old and in her second season on the FIS Alpine World Cup tour, became the third-youngest American woman to win a World Cup ski race on Dec. 20 in Are, Sweden. The Vail, Colo., skier won the World Cup night slalom. It was the first World Cup victory for Shiffrin, who last season was named Rookie of the Year by her peers.

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 Johnny Manziel. The Texas A&M redshirt freshman quarterback was named the winner of the 78th Heisman Trophy, making him the first freshman to win the coveted award as college football’s top player. Manziel became first Southeastern Conference player and fifth player overall to pass for 3,000 yards and run for 1,000 in a season.

Shiffrin

The runner-up to Shiffrin on the women’s ballot was Bailey Webster. She was named the Most Outstanding Player as she led the Texas women’s volleyball team to a national championship over Oregon. The 6-foot-3 outside hitter had 14 kills and four blocks in the NCAA title game and led the Texas team in kills in every match during tournament play.

Third place winners for December were Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who became the seventh NFL running back in history to top 2,000 yards with 2,097; and American speedskater Heather Richardson, who won three speedskating titles in American record times in three days at the U.S. Long Track Championships.

Messi 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 last month, which drew tens of thousands of votes a day from across the world.

Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister Receives International Honorary Doctorate from the Academy

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The United States Sports Academy honored His Excellency Tan Sri Muhyiddin Hj Mohd Yassin with a 2012 International Honorary Doctorate Thursday, Jan. 17 at its campus in Daphne, Ala.

“It is a great honor for me to be here today to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the Academy and will be a moment I shall cherish,” said Muhyiddin, who is both Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education. “Sports always has been a passion of mine. I am convinced that sports is able to play an important role in not just developing oneself, but having a multiplier effect on molding and unifying a nation.”

United States Sports Academy Board of Trustees members award Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Muhyiddin Yassin with an International Honorary Doctorate.

Muhyiddin’s visionary initiative to build vigorous sports programs for Malaysian children has led to the Academy developing a diploma program for the Southeast Asian country that is arguably one of the largest remedial programs in physical education and sports coaching ever undertaken.

Muhyiddin directed the implementation of “One Student – One Sport” in Malaysia’s schools three years ago to improve physical education and scholastic sports for the nation’s children. He said he saw a need to provide more physical education and sports training to tens of thousands of the nation’s physical education teachers and coaches, who oversee the students’ development in sports.

This led to the Malaysia Ministry of Education (MOE), which Muhyiddin heads, approving the Academy’s latest sports education program for Malaysia—the International Diploma in Physical Education and Scholastic Sports (IDPESS). The Academy’s work with Malaysia began nearly six decades ago, and during the school’s history, it has delivered sport and physical education programs in more than 65 countries to more than a quarter million people. The institution, known as “America’s Sports University,” is the largest graduate school of sport education in the world.

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich recalled during the presentation that his ties to Malaysia date back to 1957 when he coached the first of his many national track and field teams there. Dr. Rosandich said that he recommended to Malaysia’s first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, the father of the country, to establish a sophisticated interscholastic sport program.

He noted that more than 50 years later, Muhyiddin moved to create an interscholastic sport program and now, incidentally, Great Britain is following suit. Dr. Rosandich applauded Muhyiddin for all of his sports achievements in Malaysia, including his running of one of the best Commonwealth Games in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur. The event is the second largest international sports competition, following the Olympics.

“After all these years, His Excellency is developing an interscholastic sports program so the youth of Malaysia can reach a new level in sports,” Dr. Rosandich said. “There is no question that success will follow for Malaysia in international fields of competition. This Honorary Doctorate recognizes the Deputy Prime Minister’s lifelong contributions to sport and to the people of his country. This honor is very much earned and well deserved.”

The “One Student – One Sport” initiative is one of Muhyiddin’s major efforts since 2009. This endeavor, which offers more structured and organized physical education classes and sports programs, is seen by Muhyiddin and the nation’s leaders as critical for the health, fitness and learning benefits it provides youth. It also is important to the development of a national system that allows youth to advance in sports, with the best eventually competing in the Olympics or in professional sports.

The Academy recently completed training the first 1,000 Malaysian educators from June to December and plans call for tens of thousands more to eventually go through IDPESS over the next several years. The Academy’s 10-course diploma program is approved by the Malaysian Qualifications Authority (MQA), a national accrediting body.

This continuing education effort is but one part of Muhyiddin’s strategy to enhance Malaysia’s physical education programs as he and his team continue to look for ways to develop its next generation of elite athletes. The country of nearly 29 million people has had athletes win a total of six Olympic medals, which have come in badminton and diving. Other popular sports include soccer, field hockey, rugby, gymnastics, martial arts and cycling.

Muhyddin said he hoped the Academy would help the country improve its sports performance in future Olympic Games.

“The gold still remains elusive,” he said. “Maybe this is something that the U.S. Sports Academy could help us out in before we grace Rio de Janeiro in 2016?”

Muhyiddin also visited Daphne High School during his stay in Alabama to learn more about its Digital Renaissance, International Baccalaureate and sports programs.

Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Muhyiddin Yassin watches as Daphne High School students do sprints as part of the school's fitness testing.

“I am very impressed with the school itself,” he said. “Technology is something we believe is very important for students in our country, too.”

Muhyiddin has served in a number of government roles since earning his bachelor’s degree with honors in Economics and Malay Studies in 1971 at the University of Malaya, one of the country’s renowned schools. He first became a member of the Parliament of Malaysia in 1978. Some of his recent posts include Minister of Youth and Sports (1995-1999), Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (1999-2004), and Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry (2004-2008).

Muhyiddin is the third Malaysian to earn an International Honorary Doctorate from the Academy. In 2008, the sports university honored His Royal Highness Tunku Imran, the Malaysian Prince and President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia who has been active in the international sport community and Olympic Movement for more than three decades. In 1990, the Academy bestowed an International Honorary Doctorate on YAB Dato Sri Mohammad Najib Abdul Razak, Malaysia’s current Prime Minister and former Minister of Sport.

The Academy’s work in Malaysia began when it became an independent nation in 1957 and the Academy’s Dr. Rosandich coached the first of his many national track and field teams there. He led a combined team of athletes from Malaysia, Singapore and North Borneo to the Asian Games in 1958.

The Academy’s first sports education programs in Malaysia began in 1981. Over the years, the institution has taught its International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) and Sports Coaching (ICSC) programs in the country. Today, Malaysia remains one of the few predominantly Muslim nations that maintains close ties to the United States.

The Academy’s programs are designed to help individuals develop a strong foundation of skills and knowledge required to succeed in coaching, physical education, management, fitness and other sport-related disciplines. Known as “America’s Sports University,” the Academy today has grown into the largest graduate schools of sport education in the world and offers regionally accredited programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

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.

Texas A&M Upset of No. 1 Alabama in SEC Matchup Chosen as the 2012 College Football Game of the Year

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The United States Sports Academy’s 2012 College Football Game of the Year is Texas A&M’s upset of No. 1 Alabama in the teams’ first ever Southeastern Conference showdown.

Thanks to its redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, the nearly 14-point underdog Texas A&M Aggies, which was then ranked No. 15, stunned No. 1 Alabama, 29-24 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The United States Sports Academy's 2012 College Football Game of the Year is Texas A&M's victory, 29-24, over Alabama in Week 11 of the college football season.

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 in Week 11 of the college football season.

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. Nicknamed “Johnny Football,” he went on to win the Heisman Trophy as Texas A&M finished the season with an 11-2 record and ranked No. 5 in the country.

The Aggies were playing their first season in the SEC and appeared in its upset win to have have ended the league’s run of Bowl Championship Series titles at six years. However, Alabama made it to the national championship game where it defeated Notre Dame for its second consecutive title.The Crimson Tide ended the season as the consensus No. 1 and a 13-1 record, with its lone loss coming to Texas A&M.

Against the Aggies, Alabama trailed, 29-24, when Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron drove the ball quickly downfield with a 54-yard pass to Kenny Bell 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, Texas A&M’s Deshazor Everett intercepted McCarron’s fourth-down pass at the goal line with 1:36 left to secure the win.

Each week the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Committee selects a Game of the Week winner. Each week’s winner is then considered for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the regular season. The 2011 winner was Alabama’s shutout, 21-0, of Louisiana State in the BCS game.

The committee, which reads like a “Who’s Who” in college football, 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. Traditionally, the Academy donates Moore’s painting along with $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the winning university.

The contest was developed to pay tribute to a team whose efforts in a game exemplify the spirit and principles of athletic endeavor, dedication and teamwork. The College Football Game of the Year Award is a part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport series.

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

AAICU Kicks Off Student Ambassador Program

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Dr. Will Evans, the United States Sports Academy's Dean of Academic Affairs, and Brandon Spradley, an Academy doctoral teaching assistant, represented the sports university at the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities' (AAICU) Ambassadors Program regional luncheon held at Spring Hill College on Tuesday, Jan. 8. This Legislative session the program's goal is to empower students to fend off cuts and to increase student aid to independent colleges. You can read more about the program at http:www.aaicu.net/announcements/aaicu-kicks-off-student-ambassador-program. Pictured from left to right are: Kim Wolfe, AAICU; Spradley, Academy; Evans, Academy; Tiffany Wheat, Talladega College; Amy Wright, University of Mobile; Stephanie Cochran, Spring Hill College, Ellen Foster, Spring Hill College; and Paul Hankins, AAICU.

Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister’s Revamping of Nation’s Sports Education Earns an International Honorary Doctorate from the Academy

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His Excellency Tan Sri Muhyiddin Hj Mohd Yassin’s visionary initiative to build vigorous sports programs for Malaysian children has led to the United States Sports Academy developing a diploma program for the Southeast Asian country that is arguably one of the largest remedial programs in physical education and sports coaching ever undertaken.

Muhyiddin, who is both Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, directed the implementation of “One Student – One Sport” in Malaysia’s schools to improve physical education and scholastic sports for the nation’s children. He soon saw a need to provide more physical education and sports training to tens of thousands of the nation’s physical education teachers and coaches who oversee the students’ development in sports.

His Excellency Tan Sri Muhyiddin Hj Mohd Yassin, who is both Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, is receiving a 2012 International Honorary Doctorate at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 from the United States Sports Academy at its Daphne, Ala., campus.

This led to the Malaysia Ministry of Education (MOE), which Muhyiddin heads, approving the Academy’s latest sports education program for Malaysia—the International Diploma in Physical Education and Scholastic Sports (IDPESS). The Academy’s work with Malaysia began nearly six decades ago, and during the school’s history it has delivered sport and physical education programs in more than 65 countries to more than a quarter million people.

Because of Muhyiddin’s visionary leadership, the Academy is honoring him with a 2012 International Honorary Doctorate.

Muhyiddin is scheduled to receive the International Honorary Doctorate during a ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 in the Main Gallery at the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala. In addition, he plans to visit Daphne High School earlier that day at 9 a.m. to learn more about its digital renaissance program that gives every high school student in Baldwin County a laptop to enhance their studies.

The “One Student – One Sport” initiative is one of Muhyiddin’s major efforts in his current leadership roles since 2009. This endeavor, which offers more structured and organized physical education classes and sports programs, is seen by Muhyiddin and the nation’s leaders as critical for the health, fitness and learning benefits it provides youth. It also is important to the development of a national system that allows youth to advance in sports with the best eventually competing in the Olympics or in professional sports.

The Academy recently completed training the first 1,000 Malaysian educators from June to December and plans call for tens of thousands more to eventually go through IDPESS over the next several years. The Academy’s 10-course diploma program is approved by the Malaysian Qualifications Authority (MQA), a national accrediting body.

This continuing education effort is but one part of Muhyiddin’s strategy to enhance Malaysia’s physical education programs as he and his team continue to look for ways to develop its next generation of elite athletes. The country of nearly 29 million people has had athletes win a total of six Olympic medals, which have come in badminton and diving. Other popular sports include soccer, field hockey, rugby, gymnastics, martial arts and cycling.

Muhyiddin has served in a number of government roles since earning his bachelor’s degree with honors in Economics and Malay Studies in 1971 at the University of Malaya, one of the country’s renowned schools. He first became a member of the Parliament of Malaysia in 1978. Some of his recent posts include Minister of Youth and Sports (1995-1999), Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (1999-2004), and Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry (2004-2008).

Muhyiddin is the third Malaysian to earn an International Honorary Doctorate from the Academy. In 2008, the sports university honored His Royal Highness Tunku Imran, the Malaysian Prince and President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia who has been active in the international sport community and Olympic Movement for more than three decades. In 1990, the Academy bestowed an International Honorary Doctorate on YAB Dato Sri Mohammad Najib Abdul Razak, Malaysia’s current Prime Minister and former Minister of Sport.

The Academy’s work in Malaysia began when it became an independent nation in 1957 and Academy Founder, President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich coached the first of his many national track and field teams there. Rosandich led a combined team of athletes from Malaysia, Singapore and North Borneo to the Asian Games in 1958.

The Academy’s first sports education programs in Malaysia began in 1981. Over the years, the institution has taught its International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) and Sports Coaching (ICSC) programs in the country. Today, Malaysia remains one of the few predominantly Muslim nations that maintain close ties to the United States.

The Academy’s programs are designed to help individuals develop a strong foundation of skills and knowledge required to succeed in coaching, physical education, management, fitness and other sport-related disciplines. Known as “America’s Sports University,” the Academy today has grown into the largest graduate schools of sport education in the world and offers regionally accredited programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

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.

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