2014

Athletes of the Year

Tennis Phenom’s Djokovic and Sharapova Voted Academy’s 2014 Male and Female Athletes of the Year

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The world’s most celebrated tennis players dominated this year’s United States Sports Academy Athletes of the Year Award. The Academy is proud to announce Novak Djokovic, professional tennis player from Serbia as the Male Athlete of the Year and Maria Sharapova, professional tennis player from Russia as the Female Athlete of the Year.

Male Athlete of the Year, Djokovic won his fourth Sony Open Title by defeating the number-one player, Rafael Nadal, with a 6-3, 6-3 win. In addition, Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 to win the 2014 Wimbledon singles title. The win was his second Wimbledon title and seventh grand slam title. Ranked No. 1 in the world, Novak Djokovic was recently named 2014 ITF Men’s World Champion. The Serbian star is one of only four men to be named World Champion four or more times, alongside Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer.

Female Athlete of the Year, Sharapova, captured the Madrid Open Championship title defeating Simona Halep 1-6, 6-2, 6-3. She also won the 2014 French Open Championship with a 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 victory also over Halep. It was her 2nd French Open title and 5th Grand Slam win. She is currently ranked second in the world to Serena Williams of the United States.

Djokovic and Sharapova dominated the voting in the 30th year of the Academy’s Awards of Sport program. Online voting took place on the Academy’s website at www.ussa.edu. from Dec. 1-24. The announcement on Christmas Eve is an early holiday present to the winners.

Finishing second in the Male Athlete of the Year category was Kenyan marathon runner, Dennis Kimetto. This year Kimetto shattered the marathon world record by 26 seconds with the winning time of 2:02:57 seconds at the 41st BMW Berlin Marathon. He was the first man in the world to break 2:03 for that distance.

The runner up to Sharapova was Genzebe Dibaba, an Ethiopian middle and long-distance runner. Dibaba incredibly set three separate world records within 15 days. The first record, which Dibaba beat by three seconds, is the 1500 meter world record with a time of 3:55:17. The second record was broken in the women’s indoor 3000 meters by nearly seven seconds with a time of 8:55:04 and the third broken was the two-mile record with a time of 9:00:48, which is nearly six seconds faster than the previous record holder. Genzebe Dibaba is the sister of Olympic Champion Tirunesh, and Olympian Ejegayehu.

The third place winner on the men’s ballot was Argentinian Lionel Messi who was the second place finisher on last year’s ballot. Messi, professional football player, broke the career-scoring record in La Liga, widely regarded as one of the best football leagues in the world. Messi broke the record with his 27th hat trick, three goals in one game, in La Liga play, giving him a total of 253 La Liga goals. Messi’s hat trick led Barcelona to a victory over their rivals, Real Madrid.

Finishing third on the women’s side is United States swimmer Katie Ledecky taking rival Missy Franklin’s place who was third in last year’s ballot. Ledecky broke the world record in the 1500 meter freestyle by 6 seconds at the Pan Pacific Championships this year in the world-record time of 15 minutes and 28.36 seconds. She also broke her own world record for the 400-meter freestyle with the time of 3 minutes, 58.37 seconds. A high school senior who has committed to swim at Stanford University next year, was also honored as USA Swimming’s 2014 Female Athlete of the Year at the Golden Goggle Awards.

The United States Sports Academy’s 2013 Male and Female Athletes of the Year were Spain’s Rafael Nadal, who won the French and U.S. Opens, and South Korea’s Yuna Kim, who also won the award four years ago for winning gold at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

This year’s ballot included 12 men and 12 women hailing from 12 different countries, including two athletes each from Ethiopia and Russia. The nominees represented strong competition from athletes from around the world in a wide variety of popular winter and summer sports. Their performances stood out and provided some of the best highlights and stories in sports in 2014.

The Athlete of the Year ballot is the culmination of the Academy’s yearlong Athlete of the Month program, which recognizes the accomplishments of men and women in sports from around the globe. Each month, the public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month program by nominating and voting for athletes online every month. The male and female monthly winners become eligible for the prestigious Athlete of the Year honor. The monthly winners are announced on the Academy’s website and in the online edition of The Sport Update.

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.

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Congratulations Graduates

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With rolling enrollment, the Academy’s students begin 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 graduates.

Bachelor’s Students

Phillippe Babineau (Laval, Quebec)-BSS Sports Studies

Vincente F. Gonzales (East Windsor, NJ)-BSS Sports Coaching

Matthew J. Summer (Pahoa, HI)-BSS Sports Management

Matthew Anthony Wood (Charlottesville, VA)-BSS Sports Coaching

Brooke R. Alf (San Antonio, TX)-BSS Sports Management

Master’s Students

Fritzie L. Villegas (San Jose, CA)-MSS Sports Coaching

Dawn A. Aniniba (Harker Heights, TX)-MSS Sports Management

Melissa M. Bissonnette (Boston, MA)-MSS Sports Management

Ricardo Caminante (Bartow, FL)-MSS Sports Health & Fitness

Jeffrey Michael Giovannone (Sparrowbush, NY)-MSS Sports Coaching

Troy C Bowe (Mauldin, SC)-MSS Sports Management NCAA Compliance

Jody W Evans (Athens, AL)-MSS Sports Management

Tory J. Fernandez (Canyon, TX)-MSS Sports Management

William A. Rapier (Chicago, IL)-MSS Sports Management

Johnny Elree Smith (College Station, TX)-MSS Sports Studies

Kevin James Capone (North Kingstown, RI)-MSS Sports Management

Marcus Corbett (Colorado Springs, CO)-MSS Sports Coaching

Joanne E. Haven (Columbus, GA)-MSS Sports Management, MSS Sports Studies

Tanya M. Bruner (Maynardville, TN)-MSS Sports Studies

Amber Williams (Indianapolis, IN)-MSS Sports Coaching

Wes Schneider (Riverside, CA)-MSS Sports Coaching

Scott E. Sinclair (Colorado Springs, CO)-MSS Sports Coaching

Joshua V. Hansen (West Jordan, UT)-MSS Sports Health & Fitness

Thomas A. Hoose Jr. (Sharon Springs, NY)-MSS Sports Coaching

Whitney F. Musgrove (Bluefield, WV)-MSS Sports Coaching

Nikolas Nikolaou (Limassol, CYPRUS)-MSS Sports Coaching

Paula Ramsey (Katy, TX)-MSS Sports Studies

Bethany A. Romesser (Appleton, WI)-MSS Sports Medicine, MSS Sports Health & Fitness

Doctoral Students

Daniel Paul Stewart (St. Augustine, FL)-EdD Sports Management-Sports Leadership

Theodore J. Flogaites (Macomb, IL)-EdD Sports Management-Sports Marketing

Deron G. Grabel (Chester, CT)-EdD Sports Management-Sports Marketing

Amber A. Magner (Colorado Springs, CO)-EdD Sports Management-Sports Leadership

Molly Hayes Sauder (Harrisburg, PA)-EdD Sports Management-Human Resource

Robert Littleton Bradley (Simpsonville, SC)-EdD Sports Management-Sports Medicine

 

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ASAMA Hosts Holiday Mystery Tour from HCA Healthcare

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December 12, 2014, the American Sport Art Museum & Archives was honored to host the “Holiday Mystery Tour” from HCA Healthcare. A group of approximately 100 senior citizens were given a tour of the over 1,000 sport art related photographs, paintings, assemblages and prints found throughout the grounds of the United States Sports Academy. Pictured above, are members of the group taking a break from exploring the art exhibited throughout the gallery.

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U.S. Sports Academy Sports Talk to discuss “THE ACADEMY’S ATHLETE OF THE YEAR FOR 2014”

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Daphne, AL – Sports fans mark your calendars! Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. don’t miss the next “live” edition of the United States Sports Academy’s Sports Talk program.

This week the Sports Talk panel will discuss, “The Academy’s Athlete of the Year for 2014.” Winners of the Academy’s Athlete of the Month are competing for votes for the accolade of Athlete of the Year. Listen to the panel experts from the United States Sports Academy as they discuss the accomplishments of each athlete. Voting for your favorite athlete can be done at http://ussa.edu/2014-athlete-of-the-year-ballot/ . The male and female winners will be announced December 23, 2014.

To view the panel discussion live, visit the Academy’s Google Plus page at http://google.com/+UssaEdu.

Moderated by Dr. Arthur Ogden, Chair of Sports Management at the Academy, the program features commentary on a wide range of current events in the sporting world from a panel of experts from The Sports Academy. Rounding out the panel is Dr. Tim Foley, the Dean of Student Services, and Dr. Stephen Butler, the Dean of Academic Affairs and Dr. Fred Cromartie, Director of Doctoral Studies.

The program will also be available for viewing afterwards at the USSA’s YouTube site at https://www.youtube.com/user/USSportsAcademy. The USSA’s Sports Talk program features discussions on current sports topic each week by Academy faculty and staff.

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.

Toys For Tots 2014

United States Sports Academy Sponsors Best Toys for Tots Donation in Nineteen Year History!

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DAPHNE, Ala.— Thank you for the overwhelming generosity during this year’s 19th Annual Toys For Tots collection drive at the United States Sports Academy! Over 5,000 toys were collected and will be distributed throughout Baldwin County.

Long considered one of South Alabama’s largest collection centers, the United States Sports Academy, in coordination with the Jesse Andrews Jr. Detachment, Marine Corps League, served as a collection center for 2014 Toys for Tots program.

Local residents, organizations, companies and schools dropped off their toy donation at the Academy’s Daphne, Ala., campus to help assist those who need it most this time of year. The Marine Corps League spent a day at the Daphne Target store and worked with the store employees and customers to make this the largest collection in the 19 year history. A special thanks goes to Chik-fil-A® for supplying food to the Marine volunteers while they spent the day collecting toy donations at Target. Adding to the community’s giving spirit, the Daphne Cub Scout Pack 271 has opted to give toys to Toys For Tots this year as opposed to doing a gift exchange.

The Toys for Tots program was founded in 1947 by U.S. Marine Corps Maj. William L. Hendricks, when Hendricks and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles first collected and distributed 5,000 toys to children. The following year, the Marine Corps Reserve adopted the concept and made it a national endeavor.

If you do not live in Baldwin or Mobile Counties, please visit the Toys for Tots website at www.toysfortots.org/donate/ to find a drop location in your area or to make a donation online.

Please contact the Academy’s Matthew Cope, Director of Operations, at 251-626-3303, if you have any questions about this project.

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.

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SPORTS ACADEMY’S GAME OF THE YEAR AWARD

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WRAPS UP REGULAR SEASON AND LOOKS FORWARD TO THE COLLEGE PLAYOFF

The 2014-2015 college football regular season is now in the books and the United States Sports Academy’s Game of the Year Committee is looking to the beginning of the Bowl Season and the inaugural year of the College Football Playoff for NCAA Division I (FBS) teams.

There are some 40 Bowls this season beginning on 20 December with the National Championship Game being played on 12 January 2015 at the impressive AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

For the ninth consecutive year, the Academy has conducted its College Football Game of the Year Award, which was developed in 2005 to pay tribute to a team whose efforts in a college football game exemplify the principles of high athletic endeavor, complete dedication to victory, and unified team effort.

The College Football Game of the Year Award is part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport series, a function of the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA), which was established as “a tribute to the artist and the athlete.”

Nominations for the Game of the Year have been submitted weekly by a Game of the Year Committee, and will culminate in a single winner at the end of the year determined by the Committee.

Consisting of eminent sport leaders, the College Football Game of the Year Committee is comprised of former athletic directors and coaches along with individuals active in collegiate football, who meet specific criteria to serve on the committee and exhibit no bias in their vote.

The College Football Game of the Year Committee reads like a “Who’s Who” in college football and is chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former college football coach and athletic director best known for being the head coach who resurrected the Marshall University football program. It also includes former University of Georgia Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, Vince Dooley.

Other Committee members are former National Football Foundation CEO, Robert Casciola; former National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Executive Director, Mike Cleary; former Temple and Alabama State Head Coach, Ron Dickerson; former Ohio State Athletic Director James Jones; Managing Editor of the American Football Monthly, Rex Lardner; former University of Washington AD, Mike Lude; former University of California AD, Dave Maggard; sport artist Daniel Moore; former Arizona State AD, Dick Tamburo; former Notre Dame Associate AD, Roger Valdiserri; former AD at Army, Al Vanderbush; former Texas Christian University AD, Frank Windegger; and former Oklahoma State and Washington State AD, Dr. Richard Young;

Daniel Moore, the ASAMA 2005 Sport Artist of the Year who has been long celebrated for his vivid depictions of SEC football moments, is annually commissioned by the Academy to render a painting portraying a memorable and pivotal moment to commemorate the selected College Football Game of the Year.

Moore’s most recent painting for the Game of the Year was entitled “The Runback” capturing Auburn’s Chris Davis’ “kick six” return of a failed field goal against Rival Alabama in the 2013 Iron Bowl.

In addition, the Academy contributes $5000 to the winning university’s scholarship fund.

Past winners of the Academy’s Game of the Year Award include Rutgers University in 2006, Appalachian State University in 2007, Texas Tech University in 2008, the University of Alabama in 2009 and 2011, Texas A&M University in 2012, and Auburn University in 2010 and 2013

The 2014-15 weekly winners have provided many exciting games and are listed below:

Week #1 Texas A&M over South Carolina 52-28
Week #2 Virginia Tech over Ohio State 35-21
Week #3 Boston College over USC 37-31
Week #4 Mississippi State over LSU 34-29
Week #5 Missouri over South Carolina 21-20
Week #6 Arizona over Oregon 31-24
Week #7 Baylor over TCU 61-58
Week #8 West Virginia over Baylor 41-27
Week #9 LSU over Ole Miss 10-7
Week #10 Auburn over Ole Miss 35-31
Week #11 Texas A&M over Auburn 41-38
Week #12 Alabama over Mississippi State 25-20
Week #13 Arkansas over Ole Miss 30-0
Week #14 Ole Miss over Mississippi State 31-17
Week #15 Ohio State over Wisconsin 59-0

The Academy’s Game of the Year Committee invites you to watch the games during this Bowl Season and look for the winner of the Game of the Year, which will be released shortly after the National Championship Game.

United States Sports Academy Chosen as One of The 25 Best Schools for Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Sports Management 2015

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy (USSA) was ranked fourteenth by Top Management Degrees on their list of the 25 Best Schools for Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Sport Management. Top Management Degrees is an online guide that ranks and reviews the best management and business degree programs.

Schools were ranked based on faculty credentials, student services and engagement, course delivery technology, student satisfaction, and tuition costs. The data was derived from the most recent and publicly available sources, including U.S. News & World Report and The National Center for Education and Statistics.

“To be honored with a ranking like this is very exciting for the Academy. The bachelor’s program with its flexibility and mentorship program is in a class by itself,” says Dr. Tim Foley, Director of Student Services at the United States Sports Academy.

The United States Sports Academy is the largest free-standing sports university in the world and is regionally accredited. With outstanding faculty that present relevant curricula in sports management, sports medicine, and coaching, USSA awards bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees worldwide.

The United States Sports Academy was the first and is the only of its kind in the United States. It was established in 1972 to turn around a new scientific finding that linked poor preparation of coaches to the injuries incurred by the athletes they supervised. Forbes states that the sports industry is expected to grow to $145.3 billion between 2010 and 2015. Because of the United States Sports Academy, sport professionals everywhere can prepare thoroughly for their work.

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 visit www.ussa.edu.

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Academy Serving as Collection Center for Toys for Tots for 19th Year

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DAPHNE, Ala.— Thank you for the overwhelming generosity during this year’s 19th Annual Toys For Tots collection drive at the United States Sports Academy! To date, over 5,000 toys have been collected which will be distributed throughout Baldwin County.

Long considered one of South Alabama’s largest collection centers, the United States Sports Academy, in coordination with the Jesse Andrews Jr. Detachment, Marine Corps League, is serving as a collection center for 2014 Toys for Tots program.

Local residents, organizations, companies and schools may drop off their new, unwrapped toys at the Academy’s Daphne, Ala., campus to help assist those who need it most this time of year.

Donations will be accepted through Thursday, December 11, 2014, during the regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Academy is located at One Academy Drive, Daphne, Ala., directly off of U.S. Highway 98.

The Toys for Tots program was founded in 1947 by U.S. Marine Corps Maj. William L. Hendricks, when Hendricks and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles first collected and distributed 5,000 toys to children. The following year, the Marine Corps Reserve adopted the concept and made it a national endeavor.

If you do not live in Baldwin or Mobile Counties, please visit the Toys for Tots website at www.toysfortots.org/donate/ to find a drop location in your area or to make a donation online.
Please contact the Academy’s Matthew Cope, Director of Operations, at 251-626-3303, if you have any questions about this project.

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.

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Featured Sport Artist: Charles Billich

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Mr. Charles Billich of Australia has been selected as December’s featured Sport Artist of the month. With a splintered and tumultuous past, Billich sought to channel his emotions on to canvas resulting in complex fascinating and sometimes provocative subject matter. His clear sense of modern style is easily recognizable to all who view his work. During the many twists in his life’s journey, Billich developed his craft and clarified his unique aesthetic view.

For his skilled celebration of the interrelation of art and athletics, he was selected as the 2000 Sport Artist of the Year by the Academy. In 2004, Billich’s paintings went on display at the United Nations, New York, NY and he again won the honor of the Academy Sport Artist of the Year in 2014.

Born in Yugoslavia, educated in Austria, working worldwide from China to the U.S.A., Charles Billich is a prolific artist and enthusiastic world citizen based in Sydney, Australia. He is currently one of the most prominent living Australian painters. In a career spanning some forty years, he has exhibited at some of the world’s most prestigious venues and has been an honored guest and resident artist on many occasions. The Vatican Museum, Australian Embassy, The Royal Collection of Thailand and numerous university, government, corporate and private collections house Billich’s eclectic work.
“There is a touch of irony in what I paint as there is in all contemporary surreal art, my lingua franca for articulating the vast gamma of emotions and impulses inherent to mystic creations,” says Charles Billich.

Founded in 1984, the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history, and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of nearly 2,000 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints and photographs. The museum is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information visit http://asama.org/.

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.

People, Places and Programs

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People, Places and Programs

MAJOR PROGRAM EVENTS

The Sports Movies and TV 2014 – 32nd Milano International FICTS fest will be held 3-8 December 2014, in Milano, Italy.

The 2014 Sport Tourism Conference will be held from 10-12 December 2014, Coimbra, Portugal.

The 15th Annual International Conference on Sports: Economic, Management, Marketing and Social Aspects will be held in Athens, Greece, from 11-14 May 2015.

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be held from 5-21 August 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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THE UNITED STATES SPORTS ACADEMY SELECTED AS A TOP SCHOOL IN MILITARY ADVANCED EDUCATION’S 2015 GUIDE TO COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

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Military Advanced Education (MAE) has awarded the United States Sports Academy the designation of a Top School in its  2015 MAE Guide to  Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education. The Guide will be released in the December issue of MAE, and will be available online at www.mae-kmi.com.

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Nancy Raia

Academy Art Committee Chair Named “2014 Art Educator of the Year”

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Above: Larry Gibson (Past President of AAEA), Nancy Raia (Community Outreach Director of the Eastern Shore Art Center) and Kelly Berwager (Current President of AAEA). Photo Credit: Paige Vitulli.

Nancy Raia Named “2014 Art Educator of the Year”

The Alabama Art Education Association has named Eastern Shore Art Center Community Outreach Director, Nancy Raia, as this year’s “Art Educator of the Year”! The AAEA Annual Fall Conference “Art JOURNEY” was held in Montgomery November 14-15, where art teachers from around the state gathered to share ideas and partake in various workshops.

Raia was nominated by peers for her service and contributions to art education. Mary Lou Casey, Principal from the Regional School for the Deaf and Blind, praises Raia’s high spirited nature, “It is clearly evident Nancy has amazing abilities to create art and a love for art that feed the mind and soul of everyone at the Regional School. Her unique talents enable Regional School students to create art without limitations. Her kind, creative, and giving spirit radiates as she teaches. Nancy’s extraordinary contributions have helped Regional School students reach their greatest potential in life and art.”

As Community Outreach Director of the Eastern Shore Art Center for the past 14 years, Raia continues to work with students from ages 3 to 101. Whether it’s a guided tour or reaching out to local schools, she relishes each and every assignment. Such collaborations include working with Weeks Bay biologist Angela Underwood each summer, combining art instruction with environmental science.

She also works with high school seniors and those in local assisted living centers in Senior to Senior. This program has been the recipient of grants from various school districts across the state, seeking the mentoring to begin similar programs and art projects within other communities.

Alongside art instruction, Raia has served as area judges for many competitions, juried festivals, and exhibits. She is sincerely honored to serve on the Art Committee of the United States Sports Academy.

For more info, contact Nancy Raia at nancy@esartcenter.com

For more info on the Eastern Shore Art Center, contact:
Adrienne Falls, Marketing Director at Adrienne@esartcenter.com or 928-2228 ext 103. Visit www.esartcenter.com, Facebook, or Twitter for daily updates!

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