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February 2014

Bruce Larsen’s Art of Life

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Bruce Larsen’s steel seahorse rises above a bluff in Fairhope overlooking the bay. A thin wasp nest hangs from a gear in the curve of the chest and pine needles stick out of the roller chain tail. As the metal pieces rust in the salt air, the seahorse that Larsen made with John Rezner was inspired by nature and becomes a part of it. Larsen’s larger-than-life sculptures of animals and athletes are coastal landmarks that…

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Black History Beyond Sport: Julius Caesar Hope

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by Brandon Spradley The Academy highlights Reverend Julius Caesar Hope, a graduate of Mobile County Training School (Plateau, Alabama) in 1950. Hope graduated from Alabama State University, where he was a quarterback on the football team and a catcher on the baseball team. He served in the United States Air Force for four years and was a member of the Alaskan softball team that won the Worldwide Championship in 1953. Hope was the first person…

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Joan Cronan Joins Academy’s Board of Trustees

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The United States Sports Academy is pleased to welcome to the Board of Trustees Joan Cronan, the senior advisor to the chancellor and the women’s director of athletics emerita for the University of Tennessee. Under Cronan’s supervision for nearly 30 years, she is credited with leading the program to its most successful stretch under the management of one director. Cronan helped direct the Lady Vols to 10 National Championships and 29 Southeastern Conference titles during…

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Sculpture by Chair of Academy’s Art Committee Unveiled

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“Original,” the first oyster sculpture in a series that will compose the Oyster Trail along the Eastern Shore, was unveiled at the Original Oyster House in Mobile, Ala., on Wednesday, 12 February 2014. “Original” was painted by Nancy Raia, the Chair of the Academy’s Art Committee and the Community Outreach Director for the Eastern Shore Art Center. Joe Roszkowski and David Dekle, co-owners of the Original Oyster House, sponsored the Oyster Trail Sculpture, which helps…

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Jones County Junior College Delegation Visits Academy

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A delegation of coaches from Jones County Junior College (JCJC) in Ellisville, Miss., visited the Academy on Friday, 14 February 2014.  This delegation, which was led by Dr. Jim Walley, JCJC’s Vice President of External Affairs (far right), visited to discuss the Academy’s academic degree programs and ways the two organizations may be able to collaborate in the future.

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Academy Vice President Meets with Abbot of the Shaolin Temple

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Dr. T.J. Rosandich, Academy Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (left), recently met with His Holiness Abbot Shi Yongxin in Dengfeng, China, about promoting the Academy’s online Shaolin course to 400 million Chan Buddhist followers and others across the globe. For the past few years, the Academy has been working with the Shaolin Temple to develop a course that introduces Shaolin philosophy and history to people online throughout the world. Anyone who is interested in…

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Agreement Signed with Shanghai Sports Administration

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Dr. T.J. Rosandich, the Academy’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, recently negotiated an agreement with the Shanghai Administration of Sports.  Under this agreement, the Academy’s International Diploma in Sports Coaching (IDSC) Program will be delivered to 100 students in Shanghai commencing in May 2014. Pictured on the left (front to back) are Dr. T.J. Rosandich and Marlin Lee, an Academy alumnus in Shanghai.  Pictured on the right (front to back) are Guo Jialui, International…

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Michael Wardian and Abebech Bekele Voted January’s Athletes of the Month

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United States marathoner Michael Wardian and Ethiopian marathoner Abebech Bekele were chosen as the United States Sports Academy’s January 2014 Athletes of the Month. In the Men’s Division, the 39-year-old Wardian has established himself as one of best marathoners and ultra-marathoners in the world, having run in numerous marathons over the past decade. In 2006 he won four of the five races in which he participated during a 45-day period. In 2008, 2009 and 2010…

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Auburn’s Gus Malzahn Honored With 2014 Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award

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Photo Credit: Todd Van Emst. Copyright 2014, AuburnTigers.com Football on the plains of Auburn University will never be the same again! The Auburn Tigers’ exciting 2013 season which tied the NCAA record for a one-year turnaround was engineered under the impressive leadership of first-year Head Coach Gus Malzahn. The astonishing season, which featured Auburn playing in the final Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship Game, has earned Malzahn the United States Sports Academy’s 2014 Amos Alonzo Stagg…

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People, Places and Programs

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The Technical University of Madrid and the Spanish Anti-Doping Agency will hold an International Congress entitled, “Sport, Doping and Society” from 26 February until 1 March 2014, in Madrid, Spain. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships will be held from 7-9 March 2014, in Sopot, Poland. The 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards will be held on Wednesday, 26 March 2014, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 2014 American Alliance for Health, Physical…

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Academy Alumnus Coordinates Gulf Coast Interstate Relay

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Anthony D’Onofrio (left) meets with Dr. Stephen Butler, the Academy’s Dean of Academic Affairs, on campus to discuss the Academy’s role in the upcoming Gulf Coast Interstate Relay. Academy alumnus Anthony D’Onofrio has taken over control of the Gulf Coast Interstate Relay in its second year, and once again his alma mater will play a pivotal role in the 263-mile race that takes place April 4-6. Just like last year, the Academy will be one…

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