2014 February


Doctoral Teaching Assistant Brandon Spradley Hits A Homerun With The Black Sports History Project

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United States Sports Academy Doctoral Teaching Assistant Brandon Spradley helped chronicle the stories of well-known African American athletes at Mobile County Training School (MCTS) during the tumultuous time of segregation, roughly from the 1950s to the 1970s.

These stories told through five, hour-long video interviews are now preserved on an Academy webpage to help celebrate Black History Month. The Black Sports History Project can be found at http://ussa.edu/black-sports-history-project.

The stories presented on the site come from notable athletes who rarely gained acclaim across racial lines during this time. The interviews were produced in conjunction with the MCTS Alumni Association and feature athletes like William Clark, a member of the Academy’s Board of Trustees; Larry Shears, one of the top running backs in the state at MCTS, who also played in the NFL; as well as Norman Hill and A.C. Mosley, who were the first black baseball players on a historically all-white area team in 1969.

Mr. Brandon Spradley

Mr. Brandon Spradley

Brandon, a former track athlete at the University of Alabama, said the project is significant as an educational piece.

“It teaches African Americans and others about the history of sports in the Mobile area and how a lot of athletes went through discrimination and segregation,” he said.

In addition to his work on the Black Sports History Project, Spradley also teaches at the Academy and has twice been to Malaysia on teaching assignments.

Spradley, who plans to finish his studies in May with a Doctor of Education in Sports Management, said he chose the Academy to focus on sports management after earning a master’s degree in Exercise Science from Alabama.

“I would like to do some type of teaching in the field of sports management, or sports science,” he said.


Art Committee Member Named Official “Polo at the Point” Artist

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Art Committee member B’Beth Weldon and Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, Academy President and CEO, pose with her oil painting “Off Back Shot.”

Polo ponies dash across the field. A rider and a horse lean in for a hook shot. Quarter and chest muscles tense and strong, a pony stops short and spins.

The power and teamwork of polo are captured by the paintbrush of Fairhope artist B’Beth Weldon, the Official Artist of the 25th Annual “Polo at the Paint” and a member of the Academy’s Art Committee.

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AAHPERD National Convention set for April 1

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The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance is inviting members to its latest conference, which will be held in St. Louis, Mo. from April 1-5.

Feb. 27 is the deadline for discounted registration for the 2014 AAHPERD National Convention and Expo, which will feature keynote speakers Shannon Miller, a 16-time Olympic and world champion and Deborah Tackman, a renowned motivational speaker on comprehensive health education and wellness programs.

In addition the convention will feature workshops on new initiatives and programs, as well as sessions that will provide teaching strategies and practices in: school-based health education, adapted physical education, curriculum and administration, professional preparation, sport and coaching, master and cultural dance classes and research including exercise sciences and motor behavior and measurement.

Member ID is required for registration as well as a password. Those interested in more information can click the following link: http://www.aahperd.org/whatwedo/convention.


ECSS calling for abstract submissions

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The 19th annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) is calling for abstract submissions, as well as participation in its Sport Science Around the Canals in Amsterdam, Netherlands, to be held July 2-5 at the RAI Convention Centre.

The deadline to submit an abstract is Feb. 15 and contributions from all aspects of sport science and sport medicine are welcome. Abstract submission is free of charge.

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Academy launches new webpage celebrating Black History Month

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The United States Sports Academy is honoring those who faced discrimination in the world of sport through an oral history project featuring African American athletes from Mobile County Training School (MCTS).

In conjunction with the MCTS Alumni Association, the Academy has launched a special webpage for the project called the Black Sports History Project to celebrate Black History Month.

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