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Goodnight named Sports Academy’s Artist of the Month for July

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For decades, The Academy’s 1997 Sport Artist of the Year, Paul Goodnight has created inspiring portraits of well-known athletes surrounded by symbols of his or her cultural heritage.

His work has decorated numerous television and film sets, the first being the popular sitcom, “The Cosby Show” in 1984. Over the years, Goodnight’s paintings were also seen on shows such as “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “Seinfeld” and in publications such as Architectural Digest, Ebony and People Magazine.

Some of Goodnight’s major achievements include being commissioned to paint a commemorative poster for the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games and the World Cup poster in 2010.

Among other accomplishments, he was commissioned by Geovision for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Minority Adult Male Anti-Smoking Campaign. He also designed a ceramic mural for the entrance of the Orlando Airport.

In addition, Goodnight uses his talent for philanthropic purposes such as painting a piece to raise funds for the African American Research Library in Florida, which auctioned for $32,500, and a piece by The Valley Inc. in New York, which auctioned for $51,000. In 2007, his piece entitled “What Your Heart Hears” was auctioned for $70,000 at the Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children in Las Vegas, Nev.

In January of 1991, Goodnight co-founded the Color Circle Art Publishing, Inc., along with Bernice Robinson, Ekua Holmes & Roland Brooks. The Color Circle’s mission is to promote the achievements of established and up-and-coming artists.

Goodnight’s artwork has been featured in exhibitions at prevalent buildings such as the Boston Museum of Fine Art and the Schomburg Institute. The American Sport Art Museum and Archives in Daphne, Ala., currently houses 12 pieces of Goodnight’s artwork. His art can also be found in the collections of many celebrities.

With the intention of turning what was once just a hobby into a profession, Goodnight attended the Massachusetts College of Art where he earned a Masters of Fine Arts.

Goodnight was mentored by prominent African-American artists, such as muralist, John Biggers, and spiritual painter, Alan Rohan Crite. He has traveled all over the world, living among the people of Russia, Nicaragua, Haiti, Africa and Brazil and China.

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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Acting Director of Continuing Education

Congratulations to Mr. Brandon Spradley, the acting Director of the Sports Academy’s Continuing Education Department. He was recently ordained as a minster in a ceremony at Covenant of Grace Ministries in Collerville, Tenn.

Congratulations to professional golfer Erik Compton
Congratulations to professional golfer, Erik Compton, for earning a runner-up finish in the US Open on June 15th, in Pinehurst, N.C. Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, received the Academy’s Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award in 2012. Compton finished 1-under par for the four rounds of the tournament.

 MAJOR PROGRAM EVENTS

  • The United States Specialty Sports Association Global Sports Baseball World Series will be held from 17 June – 27 July 2014 and will be held at the Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Foley Sportsplexes.
  • The 2014 Celebrate National Youth Sports Week will be held from 13-20 July, 2014. In honor of this week, a Physical Activity Expo will be held in the Rayburn House of Representatives Office Building Foyer on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., from 11:00am – 2:00pm on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.
  • The 2014 IMAGINE PEACE Youth Camp will be hosted by the International Olympic Truce Center from 26-31 July 2014, at the International Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece.
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Michelle Wie and Rafael Nadal voted Academy’s Athletes of the Month for June

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DAPHNE, Ala. – United States professional golfer, Michelle Wie, and Spanish professional tennis player, Rafael Nadal, were chosen as the United States Sports Academy’s June 2014 Athletes of the Month.

 Nadal won the men’s French Open in Paris, France, by defeating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 and 6-4 on June 8th.  The victory for Nadal was his record ninth French Open title and was his 14th Grand Slam title. He holds a 66-1 record at the French Open all-time.

In the female division, Wie won the U.S. Women’s Open Title on June 22nd, in Pinehurst, N.C. Wie finished the tournament 2-under 278 with a two-stroke victory over the No.1 ranked Stacy Lewis. The victory was her first major title win.

Finishing second in the male division was soccer forward James Rodriguez. Rodriguez scored a total of five goals in four matches for the Colombian national team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Rodriquez’s first three goals helped Colombia win and advance out of the group stage. Rodriquez scored both goals in the team’s 2-0 win over Uruguay on June 28th, sending the Colombian team to the Word Cup quarterfinals.

The runner-up to Wie in the female division is the pitcher for the 2014 National Champion University of Florida softball team, Hannah Rogers. She was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Women’s College World Series that concluded on June 4th in Oklahoma City, Okla. Rogers finished 4-0 during the College World Series and 7-0 during the National Tournament. She was also named the Southeastern Conference Female Athlete of the Year.

Third place recipients for June are Brianna Rollins, the winner of the 100 meter women’s hurdles at the IAAF Diamond League Golden Gala, and Clayton Kershaw, a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Rollins finished the race with an outstanding years-best time of 12.53 seconds. Kershaw threw a no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies on June 19th. In the 8-0 victory over the Rockies, Kershaw had a career high 15 strikeouts. For the month of June, he finished with a perfect 6-0 record.

Wie and Nadal are now eligible for the Academy’s male and female 2014 Athlete of the Year Award. For the 30th 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.

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.

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.

Artist Daniel A. Moore completes second painting in Auburn’s “Season of Miracles”

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Artist Daniel A. Moore recently completed the second of a two-painting series commemorating two historic plays from Auburn’s 2013 “Season of Miracles.”

 Limited edition Fine Art Prints and Giclée canvases are now available for ordering at newlifeart.com, the official Daniel A. Moore website.

Moore’s original oil painting was done in connection with the 2013 College Football Game of the Year Award® which is presented annually by the United States Sports Academy.

The first print of the set, released recently, is titled “The Runback.”  This work depicts the incredible 109-yard, last-second runback by Chris Davis that knocked Alabama out of contention for its third straight BCS national championship.

“After painting and commemorating 48 Iron Bowls, and watching many more, I don’t think I’ve seen any more sensational and significant as the last one,” Moore reflected from his Hoover studio.  “Arguably, this Iron Bowl game could top them all.”

The newest Daniel Moore painting is titled “Miracle on the Plains.” This work portrays, in a two-panel presentation, Ricardo Louis’ miraculous game-winning catch that beat the Georgia Bulldogs at Jordan-Hare Stadium.  Prints and canvases of “Miracle on the Plains” are currently in production and will be released shortly.

Although most noted for his paintings of Alabama Football since “The Goal Line Stand” in 1979, Moore has now painted 18 of Auburn’s historic victories — dating back to his 1981 painting, “The Goal Line Dive,” featuring Bo Jackson’s famous Iron Bowl touchdown dive.

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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U.S. Sports Academy hosts participants from Black History Project for tour of ASAMA

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Earlier this year, the United States Sports Academy launched an oral history project, featuring African American Athletes from the Mobile County Training School (MCTS), and on Friday, the Academy welcomed them to the Academy for a tour of the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA).

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

The page includes interviews featuring athletes, who participated in sports at MCTS during segregation, roughly spanning the time period between 1955 and 1980. This time period was when the most visible activities of the civil rights movement took place.

Brandon Spradley, the interim Director of Continuing Education at the Academy, and MCTS alumnus Anderson Flen teamed up for the project that presents the unsung and untold stories of the athletes, many of whom simply weren’t afforded the opportunity to play in college, or the professional ranks.

To view the webpage celebrating the stories of these athletes and coaches, visit www.ussa.edu/black-sports-history-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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Dr. Prentice receives Sports Academy’s Dr. Jokl Sports Medicine Award

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United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich proudly announces Dr. William Prentice as the 2014 recipient of Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award for his contributions and achievements in the field of sports medicine.

Recognized as an author, educator, and clinician, Dr. Prentice is a professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science and has served as the program director of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) accredited Post-Professional Athletic Training Education Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1980.

Prentice is the author of 45 editions of nine different textbooks, published more than 95 journal articles and abstracts, and made more than 200 lectures and presentations. Prentice served as the athletic trainer for the women’s soccer program at North Carolina for 26 years beginning in 1980 and during that period, the team won 17 NCAA and one AIAW National Championships.

In 2004, Dr. Prentice was inducted into the NATA’s Hall of Fame, and in 2006, the Association established the William E. Prentice Scholarship that is presented annually in his honor. In 2008, he was selected in the inaugural class as an NATA Fellow, and in 2011, Dr. Prentice was inducted into the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainer’s Association Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia in 2012.

Dr. Prentice has been the recipient of numerous other awards from NATA, including most notably the Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Athletic Training Educator Award in 1999; the Educational Multimedia Committee Videotape Production Award in 1997; and the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 1999.

He received both his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Delaware, a PhD degree in sports medicine and applied physiology from the University of Virginia and a BSPT degree in physical therapy from North Carolina.

Dr. Prentice started his career as an assistant athletic trainer at Temple University prior to beginning his PhD at Virginia. He also served for 10 years as the Director of Sports Medicine Education for the Healthsouth Corporation.

The United States Sports Academy’s Award of Sport program is a long-standing awards program within the Academy, dating back to 1985. The recipients of the awards will be recognized in an awards ceremony in November.

The 2013 Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award was presented to Dr. Cindy Chang, USA Chief Medical Officer for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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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Delegation of Shanghai Administration of Sports visits Academy

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The delegation of Shanghai Administration of Sports visited the Academy on Monday, 23 June 2014, to discuss the International Diploma in Sports Coaching Program that is currently being delivered by the Academy to 100 students in Shanghai, China. 

(Left to right: Guo Jialu, Deputy Director, Shanghai International Sports Exchange Center; Zhao Rongshan, Director of Science and Education Department, Shanghai Administration of Sports; Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, President and CEO of the Academy; Li Yuyi, Director General, Shanghai Administration of Sports; Wang Jiajin, Chief of Financial Department, Shanghai Administration of Sports; Zhou Meng, Principal Staff of Competitive Sports Department, Shanghai Administration of Sports)

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U.S. Sports Academy Sports Talk program to discuss ‘The Big Five Conferences Quest for Autonomy’

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Sports fans mark your calendars for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday for the next edition of the United States Sports Academy’s Sports Talk program.

This week the Sports Talk panel will discuss “The Big Five Conferences Quest for Autonomy.”

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.

Along with Dr. Ogden, the panel will include Dr. Stephen Butler, Dean of Academic Affairs at the Academy; and Dr. Tim Foley, Dean of Student Services at the Academy.

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.

Dr. Fredricks and Dr. Wise return from teaching assignment in China

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USSA1Dr. Michael Fredricks, Chair of Sports Studies at the Sports Academy, and Dr. Barbara Wise, an alumnus of the Academy, recently returned from international teaching assignments in Shanghai, China for the Academy. They taught sports-related courses in conjunction with the Shanghai Administration of Sport (SAS). The courses are part of the seven-part series to be hosted by the (SAS) for the Academy’s International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program this year

Congratulations to recent 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 a number of recent graduates.

Bachelor’s Students

Matthew S. Banks (Centerville, Ohio) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching

George Batson (Charlotte, N.C.) – B.S.S. Sports Management

Derek J. Belton (Elgin, S.C.) – B.S.S. Sports Management

Eric J. Lopez (Colorado Springs, Colo.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching

David M. Morales (Port Saint Lucie, Fla.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching

Bobby Jo Swartzmiller (Mobile, Ala.) – B.S.S. Sports Management

Kendall O. Williams (Chicago, Ill.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching

 

Master’s Students
Rob Bouknight (Leesville, S.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching

Kyle Chilton (Spanish Fork, Utah) – M.S.S. Sports Management

Stephen P. Decker (Round Lake, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching

Jennifer S. Harris (Gulf Shores, Ala.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

John O. Harrison (Montgomery, Ala.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

Diana S. Huhn (Springfield, Mo.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

Derrick Jones (Concord, Colo.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching

German Martinez (Asatoria, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Management; M.S.S. Sports Coaching

BreLynn C. Nasypany (Herkimer, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

John S. Northrop (Watertown, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching; M.S.S. Sports Fitness and Health

Jonathon R. Pick (Mandeville, La.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

Daniel Prevett (Nicholasville, Ky.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

Sandra L. Quickenton (Broadalbin, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching

Mary Nan Searles (Dallas, Ga.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies; M.S.S. Sports Fitness and Health

Tim J. Setala (Newport, Minn.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

Charles E. Smith (Clover, S.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

Roderick Brett Tichenor (Fishers, Ind.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

Bradley Dale Vaught (Newport, Minn.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

Chad J. Wagner (Sequim, Wash.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

Paul A. Warner (Fort Polk, La.) – M.S.S. Sports Health and Fitness

Lakida Whetstone (Cary, N.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Medicine

William A. Wilson (Fayette, Ala.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

Bradley L. Zellner (Eckerty, Ind.) – M.S.S. Sports Management; M.S.S. Sports Coaching

Learn more about Academy programs at USSA.edu

Sports Academy mentorship program … a rewarding experience in more ways than one

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Since the beginning of the United States Sports Academy, one of the top programs at the Academy has been the mentorship experience and today that still rings true based on comments from students and graduates.

The mentorship program allows students to perform on-the-job training in a sports-related organization based upon their desired future careers and receive academic credit. The mentorships are offered at the bachelors, masters and doctoral levels with each having different requirements.

The Academy has certain qualifications that mentors must meet to ensure students are taught by knowledgeable and experienced persons. Among several of the required items, students and mentors compile a list of learning objectives based upon the organizational tasks to be performed, as well as, what the student desires to learn. Students are also required to submit monthly reports and a final mentorship paper.

“The vast majority of our students comment to us that the mentorship was the highlight of the program,” said Dr. Stephen Butler, Dean of Academic Affairs at the Academy.

An example of how rewarding the experience was for one student is revealed in his comment, “As a result of the mentorship, I have several job opportunities in the works. As an adult student, the design of the course work, instructor interaction, and the mentorship format is conducive to job relevancy. I can say proudly that I am wholly prepared to begin my career in collegiate athletics as a result of the United States Sports Academy.”

The program is equally valuable from the mentor side, evidenced from this recent comment, “The mentorship is a great way for the students to step into the real world and experience what it’s going to take to be successful in the sports field … Great program!”

Butler adds, “I personally had three students in the last few months who got great jobs as a result of their mentorship. Torre Becton is the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Washington; BreLynn Nasypany is the Head Soccer Coach at an NCAA Division III soccer power; and Derek Williams is the Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Cincinnati State Community College.”

For more information about the mentorship program at the Academy, visit https://ussa.edu/academics/mentorships/

Dr. Applin and Dr. Thoma Teach international courses for the Academy

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Two former professors of the United States Sports Academy returned to teach on international tours for the Academy this spring.

Dr. Skip Applin, the Academy’s former longtime Dean of Academic Affairs, and Dr. James Thoma, the former Chair of Sport Coaching, both taught on international teaching assignments.

Dr. Applin, who retired from his position as the Dean of Academic Affairs in 2007, taught a five-day certification course on Olympic Culture and Education. The course was delivered in cooperation with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), as part of the International Certification in Sports Management program.  It was the first of five courses that will be offered by the Academy in Thailand this year.

“These programs give the Sport Authority of Thailand the opportunity to bring their leaders up to par on what is going on in the world of sport,” Dr. Applin said. “We are trying to upgrade what goes on in sport in the country of Thailand, and the Academy is providing the expertise.”

Students with a wide-range of sport careers attended the course to modernize and broaden their knowledge of the Olympic Movement. Significant sport occupations, such as Province Directors of the SAT and leaders of several Sports Federations were represented in the class.

Dr. Thoma, who is currently the Director of the Sports Business program at Mount Union University, traveled to Shanghai, China to teach for the Academy.

His teaching duties were in conjunction with the Shanghai Administration of Sports (SAS). He taught Sport Administration for Coaches courses, which comprised the first two sections of the seven-part series to be hosted by the (SAS) for the Academy’s International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program this year.

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