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Bubba Watson and Breanna Stewart Voted April Athletes of the Month

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United States golf professional, Bubba Watson, and United States collegiate basketball standout, Breanna Stewart, were chosen as the United States Sports Academy’s April 2014 Athletes of the Month.

Bubba Watson took first place in the male division after winning his second Master’s Golf Tournament on April 10th in Augusta, Ga. Watson fired a final round 3-under par 69 to capture the win by three shots. Watson finished the tournament at 8-under par 280.

In the female division, Stewart led the University of Connecticut to the 2014 NCAA Division I National Championship defeating Notre Dame on April 8th. A freshman forward, she averaged 20.8 points and 6.2 rebounds and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Women’s Final Four. She became only the fourth freshman to be honored as the Most Outstanding Player of the women’s Final Four.

Finishing second in the male division was Meb Keflezighi, the 2014 winner of the Boston Marathon on April 21st. Keflezighi, the three-time Boston Marathon winner and first American male to win the marathon since 1983, finished the race in an incredible time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds.

The runner-up to Stewart in the female division is Russian tennis champion, Maria Sharapova, who defeated Ana Ivanovic 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, to earn her third consecutive title in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on April 27th in Stuggart, Germany.

Third place April recipients are the women’s Boston Marathon winner, Rita Jeptoo, in the female category and Pilipino boxer, Manny Pacquiao, in the men’s category.

Jeptoo, a native of Kenya, finished the marathon in an outstanding winning time of 2 hours, 18 minutes and 57 seconds. Pacquiao, who is the first boxer to win titles in eight different divisions, defeated Timothy Bradley on April 12th in a unanimous decision to earn him the current title of World Boxing Organization welterweight champion.

Stewart and Watson 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.

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Featured Sport Artist: Stephen Holland

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American Artist Stephen Holland’s painting “Women’s Beach Volleyball’ housed in the American Sport Art and Museum and Archives. The painting is a part of a collection created for the 100th anniversary of the Olympic Games.

For more than five decades, The Academy’s 1993 Sport Artist of the Year, Stephen Holland, has painted real-life paintings of the “tough guys” and the “big names” of nearly every sport.

Although he has mastered hundreds of paintings for serigraphs, commissions, and lithographs, the American sport artist is perhaps best known for his paintings of the former professional boxer, Muhammad Ali. Holland has painted athletes of all assortments such as the former professional baseball player Yogi Berra, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman and former NASCAR racer Richard Petty.

One of only 12 artists chosen to represent the 100th anniversary of the Olympics, Holland painted a special collection featuring Olympic athletes in action that was presented at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga.

In addition to being named the official artist of the National Hockey League team, the Los Angeles’ Kings, Holland was also chosen by the National Football League team, the Baltimore Ravens, to adorn the Walk of Fame with his paintings to commemorate the team’s victory in Super Bowl XXXV. He was also the official artist of the 50th anniversary of the Major League Baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008.

Holland’s pieces can be found in museums and private collections all across the globe, including 31 pieces in the American Sport Art Museum and Archives in Daphne, Ala.

While living in New York City early in his career, Holland made a strong commitment to receiving an education in art. He attended numerous art schools such as the School of Industrial Art, Pratt Institute, the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League before moving to Southern California in the 1960’s, where he currently lives.

Holland was chosen as the May featured sport artist to celebrate the 2014 American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship that took place on 2-4 May 2014, in Gulf Shores, Ala.

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 alum BreLynn Nasypany named head women’s soccer coach at Mount Saint Mary College

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United States Sports Academy student BreLynn Nasypany is finishing up her master’s degree in Sports Studies at the Academy and recently received some more good news.

Nasypany was named the new head women’s soccer coach at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. The Knights are a NCAA Division III program and compete out of the Skyline and the Eastern College Athletic Conferences. The squad finished last season with an 8-0 mark in conference and a 16-6 mark overall.

“I am very honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead the women’s soccer program at Mount Saint Mary College,” said Nasypany. “The athletic department’s commitment to developing strong leaders as well as scholars through sport is something that I value as a former Division III athlete and coach.”

In 2013, Nasypany served as an assistant coach for William Smith College and helped the Heron’s capture the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer National Championship. She served in the assistant coach role through the Sports Academy’s mentorship program.

“The mentorship program was extremely rewarding,” said Nasypany. “It was an eye-opening experience, being able to see the sheer amount of work that goes into coaching. It provided me a better understanding and appreciation for the coaching profession.”

Dr. Stephen Butler, Dean of the Academic Affairs at the Sports Academy added, “BreLynn is the perfect example of what the Academy’s mentorship program is all about. She was an excellent student and found a mentor that could bring what she learned in our classes to life. As her mentorship advisor, I am extremely proud of BreLynn and very confident that she will be a successful head coach.”

In reflecting on her Sports Studies program at the Academy, Nasypany credits the structure and flexibility of the academic program in helping her become prepared for her coaching opportunity.

“I loved the fact that I was able to tailor my education track to fit my career interests and goals,” said Nasypany. “An example of how useful the program is that just the other day, I pulled out my text book for reference in setting up a summer conditioning program.”

Another benefit of the mentorship course, according to Nayspany, is how the program allowed her the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in working with the support staff of an athletic department, working with colleagues such as athletic training staff, weight and conditioning staff and compliance personnel.

“As a player, you do what the coaches and support staff of a department tell you to do,” said Nayspany. “The mentorship program allowed me the opportunity to understand the reasons why.”

In addition to serving as an assistant on last year’s staff that earned NCAA Division III Coaching Staff of the Year and Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year honors, she also served as the junior varsity head coach at William Smith from 2011-13. The team earned an 11-0 record in the 2013 season and only allowed one goal.

Nasypany hopes that she can translate her national championship experiences into the Mount Saint Mary program stating, “From game preparation and recovery to team building and chemistry, I have knowledge about the little things that it takes to reach that level and will look forward to implementing those at the Mount.”

Prior to coaching, Nasypany was a four-year letterwinner at William Smith. In 2008 and 2010, she was selected to the NSCAA All-American First Team and earned ECAC Player of the Year honors. She was named NSCAA All-Region from 2008-2010 and to ECAC Upstate All-Star First Team.

In 2008, Nasypany earned the Stephanie Christie Award and was selected Liberty League Player of the Year. She was selected All-Liberty League First Team four times. In 2007, she was selected Liberty League Rookie of the Year, NYSWCAA All-State and to NSCAA All-Region Second Team.

A native of Herkimer, N.Y., Nasypany graduated from William Smith in 2011 with a bachelor of arts in psychology with a minor in child advocacy. She is scheduled to graduate later this month with her master’s degree from United States Sports Academy in sports studies.

United States Sports Academy Sports Talk program to focus Wednesday on MLB and instant replay

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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.

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.

This week the Sports Talk panel will focus on Major League Baseball (MLB) and instant replay. To view the panel discussion live, visit the Academy’s Google Plus page at http://google.com/+UssaEdu.

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.

 

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Local Athletes perform well at the 2014 Alabama High School Track and Field Championships in Gulf Shores

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Pictured above (Morgan Daniels, Athina Amanor, Jamira Boykins, Hunter Chavarry)

The United States Sports Academy would like to congratulate the athletes from Baldwin and Mobile County who competed at the 2014 state track and field championship this weekend. This was an exciting meet, as many local athletes competed with the some of the best athletes in the state of Alabama. Murphy High School put together a stellar performance in the 6A girl’s 4×400 meter relay breaking their school record with a time of 3:57.27. The quartet, consisting of Hunter Chavarry, Jamira Boykins, Athina Amanor, and Morgan Daniels finished in 2nd place behind powerhouse Hoover High School. Hoover High School won the 6A girls and boys team titles with impressive performances by Brittley Humphrey and Marlon Humphrey.

Lauren Moorer of Spanish Fort High School won the girls 5A Discus with a throw of 104 feet 6 inches. Shelley Spires, a senior from St. Paul’s Episcopal School won 3 events (400 meters, 300 meter hurdles, High Jump) in the girl’s 5A completion and placed second in the girl’s long jump. Here teammate Anna Braswell won the 1600 and 3200 meters, while Charlotte Krause won the girl’s triple jump.

St. Paul’s Episcopal also did well in the boys 5A competition with football stars Tre’ Williams and Joshua Casher placing first and second in the shot put. Kentorio White of LeFlore Preparatory Academy won the 5A boy’s long jump and triple jump events.

The United States Sports Academy supports all local and state-wide sporting events and again would like to congratulate all the athletes who competed this past weekend.

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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Spradley named Acting Director of Continuing Education at United States Sports Academy

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United State Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich has announced the appointment of Brandon Spradley as the Academy’s new Acting Director of Continuing Education.

Spradley, of Mobile, Ala., has completed the coursework for his Doctor of Education in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy. His dissertation topic will focus on sport-related concussions.

“I am truly blessed and honored on becoming the Acting Director of Continuing Education,” Spradley said. “This is not an easy position as I will have a lot to learn in a short amount of time, but I’m certainly up for the challenge.”

In 2011, Spradley was chosen as one of five Academy doctoral teaching assistants from more than 100 applicants. One year later, he traveled to Malaysia on a three-week teaching assignment to assist in the training of 1,000 Malaysian physical education teachers on the latest techniques and sports science for youth sports.

Spradley graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in December of 2009 and a master’s degree in Human Performance in May of 2011.

In addition to receiving numerous awards as a student at the University of Alabama, Spradley was also an All-Southeastern Conference Track and Field performer, a two-time qualifier for the NCAA Division I National Championships and named to the All-Academic Team for U.S. Track and Field.

Prior to accepting his position as doctoral teaching assistant at the Academy, Spradley worked as a lab assistant in the University of Alabama’s Microbiology Lab.

“My experience at the United States Sports Academy has been very rewarding,” Spradley said. “Throughout my three years as a doctoral teaching assistant, I’ve been on international assignments to Malaysia, developed several manuscripts and abstracts, and worked on major grants and projects. My favorite project was developing a concussion education program for schools and youth sport programs in the Mobile and Baldwin county communities. I believe my experience as a teaching assistant will help me transition into my new position.”

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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Collegiate Sand Volleyball Championships to be held in Gulf Shores; Academy selects Stephen Holland Artist of Month in recognition of event

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The 2014 Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships will be held on the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores, Ala., this weekend. Competition is slated for May 2-4. Pictured is artwork from Stephen Holland, who is a renowned sports artist and has several Beach Volleyball pieces on display at the Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA).

For the second weekend in a row, sports fans will flock to the beautiful white beaches of Gulf Shores, Ala., for an athletic competition.

The 2014 Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships will be held on the beach in Gulf Shores with competition slated for May 2-4. Teams from Southern Cal, Pepperdine, Florida State, Hawaii, Florida International and Stetson have been selected to compete in the third annual event organized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

In recognition of the event in the Eastern Shore region, the United States Sports Academy, located in Daphne, AL, will recognize Stephen Holland as its Artist of the Month for May.

Holland, a renowned American sports artist, has several Olympic Beach Volleyball paintings on display at Academy’s art museum, the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA). Holland was named the Academy’s Sports Artist of the Year in 1993 and was one of the twelve artists selected by the United States Olympic Committee to represent the 100th Anniversary of the Olympics.

The Sport Artist of the Year Award is presented to an individual who captures the spirit and life of sport so that future generations can relive the drama of today’s competition. The recipient may use a variety of art media including film, video or sculpture to depict the breadth and scope of both the agony and the ecstasy of sport.

Along with the national championship event, the 2014 Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships will also feature a sixteen team Pairs Championship. The Pairs field includes the top duos from the schools in the team competition, as well as, ten doubles teams identified as the ‘Best of the Rest’ from schools not in the team competition. All participants in the Championships were selected based on results from the collegiate sand volleyball season, which began in March.

The Team Championships will be held Friday and Saturday with play starting at 9 a.m. (CT) on five championship beach courts that are constructed specifically for this event. The finals will begin at 3:30 p.m. (CT) on Saturday.

The Pairs Championship portion of the event will be played on Friday-Sunday with pool play on the first two days, followed by the Championship on Sunday. Play on Sunday will start at 8 a.m. (CT) with the semifinals scheduled to start at noon and the championship match at 2 p.m. (CT).

CBS Sports Network will televise portions of the competition in a two-hour special that will have three airings: Monday, May 26th at 7 p.m. (ET); Friday, May 30th at 7:30 p.m. (ET) and Monday, June 2nd at 7 p.m. (ET).

The 2014 Beach Volleyball season featured 40 participating programs, a landmark number that cements the status of sand volleyball as the fastest-growing NCAA emerging sport and puts it on track for NCAA Championship status by 2016.

This year’s Championship returns to Gulf Shores, the site of the championships since 2012. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism lead a group of community partners that includes the Gulf Coast Region of USA Volleyball, the city, and several local businesses that will host the event through 2015.

Last weekend, the first annual American Open Beach Handball Championship (AOBHC) hit the white sands of Gulf Shores, Ala.

United States Sports Academy Sports Talk program to discuss ‘Autonomy and NCAA’s Power 5’ today

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

Moderated by Dr. Arthur Ogden, Chair of Sports Management at USSA, the program features commentary on a wide range of current events in the sporting world from a panel of experts from The Sports Academy.

This week, the Sports Talk topic is entitled, “Autonomy and the NCAA’s Power 5.” The panel will focus on the NCAA’s five power conferences (SEC, ACC, Big 12, Big 10 and PAC 10) and how last week’s ruling by the NCAA Board of Directors will be another step in providing autonomy to the group.

Along with Dr. Ogden, the panel will include: Dr. Stephen Butler, Dean of Academic Affairs; and Dr. Fred Cromartie, Director of Doctoral Studies.

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

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

Some questions that the panel will discuss on Wednesday include:

1.      Does there seem to be a conflict between the stated missions of the institutions and their athletics programs?

2.      Is all of this really market driven?  And if so, what has become of college sports?

3.      What does this do to the NCAA’s long held notions of “amateurism”?

4.      Will any of this be affected by Title IX, and if so how?

5.      At the same time, what if the NFL goes through with Troy Vincent’s suggestion that the NFL creates its own “Developmental League” – will this have any effect on this level of college sports?

6.      What will this ultimately do to the NCAA as we have come to know it?

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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American Open Handball Championship, A Smashing Success in Gulf Shores Over Weekend

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The first annual American Open Beach Handball Championship (AOBHC) hit the white sands of Gulf Shores, Ala., over the weekend, and from all accounts, the Championships were a smashing success. The U.S. National team won in the women’s division, while a team from Colombia won in the men’s division. Pictured (L-R) are: Darrick Heath, a former U.S. Olympic handball player; Robert Craft, Mayor of Gulf Shores; Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, United States Sports Academy President and CEO; Dennis Berkholtz, a former U.S. Olympic handball player and coach; and Christian Latulippe, U.S. Team Handball coach.

The first annual American Open Beach Handball Championship (AOBHC) hit the white sands of Gulf Shores, Ala., over the weekend, and from all accounts, the Championships were a smashing success.

The U.S. National team won in the women’s division, while Isla Colombia won on the men’s side. The Miami Panthers were the runner-up on the men’s side, followed by the U.S. National team. The women’s runner-up was Isla Colombia.

Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Kraft presented the winning teams with the Annual Mayor’s Cup, which will be presented each year and displayed in the Gulf Shores City Hall.

“The Championships were a great success with a lot of exciting competition which included a great turnout from the local community,” said Dede Piankova, Chairperson of USA Beach Handball. “I would especially like to thank our sponsors, Mayor Robert Kraft and his office, The Hangout and the Orange Beach Sports Commission. We couldn’t have held the event without all their assistance.”

Piankova says the American Open Beach Handball Championship will continue as annual event and take place on the last weekend of April. She hopes to build on this year’s event and bring more Beach Handball championships to the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores in the future.

In addition to the competition, the AOBHC also included workshops to learn more about the sport of Beach Handball and also featured tournament and instruction to more than 200 youth during the weekend event.

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American Open Handball Championship Set For April 24-27 in Gulf Shores

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PrintAll eyes of USA Beach Handball will be on Alabama’s gulf shores this weekend as the first annual American Open Beach Handball Championship (AOBHC) will be held in Gulf Shores, AL.

The tournament will be held April 24-27 and be managed by Dede Piankova, Chairperson of USA Beach Handball and a member of the local organizing committee. Admission to the matches is free to the public and will feature teams from all over the country

The first match will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, and the tournament features divisions for men, women and youth. Three playing courts will be stationed on the public beach at The Hangout, 101 E. Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL. Matches will take place all day on Friday and Saturday with the finals scheduled for Sunday at 11 a.m. (CDT).

In addition to the matches, the event will also feature instructional courses on Thursday by the International Handball Federation (IHF). The IHF will offer a Beach Handball Masters Course and certification for coaches, referees and delegates.  Luiz Filipe, Chairman of the Pan Am Beach Handball Working Group, and Burak Tazcan, a member of the IHF Beach Handball Working Group, will serve as lecturers for the training. The cost for the course is $50.

Through this competition and other supporting efforts, the organizing committee members hope to promote Beach Handball to the general public and gain support for its induction into the 2016 Summer Olympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Organizers also announce that Mike Noble will be attending the event and be the official voice of the main court at the AOBHC. Noble is a veteran in the sport and served as the handball announcer at five Olympic Games.

In addition to Noble being in attendance, the matches will be officiated by two of the highest ranking European Beach Handball officials, Evangelos Syrepisios and Michalis Mertinian. Both referees will share their experience and techniques with their American colleagues and competitors.

During the tournament, George Bebetsos from the European Handball Federation (EHF) will serve as a member of the Competition Management Team and will offer a course on marketing Beach Handball

The City of Gulf Shores will be sponsoring the medals and trophies for all three divisions.  The city will also provide a special Gulf Shores Mayors Cup, which will be presented to the champions by the mayor.  After the event is concluded, the Mayors Cup will be displayed in city hall.

In support of the championship, Piankova has worked with local high school and middle school youth to introduce them to the sport of Beach Handball. Earlier this month, the teachers organized a tournament on grass in the Gulf Shores City Park. The event featured 10 teams in a boys division and 10 teams in a girls that division with eight to ten players on each team.

“I am personally honored that Dede Piankova has chosen Gulf Shores Middle School as a starting point to teach the new and exciting sport of Beach Handball,” said GMS coach Valerie Caldwell. “It is my goal to continue to work with Dede and to educate teachers and students on how to play the game and enjoy all the fun that Beach Handball can bring to our Baldwin County community.”

Piankova said the event was a tremendous success as youth demonstrated great interest in learning the rules of the game, basic defense, fast break strategy, substitutions and referee signals and gestures.

For more information about the tournament, visit Gulf Shores’ official website: http://www.gulfshoresal.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=127.

For more information, on the American Open Beach Handball Championship, visit: http://www.aobhc.org.

For more information about the sport of Beach Handball, watch this video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rO7o8LCrFA.

To view an interview with Mark Noble, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DazhcR_cPvg.

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The Academy Unveils New Process for Athlete of the Month Selections

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Former Auburn All-American Bo Jackson was the Amateur Sportsman of the Year in 1985.

The United States Sports Academy has announced a new and improved way to submit nominations for its Athlete of the Month.

Beginning today, the Academy will utilize the power of Twitter, allowing sports fans around the world to nominate athletes for this monthly award. Nominations will begin the first day of each month and will continue throughout the entire month.

To submit a nomination, visit the Twitter Feed at www.ussa.edu/aomnomination, click ‘Tweet #aomnomination’ at the bottom, log in and submit your nomination. Your vote will instantly be added to our surveyed data. Also, submitters are encouraged to hash tag #aomnomination any time on your own Twitter app. Those without Twitter accounts can submit nominations at www.ussa.edu/aomnomination and use the email submission form.

“We are excited about the new process for selecting Athletes of the Month,” said Gid Rowell, Director of Communications. “The Athlete of the Month program has been a long-standing tradition of The Academy, and we believe opening the nominations up through Twitter will generate even more interest in the awards.”

After all nominations are received, a panel from the Academy’s faculty and staff will review submissions and determine a winner based on the performance and merits of nominees. Also, Academy officials welcome submitters to attach any links to your Tweet that may help us in the decision-making process.

The Academy’s Athlete of the Month program is a long-standing program dating back to 1984. Each month, the Academy selects a male and female Athlete of the Month, who then becomes eligible to be named the Athlete of the Year at year’s end. The Athlete of the Year is recognized at the Awards of Sport Ceremony annually in November.

Before the current process, the faculty and staff at the Academy submitted nominations each month, and the voting was open to the public.

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: Legendary Swiss Artist Hans Erni

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The lithograph titled, “American Football” was created by the 1988 Sport Artist of the Year, Hans Erni. The lithograph was donated to the Academy in 1989 and currently hangs in the office of Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, the President and CEO.

The lithograph titled, “American Football” was created by the 1988 Sport Artist of the Year, Hans Erni. The lithograph was donated to the Academy in 1989 and currently hangs in the office of Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, the President and CEO.

The 1988 Sport Artist of the Year and renowned Swiss artist, Hans Erni, continues to awe the world with his inventive pieces at 105 years old.

The painter, sculptor and designer is best known for his illustrative postage stamps, lithographs and lively use of colors and shapes. A pioneer of the Abstract Expressionist Movement, Erni’s artworks display creativity, movement and interpretation and include themes such as technology, sport and nature.

His work adorns the walls of museums across the globe, including the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) in Daphne, Ala. Erni’s strong interest in sport is expressed through the 42 pieces of sport art housed in ASAMA.

“Hans Erni is a legendary artist and a national treasure for his native land of Switzerland,” said Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, President and CEO of the United States Sports Academy. “He is recognized as a great sports artist, and we are honored to have his work displayed in our American Sport Art Museum & Archives. He was the 1988 Sports Artist of Year.”

In 1976, Lucerne became host to the Hans Erni Foundation, which led to the establishment of the museum, the Hans Erni Haus in 1979. A vast amount of Erni’s pieces, approximately 300, are housed in this museum located on the grounds of the Swiss Transportation. Considered a living legend throughout his native country, Erni created tapestries, murals, mosaics and exhibitions, earning himself the title of a “Renaissance Man.”

Erni has worked closely with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for many years, including creating the mural, “Olympia – Myth and Reality”, for their session hall in Lausanne, Switzerland, exhibitions at various Olympic events and designing a gold medal in 1992.

Influenced by the works of Picasso and Braque, many of Erni’s original exhibited pieces were in the medium of paintings. Over time Erni began to favor graphic art, a medium that was very popular in Geneva, Switzerland post World War II. During the following 45 years, Erni created more than 750 prints, consisting of mostly colored lithographs.

Erni also designed more than 90 stamps for the United Nations and Switzerland throughout his career. Among some of his most notorious stamp designs are the issues for the 1972 Summer and Winter Olympics Games and the 250th anniversary of principality of Liechtenstein. He also created a series of lithographs for the Swiss Red Cross.

During the 1939 Swiss National Exhibition in Zurich, Erni received world-wide praise for his 300-foot mural, “Switzerland, the holiday destination of the nations.”

Erni’s extensive art education began in 1927 at the School of Arts and Crafts in Lucerne, Switzerland. From 1928-1929, he furthered his studies at Julian Academy in Paris and then traveled to the School of Applied Arts in Berlin.

An avid traveler during portions of his life, Erni spent time in Italy, Belgium, Africa, Germany and the United States soaking up every ounce of art knowledge available.

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