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Alumni Profile: Anthony ‘Nino’ D’Onofrio

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Anthony ‘Nino’ D’Onofrio

Hometown: Boston, MA

United States Sports Academy degree: M.S. Sports Management ‘97

Current Position: For the last four years, D’Onofrio has served as the Golf Tournament Planning Executive at Every Brand Apparel. The company is a single-source operation that provides golf tournament apparel, tournament prizes and hole-in-one insurance for over 450 golf tournaments around the country.

In addition, D’Onofrio recently was named the Race Director of the 2014 Gulf Coast Interstate Relay, which passed through Daphne and had a transition stop at the United States Sports Academy. He will continue to manage the event, which is two races in one weekend – a cycling relay and a running relay.

GCIR is the largest relay in the South and one of two in the country to cross four states.  Cyclists and runners compete on the same course – 263 miles from New Orleans, LA to Pensacola Beach, FL. For more info on the Relay, visit http://www.gulfcoastinterstaterelay.com/.

Alumni Network: “My experience at the Sports Academy was great, and I’m still friends and remain in contact with a lot of fellow students, including my roommate Scott Novack. I’m also friends with professor Dr. (Fred) Cromartie.”

Prior Positions:  D’Onofrio taught health and physical education at the high school level in Massachusetts for 10 years and coached ice hockey, cross country and softball.  He also was the Marketing Director for Skating In-line Hockey Association in Colorado Springs, CO. In 2008 and 2009, he was Director for Sebastian’s on Broadway Golf Tournament to benefit Flutie Foundation for Autism.

Personal: D’Onofrio has two daughters Isabella (8) and Mia (6).

 

People, Places and Programs

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MAJOR PROGRAM EVENTS

 The first annual American Open Beach Handball Championship will be held April 24-27 in Gulf Shores, Ala.

 The National Physical Education and Sport Week hosted by SHAPE America will be held 1-7 May 2014. 

The 3rd Annual International Surfing Association (ISA) World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championships will be held from 3-11 May 2014, in La Boquita and Granada, Nicaragua.

The 14th Annual International Conference on Sports: Economic, Management, Marketing & Social Aspects will be held from 19-22 May 2014, in Athens, Greece.

The 2014 Bupa Westminister Mile will be held on Saturday, 24 May 2014, in Westminster, London

The 61st American College of Sports Medicine’s meeting, 5th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine and World Congress on the Role of Inflammation in Exercise, Health and Disease will be held from 27-31 May 2014, at the Orange County Convention Center and Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla.

The Olympic Games and the Media, a five-week online course, will begin Monday, 2 June 2014.

The 2nd Strength, Conditioning, and Sports Therapy Research Symposium will be hosted by Coventry University on Thursday, 5 June 2014, in Coventry, United Kingdom.

The 2nd Edition of the Olympism 4 Humanity Summer Programme will be held from 28 June – 8 July 2014 in Olympia, Greece.

The 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science entitled, “Sport Science Around the Canals,” will be held from 2-5 July 2014, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The 5th Annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference hosted by NCS4 will be held on 8-10 July 2014 in Indianapolis, Ind.

The 2014 National Coaching Conference will be held from 18-20 June 2014, and will be held at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Va.

The 19th annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science will be held from 2-5 July 2014, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The 2014 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition will be hosted by the NCS4 from 8-10 July 2014, in Indianapolis, Ind.

The 2014 World Congress of Sociology of Sport will be held from 9-13 July 2014, in Beijing, China.

The Fifth International Conference on Sport and Society will be held from 16-17 July 2014, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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.

The 2014 World Congress on Special Needs Education will be held from 11-14 August 2014, at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa.

The 2014 World Leisure Congress will be held from 7-12 September 2014, in Mobile, Ala.

The 2014 International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport (ISHPES) Congress, “Global Perspectives on Sports and Physical Cultures: From Past to Present,” will be held from 22-25 September 2014, in Doha, Qatar.

The 3rd World Scientific Congress of Combat Sports and Martial Arts will be hosted by the University of Rzeszow from 15-17 October 2014, in Rzeszów, Poland.

The 12th International Symposium for Olympic Research will be hosted by the International Centre for Olympic Studies (ICOS) from 30-31 October 2014, at Western University in Ontario, Canada.

The 3rd edition of the seminar ‘Paths to Success: Inspiring Future Leaders in Sport’ will be hosted by the German Olympic Sports Confederation and the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education from 14-16 November 2014 in Berlin, Germany.

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

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

 

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United States Sports Academy Celebrates Good Friday With Cookout and Team-Building Activities

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The United State Sports Academy faculty and staff celebrated Good Friday last week with an employee cookout and some special team-building competitions at the campus in Daphne, AL.

Organized by Dean of Administration and Finance Holly McLellan, the events were described by many as one of the best gathering of faculty and staff in the 40+ years of the Academy. Both McLellan and Robert Kline from the Academy’s operations area were awarded Certificates of Merit for their effort in planning and implementing of the program.

Along with the cookout, the departments divided up into several teams and competed in team-building exercises, which included an Easter egg hunt, an egg relay, a corn hole competition and Backyard Jenga.

The team creatively coined ETC, representing the Executive, Technology and Communications departments won the overall competition between the departments.

United States Sports Academy Sports Talk Program Held Every Wednesday at 11:30 CST

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SportsTalk PanelSports fans mark your calendars for 11:30 a.m. on 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 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 panel will focus on the NCAA’s Antitrust Status and along with Dr. Ogden, the panel will include: Dr. Bill Steffen, Chair of Sports Coaching; and Dr. Fred Cromartie, Director of Doctoral Studies.

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 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.      Where is the NCAA headed with these rulings and these cases?

2.      What exactly are the Title IX implications?  The implications for tax liabilities for players and universities?

3.      What impact will this have on the “Olympic Sports”?

4.      If the plaintiffs in these cases prevail, what does that do to the overall NCAA structure?

5.      In your opinion what does this mean for the NCAA’s traditional model of “amateur”?

6.      Is there anything the NCAA can do at this point to prevail in these cases?  Pivot and re-shape its approaches to the athletes?  “Sanction” the CFL members?  Comply with many or most of the “concerns” of student-athletes?

7.      Ultimately, will there be a new model of collegiate sport if the NCAA loses all of the present cases?

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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Rowell Named Director of Communications 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 Gid Rowell as the Academy’s new Director of Communications.

Rowell joins the Academy with 16 years of experience in higher education, working in intercollegiate athletics, advancement and communications at Clayton State University in Morrow, GA and Gordon College in Barnesville, GA, both in the University System of Georgia.

In addition to his position as Director of Communications, he will also handle alumni affairs duties for the Academy.

“I am extremely excited about the chance to join the team at the Academy, and I thank Dr. Rosandich for this wonderful opportunity,” said Rowell. “With my experience of working in athletics, alumni relations and communications, I feel this is a great opportunity for me utilize my experience at the premier sport-specific institution in the country.”

For the past 14 years, Rowell worked at Clayton State and most recently served as the Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations at the NCAA Division II school that competes out of the Peach Belt Conference. His job responsibilities at Clayton State included work in communications, website maintenance, social media, photography, webcasting, external fundraising, corporate sponsor development, game day management and operations and event planning.

He also served as the school’s first Director of Alumni Relations, working in that role from 2006-12 and served as the school’s Sports Information Director from 2000-06. In 2010, he was honored as Clayton State’s top staff person, receiving the Alice J. Smith Award.

Prior to working at Clayton State, he served as the Director of Communications at Gordon College, a two-year college in Georgia, and also worked as the Sports Editor of Mainstreet Newspapers, in Jefferson, GA.

A native of Bremen, GA, Rowell holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of West Georgia, along with a master’s degree in Public Administration from West Georgia. He also has completed the course work for his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama and working to complete his dissertation. The topic of his dissertation is the impact of intercollegiate athletics on developing prosocial behaviors among alumni.

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.

USSA Plans Sports Talk on College Football Playoff System on Wednesday

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Fans of NCAA Division I football along with intercollegiate athletic administrators, coaches and media, don’t miss the next edition of the United States Sports Academy’s Sports Talk scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Dr. Arthur Ogden, Chair of Sports Management at the Academy, moderates the broadcast, and this week’s edition of Sports Talk will discuss the composition and criteria that the College Football Playoff Committee may put in place for the 2014 four-team playoff system.

The panel will include Dr. Steve Butler, Dean of Academic Affairs at the Academy; Dr. Fred Cromartie, Director of Doctoral Studies at the Academy; and Ogden.

To view the panel discussion live, visit the Academy’s Google Plus page. The program will also be available for viewing afterwards at the Academy’s YouTube page. The Academy’s Sports Talk program features discussions on current sports topic each week by Academy faculty and staff.

Some questions that panel will discuss on Wednesday include:

  1. What are we to make of the composition of the Committee itself?
  2. What are the implications of having two committee members with SEC ties – Jeff Long, Chair, and Archie Manning, Ole Miss QB?
  3. In terms of the actual final four teams to be selected, what problems can we anticipate?
  4. Will teams 5, 6, 7, etc., present as ‘problems’?
  5. Should consideration have been given to expanding the number of teams to be included in the playoff? What number?
  6.  Are we to believe that this system is or will be a better approach than the former BCS?
  7.  Which four teams do you believe will be in the group of four next December?.

 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 to the Academy Staff Members Who Participated in the 2014 Gulf Coast Interstate Relay

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On April 8th, 2014 staff members of the Academy were awarded with Certificates of Participation in the 2014 Gulf Coast Interstate Relay. Dr. Stephen Butler organized the Academy’s involvement with a major transition in the relay. We congratulate him and the following on an outstanding contribution to our transition and the relay itself:

Ms. Annita Alldredge
Ms. Robin Causey
Mr. Matt Cope
Dr. Fred Cromartie
Dr. Peter DiPaolo
Dr. William Wirt Edwards
Dr. Tim Foley
Mr. Bob Kline
Ms. Melinda Myers
Ms. Jessica Nelson
Ms. Donna Parks
Dr. William Steffen

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March 2014 Athletes of the Month Announced

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After one week of online voting, the Academy announced their 2014 March male and female Athlete of the Month recipients. Serbian tennis player, Novak Djokovic, captured first place in the men’s division, while Serena Williams, American tennis player, took first in the women’s.

Djokovic, the number 2 tennis player in the world, won his fourth Sony Open Title on Sunday, 30 March 2014, in Key Biscayne, Fla. Djokovic defeated the number 1 player, Rafael Nadal, with a 6-3, 6-3 win. Williams won the Sony Open Title on Sunday, 30 March 2014, in Key Biscayne, Fla. Williams defeated Li Na 7-5, 6-1 to earn her record breaking seventh Sony Open Title.

The second place winner in the men’s division went to Lionel Messi, Argentinian soccer player. Messi’s hat trick led Barcelona to a victory over their rivals, Real Madrid, at the El Clásico on Saturday, 29 March 2014. Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 4-3.

Also in second place in the women’s division is Hannah Campbell. Campbell, American collegiate pitcher at the University of South Alabama, pitched her second perfect game and fifth no-hitter of her career against Nicholls State on Wednesday, 12 March 2014. Campbell is the first athlete to be drafted from the University of South Alabama.

Matt Every, American golfer, landed in third place in the Athlete of the Month’s men’s division. Every won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla. on 20-23 March 2014, claiming his first PGA Tour title. Every finished the final round 2-under 70 and finished at 13-under 275 for the win.

Missy Franklin, American Swimmer, took third place in the women’s division after she broke the 200-yard freestyle NCAA record at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on 19-22 March 2014, in Minneapolis, Minn. with a winning time of 1 minute and 40.3 seconds.

First place recipients, Djokovic and Williams, 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 visitwww.ussa.edu.

People, Places and Programs

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Norbert Müller, the Academy’s 2013 International Honorary Doctorate Award recipient, was appointed by Pope Francisco to the Pontifical Council of Laity to represent the Catholic Church in the area of sport for the next five years.

Doug McDermott, a senior basketball player at Creighton University and the son of 2014 Alumnus of the Year, Greg McDermott was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated on Monday, 17 March 2014.

MAJOR PROGRAM EVENTS
The 2014 International Surfing Association (ISA) World Junior Surfing Championships will be held from 5-13 April 2014, in Salinas, Ecuador.

The 2014 International Olympic Committee (IOC) World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport will be held from 10-12 April 2014, in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

The American Open Beach Handball Championship will be held 24-27 April 2014, in Gulf Shores, Ala.

“WISE – Work In Sports Exhibition” has announced that it will host the first ever International Convention for Careers in Sports from 7-8 May 2014, in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The 3rd Annual International Surfing Association (ISA) World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championships will be held from 3-11 May 2014, in La Boquita and Granada, Nicaragua.

The 14th Annual International Conference on Sports: Economic, Management, Marketing & Social Aspects will be held from 19-22 May 2014, in Athens, Greece.

The 2014 Bupa Westminister Mile will be held on Saturday, 24 May 2014, in Westminster, London.

The 61st American College of Sports Medicine’s meeting, 5th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine and World Congress on the Role of Inflammation in Exercise, Health and Disease will be held from 27-31 May 2014, at the Orange County Convention Center and Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla.

The Olympic Games and the Media, a five-week online course, will begin Monday, 2 June 2014.

The 2nd Strength, Conditioning, and Sports Therapy Research Symposium will be hosted by Coventry University on Thursday, 5 June 2014, in Coventry, United Kingdom.

The 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science entitled, “Sport Science Around the Canals,” will be held from 2-5 July 2014, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The 5th Annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference hosted by NCS4 will be held on 8-10 July 2014 in Indianapolis, Ind.

The 2014 National Coaching Conference will be held from 18-20 June 2014, and will be held at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Va.

The 2014 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition will be hosted by the NCS4 from 8-10 July 2014, in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Fifth International Conference on Sport and Society will be held from 16-17 July 2014, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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.

The 2014 World Congress on Special Needs Education will be held from 11-14 August 2014, at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa.

The 2014 World Leisure Congress will be held from 7-12 September 2014, in Mobile, Ala.

The 2014 International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport (ISHPES) Congress, “Global Perspectives on Sports and Physical Cultures: From Past to Present,” will be held from 22-25 September 2014, in Doha, Qatar.

The 3rd World Scientific Congress of Combat Sports and Martial Arts will be hosted by the University of Rzeszow from 15-17 October 2014, in Rzeszów, Poland.

The 12th International Symposium for Olympic Research will be hosted by the International Centre for Olympic Studies (ICOS) from 30-31 October 2014, at Western University in Ontario, Canada.

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

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

The Gulf Coast Interstate Relay Race Was a Success

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Gulf Coast Interstate Relay 2013 — billed as the longest relay in the South — passed through the United States Sports Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala., on Friday, April 5.

The Academy and its two-dozen volunteers served as a Major Transition area for the inaugural GCI Relay, which includes both cycling and running relay teams.

Cyclists and runners raced a 263-mile course from New Orleans, La. to Pensacola Beach, Fla., April 4-6. The event, which was the first one in history to be sanctioned by USA Cycling, crosses four states—Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida—in three days.

Here are some photos from the event:

Solo cyclist and the overall winner of the Gulf Coast Interstate Relay, Mr. Kurt Searvogel, and his wife at an Academy transition station on Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Mr. Art Mauterer with his cycling team at the Academy transition station 24 in the Gulf Coast Interstate Relay, on Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Dr. William Steffen, Academy Chair of Sports Coaching, and Ms. Annita Alldredge, Academy Director of Finance, at the Gulf Coast Interstate Relay transition station 27 in Magnolia Springs, Ala., on Saturday, April 5, 2014.

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Academy Unveils Newest Sculpture by Local Artist, Bruce Larsen

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The Academy’s newest sculpture was unveiled by (from left to right) Mr. Robert Campbell III, Esq., Mayor Dane Haygood, Mr. Bruce Larsen, Ms. Nancy Raia and Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich.

Local art and sport enthusiasts gathered at the United States Sports Academy for the unveiling of their most recent sculpture by the 2009 Sport Artist of the Year and local “found object” artist, Bruce Larsen. The newest addition to the Sport Sculpture Park was unveiled to an eager crowd on Thursday afternoon, April 3, 2014, on the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala.

The much-anticipated addition, which is comprised of four separate and equally awe-inspiring pieces, is the largest sculpture in the nearly 2,000 piece collection of the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA), which is open free to the public Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The ceremony commenced when Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, President and CEO of the Academy, unveiled the plaque dedicating the 24-foot sculpture. Then, the first piece of the sculpture, depicting a tricyclist, was unveiled by the artist himself, Bruce Larsen.

The second piece of the sculpture, a 12-foot tall Civil War cyclist, was unveiled by Mr. Robert Campbell III, Esq., the Chairman of the Academy’s Board of Trustees and an attorney in Mobile, Ala.

The third piece, depicting a wheelchair cyclist, was unveiled by Ms. Nancy Raia, the Community Arts Director at the Eastern Shore Art Center and Chairperson of the Academy’s Art Committee.

Lastly, Mr. Dane Haygood, the Mayor of Daphne, unveiled the final piece depicting an Olympic cyclist.

The theme for the sculpture was selected in part by the Academy’s role as a transition point in the upcoming 263-mile Gulf Coast Interstate Relay. The Relay, which includes runners and cyclists, will begin in New Orleans, La., on Friday, April 4, 2014, and will conclude in Pensacola, Fla., on Sunday, April 6, 2014.

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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