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Melissa Stockwell named U.S. Sports Academy’s Zaharias Courage Award winner

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United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich proudly announces Melissa Stockwell as the recipient of the 2014 Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award for her accomplishments as a U.S. Army officer and her perseverance as a Paralympic swimmer and champion paratriathlete. U.S. Sports Academy Trustee Dr. Robert M. Goldman made the presentation to Stockwell on Friday in Chicago, IL.

As a first lieutenant in the Army, Stockwell was the first female soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq War. She lost her left leg when a roadside bomb exploded while leading a convoy in Baghdad. For her service, she was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

She became the first Iraq veteran chosen for the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing. Stockwell competed in three swimming events, the 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 400m freestyle and was the U.S. team’s flag bearer at the closing ceremonies.

After the Beijing Paralympics, she was selected to represent the United States in the 2010 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Budapest. She won the Women’s TRI-2 (above knee amputee) class, then successfully defended her TRI-2 World Champion title in 2011 and 2012.

Stockwell is a multiple U.S. National Paratriathlon Champion in her classification and was named USA Triathlon (USAT) Paratriathlete of the Year in 2010 and 2011. Stockwell is a Level 1 USAT Triathlon coach and co-founder of Dare2Tri, a Chicago-based triathlon club specifically for athletes with disability.

Following her retirement from the military, she has worked as a prosthetist and has been on the Board of Directors of the Wounded Warrior Project since 2005.

The Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates courageous action in overcoming adversity to excel in sport.  This individual should exhibit the qualities of courage, perseverance, grace, and strength in sport achievement.

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 Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award was presented to Rosie Napravnik the first female jockey to ride in a Triple Crown race and the first female Kentucky Oaks winner.

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 Sports Academy takes part in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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On Tuesday (Sept. 2) of next week, a few members of the United States Sports Academy faculty will take part in the “Challenge” that is sweeping the nation.

Dr. Stephen Butler, Dean of Academics at the Academy; Dr. Fred Cromartie, Director of Doctoral Studies; and Dr. Wirt Edwards, Chair of Sports Exercise Science; have all received Ice Bucket Challenges from the Academy’s new group of doctoral teaching assistants.

The “Challenge” was accepted by Dr. Butler, Dr. Cromartie and Dr. Edwards, and it will take place on Tuesday, September 2nd at 4:45 p.m. on the front steps of the Academy. With the start of the new academic year beginning on Tuesday at the Academy, the event will be a great kick-off to the year for a great cause.

The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research.

The “Challenge” went viral throughout social media over the last couple of months and dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and challenging others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.

At the Academy, the Ice Bucket Challenge started among the Academy’s doctoral teaching assistants as Cory Schierberl challenged his fellow teaching assistants.

To view a video of Schierberl and teaching assistant Tonya Butler-Collins accepting the ‘Challenge,” click here.

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.

Washington’s assistant strength coach Becton earns master’s degree at Academy

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Becton2The ability to do coursework at your own pace and being 100 percent online are two things that played key roles in the graduation of a recent alumnus of the United States Sports Academy.

University of Washington Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach Torre Becton attained his master’s degree in July providing him the opportunity to continue his climb up the coaching ranks.

Coach Becton earned his master’s degree in Sports Science while juggling five different job changes and moving across the country. In his current position and fourth season at Washington, he works solely with the school’s football team, overseeing the physical strength and development programs while enhancing their performance through exercises, agility and acceleration and deceleration drills.

“We basically do as many things as we can to prepare them to play the game of football at a high level,” said Becton. “We try to keep them as healthy as possible and keep them on the field.  We also give consideration to injury reduction and joint mobility.”

Torre Becton_Washington_Game_Photo4During his four years at Washington, Becton has had the unique experience of working for multiple coaching staffs at the University, which competes in the PAC-12 Conference and finished with a 9-4 record last year.

“Torre (Becton) had an amazing mentorship experience at the University of Washington,” said Dr. Stephen Butler, the Dean of Academic Affairs at the Academy. “We thought he would experience a normal big-time Division I football season, but what he got was quite extraordinary as Washington coach Steve Sarkisian resigned to take the job at USC and Washington hired Chris Peterson away from Boise State.”

With the changes, Becton had the opportunity to become introduced to multiple football programs within a short period of time.

“Torre (Becton) was an outstanding student at the Academy and obviously did great work during his mentorship as he was asked by Coach Peterson to remain on his staff full time,” said Dr. Butler. “We are proud of him and know he will be an alumnus that will continue to do great things.”

Coach Becton is proud to have received his master’s degree and says that when the time comes for a transition, his degree will provide him with a significant advantage.

“Earning my master’s degree is one of my highlights,” said Becton. “The really cool thing was that the degree and program followed me all around the country. Before enrolling into the master’s program at the Academy, I looked into several other programs that were not 100 percent online. Because the program was 100 percent online, I could do the program at my own pace. Those were the things that really attracted me to the Academy.”

Prior to his position at Washington, Becton served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for South Carolina State University. From 2009 to 2010, he served as an assistant strength coach for the NFL’s Houston Texans. He also served as an assistant at Iowa State University.

From 2003 to 2006, Becton assisted with the implementation of programs for Baylor University’s speed, strength, and explosive training department. He assisted the strength and conditioning program for the football team and oversaw the design and implementation of the track and field team and the volleyball squad’s yearly training programs.

During his tenure at Baylor, Becton worked with 2004 Olympic 400-meter gold medalist Jeremy Wariner and Darold Williamson, who joined Wariner on the winning Olympic 4×400-meter relay team in Athens, Greece. During his Baylor tenure, Becton designed strength training and conditioning programs that helped the men’s tennis team advance to the NCAA Final Four every year and win the NCAA National Championship in 2004.

Coach Becton earned his bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education and Fitness Management from North Carolina A & T State in 2000. He was the first in his family to attend college and play collegiate football.  Becton says he quickly learned that only a small percentage of college football players move onto the NFL and understood the importance of higher education.

Becton, who currently resides in Kenmore, Wash., is Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA). He is a Certified Sports Performance Coach through the United States Weightlifting (USAW), a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a member of the National Association of Speed and Explosion and the Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA).

The United States Sports Academy, known around the world as America’s Sports University, is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports-university created to serve the nation and the 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.

 

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Dr. Janas presents Academy’s Jokl Award to North Carolina’s Dr. Prentice

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United States Sports Academy Alumnus Dr. Mark Janas recently presented Dr. William Prentice with the Academy’s 2014 Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award. Dr. Janas, who resides in Raleigh, NC, made the presentation for the Academy to Dr. Prentice on the campus of North Carolina. Dr. Prentice is an acclaimed author educator, and clinician at North Carolina.

Dr. Janas, who earned his EDD in Sports Management from the Academy in 2011, is a former Alumnus of the Year. Dr. Janas has several years of experience in the development of minor league basketball, spearheading the creation of the Tobacco Road Basketball League (www.trblproball.com). The Tobacco Road Basketball League (TRBL) is an independent basketball minor league with teams operating in Carolinas and the Southeast United States.

The TRBL showcases some of the finest minor league basketball talent in the country and promotes a “business first” model in minor league sports. The league will begin its fourth season of play in November 2014.

Dr. Janas also serves as the Managing Partner of In3, Inc., a software and business development firm whose portfolio includes a variety of medical technologies, software products, and sports-related enterprises, including ScoreTRAX.com.

For an earlier full story on Dr. Prentice receiving the Jokl Award, click here.

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Congratulations to our recent graduates!

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With rolling enrollment, United States Sports 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 its latest group of graduates.

Bachelor’s Students

Nicole E. DeRosier (Puyallup, Wash.) – BSS Sports Management

Rylie Pittard (Houston, Texas) – BSS Sports Strength & Conditioning, Honors

Jonathon A. Soukup (Huber Heights, Ohio) – BSS Sports Management

Kevin Sparks (Bloomington, Ind.) – BSS Sports Coaching, Honors

Master’s Students

George B. Alexander (Buffalo, N.Y.) – MSS Sports Coaching, NCAA Compliance Emphasis

Kimberly M. Bailey (Northport, Ala.) – MSS Sports Management, NCAA Compliance Emphasis

Torre A. Becton (Kenmore, Wash.) – MSS Sports Studies

Rose M. Carper (Dauphin, Pa.)  – MSS Sports Coaching Graduation, Honors

Thomas R. Cox (Moncks Corner, S.C.) – MSS Sports Coaching

Mark S. Gardner (Edmonds, Wash.) – MSS Sports Management, MSS Sports Coaching

Nicholas J. Heidelberger (Moscow, Ind.) – MSS Sports Management

Maxwell R. Puterbaugh (Canton, Ohio) – MSS Sports Management

Benjamin A. Showler (Vinita, Okla.) – MSS Sports Management Graduation, Honors

Erika P. Voth (Kailua, Hawaii) – MSS Sports Management, NCAA Compliance Emphasis, Honors

 Doctoral Students

Kristene M. Kelly (Raleigh, N.C.) – EdD Sports Management, Sports Leadership, Honors

Anthony Wayne Miller (Greenville, S.C.) – EdD Sports Management, Sports Coaching, Sports Leadership Emphasis, Honors

David D. Peterson (Annapolis, Md.) – EdD Sports Management, Sports Health and Fitness, Sports Leadership Emphasis, Honors

Robert A. Stinchcomb (Rome, Ga.) – EdD Sports Management Sports Leadership

Learn more about Academy programs at USSA.edu

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College Football Game of the Year Campaign Resumes at the Academy

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For the ninth consecutive season prominent college football experts around the country will be discussing, studying, and voting to determine the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Year.

 The process will all begin this week with the kickoff of the 2014-15 NCAA Division I (FBS) season as a select College Football Game of the Year Committee chooses a Game of the Week throughout the season.

The College Football Game of the Year Award was developed in 2005 to pay tribute to a team whose efforts in a college football game exemplify the principles of high athletic endeavor, complete dedication to victory, and unified team effort.  The College Football Game of the Year Award is a part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport series, which was established as “a tribute to the artist and the athlete.”

Nominations are submitted weekly by the committee, which culminate to determine a College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season. Fans are encouraged to follow the process along and compare their selected games of the week to the committee’s selection.

The College Football Game of the Year Committee reads like a “Who’s Who” in college football.  Consisting of eminent sport leaders, the committee contains former athletic directors and/or individuals active in collegiate football, who meet the criteria to serve on the committee and exhibit no bias in their vote.

The committee is chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former college football coach and athletic director best known for being the head coach that resurrected the Marshall University football program, as shown in the 2006 film “We Are Marshall.” It also includes former University of Georgia head coach and athletic director Vince Dooley.

Other members are former National Football Foundation CEO Robert Casciola, former National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Executive Director Mike Cleary, former Temple and Alabama State head coach Ron Dickerson; former Ohio State Athletic Director James Jones; American Football Monthly Managing Editor Rex Lardner, former University of Washington AD Mike Lude; former University of California AD Dave Maggard, sport artist Daniel Moore, former Arizona State AD Dick Tamburo; former Notre Dame associate AD Roger Valdiserri; former US Military Academy AD Al Vanderbush; and former Oklahoma State and Washington State AD Dr. Richard Young. The committee will also feature three members from the United States Sports Academy in Dr. Fred Cromartie, Director of Doctoral Studies; Dr. Arthur Ogden, Executive Director of the CFGOY program and Chair and of Sports Management; and Gid Rowell, the Director of Communications.

Moore, the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is annually commissioned by the Academy to do a painting depicting the selected College Football Game of the Year. His painting of the 2013 College Football Game of the Year, features Auburn’s 34-28 victory over Alabama in the annual Iron Bowl.

Auburn’s last-second defeat of the previously unbeaten and two-time defending National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide beat out a litany of nail-biting gridiron contests at the conclusion of 17 weeks of voting. The now-famous runback of a missed Alabama field goal by Auburn senior Chris Davis with no time on the clock will be remembered for generations of college football fans to come and will be added as one of many defining moments in what is arguably college football’s greatest rivalry.

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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Special thanks for Beach Handball support

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Ms. Dede Piankova, President of American Community Team Sports (ACTS), recently presented Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, President and CEO of the United States Sports Academy, with a vase recognizing the Academy’s support of the American Open Beach Handball Championship held in Gulf Shores, Ala. earlier this past Spring.

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U.S. Sports Academy Sports Talk to discuss college football pre-season polls and offer their own

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

With the college football season just around the corner the United States Sports Academy’s Sports Talk panel will discuss the pre-season polls and offer their own poll. 

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

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. Tim Foley, Dean of Student Services, and Dr. Fred Cromartie, the Director of the Doctoral Studies program.

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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Cabello and Folwell named Academy’s 2014 Sports Artists of the Year

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United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich proudly announces painter Miriam Cabello and sculptor Gail Folwell as the Academy’s 2014 Sport Artists of the Year.

Both Cabello and Folwell will be recognized later this year at the 30th Annual Academy Awards of Sport program entitled, “The Artist and the Athlete Celebration.” The event which is open to the public will be held on November 6th at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala. The artists were recently selected by the Academy’s Art Committee for the awards.

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.

Cabello, born in Santiago, Chile and now residing in Sydney, Australia, is an artist, curator and educator, who has been featured in exhibits both nationally and internationally.

An award winning artist, she was recognized by the National Art Museum of Sport in Indianapolis, Ind. and exhibited at the DUMBO Arts Festival in Brooklyn, NY with her “White Ropes” series, featuring Aboriginal Boxing Legends. She was also commissioned to paint “Run with Fire, London 2012 Olympics” in 2011.

Some of her other highlights include being the first Australian awarded at the international Annual Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards, for “The Pugilist Passion-Black Jesus” and being the official Vatican selection as a solo exhibitor during the 2008 World Youth Day festival.

In 2012, she was appointed cultural curator and educator at the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) ceremony, Camden Council.

Through her art, Cabello nurtures a profound interest in social, political issues and education. Her dedication to education is intricately interwoven into the curatorial program, and she has developed artist talks, surveys and programs for tertiary students. She also established an international student internship program as part of the series’ long-term program.

Folwell, from Boulder, Colo., uses her appreciation of sports and anatomy to sculpt her athletes.  She expresses energy and excitement with abstracted figurative forms in mid-motion.

Whether a baseball pitcher captured right after the release of the ball; a swimmer in mid-stroke or the collision of two hockey players, Folwell’s interpretation of the competitive athlete is simultaneously contemplative and exciting.

Folwell has exhibited at NAMOS, won a NAMOS Gold Medal in the annual, international “Commitment to Excellence in Art & Sport: A Fine Art Competition.” She has had large public commissions of her athletes in Vail and at the Denver Art Museum, at the University of South Alabama, at Bowling Green State University, and at Dr. Pepper Ballpark. She is working on a public commission for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Canton, Ohio.

She received her bachelors of Fine Arts in 1983 from the University of Denver, where she has also served as a faculty member.

The 2013 Sport Artists of the Year were awarded to Primo Angeli, an American graphic artist and to Martin Linson, an American sculptor.

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 renews contract with Shanghai Administration of Sports

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Earlier this week, the United States Sports Academy renewed a contract to provide sport coaching instruction to China’s Shanghai Administration of Sports (SAS).

Pictured are Vice President and COO Thomas J. Rosandich signing the contract in conjunction with the delegation from the SAS in Shanghai, China.

The Sports Academy has a decades long relationship with the SAS, which plays a vital role in the development of sports in China. The contract continues the Academy’s relationship with SAS in providing instruction through the school’s International Diploma in Sports Coaching (IDSC) program.

For over four decades, the Academy has provided programs in sport education to students throughout the nation and to over 60 countries across the globe.

The United States Sports Academy, known around the world as America’s Sports University, is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sport university created to serve the nation and the 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.

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Petra Kvitova and Rory McIlroy Voted July Athletes of the Month

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Northern Ireland golf professional, Rory McIlroy and Czech Republic professional tennis standout, Petra Kvitova were chosen as the United States Sports Academy’s July 2014 Athletes of the Month.

Kvitova defeated Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0 to win her second Wimbledon women’s title in the singles division on July 5th in London, England.  Kvitova captured her first Wimbledon title in 2011.

In the men’s division, McIlroy won the 2014 Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Merseyside, England on July 20th. He shot a 1-under 71 in the final round of the tournament to win by two strokes. His total for the tournament was 17-under 271. He is currently ranked No. 1 in the world.  McIlroy has won three straight tournaments, including the PGA Championship on Sunday.

Finishing second in the female division was professional golfer Mo Martin. Martin finished 1-under 287 to win the 2014 women’s British Open Championship on July 13 at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. She was the only player to finish the tournament under par.

The runner-up to McIlroy in the male division is professional tennis player Novak Djokovic, who defeated Roger Federer 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 to win the 2014 Wimbledon singles title in London, England on July 6. The win was his second Wimbledon title and seventh grand slam title. He is currently ranked No. 1 in the world.

Third place July recipients are the professional track and field athlete, Sandra Perkovic in the female category and soccer star, Lionel Messi in the men’s category.

Perkovic won the women’s discus title and set a meet record at the Diamond League meet on July 5 in Paris, France. Her winning throw was 211 feet 6.5 inches.

Messi was selected as the 2014 FIFA World Cup Most Outstanding Player by winning the Golden Ball. The forward led Argentina to the World Cup title match before falling to Germany 1-0 on July 13. He finished the World Cup competition with four goals in seven matches.

Kvitova and McIlroy 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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