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Academy Alumnus and Acting Director of Continuing Education Named Executive Director of Alumni Association

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Dr. Brandon Spradley, a graduate of the doctoral program at the United States Sports Academy, has been named the Executive Director of the Alumni Association. Serving as the Acting Director of Continuing Education, he earned his Doctor of Education in Sports Management with an area of specialization in Sport Leadership. Read More


Congratulations 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 its latest graduates.

Master’s Students

Saul Anthony Ileto Sibayan (Quezon City, Philippines)-MSS Sports Health & Fitness

Tim A. Barnhill (Wichita, KS)-MSS Sports Management

Blecky Seide (Sunrise, FL)-MSS Sports Management

Samuel L. Shealy (Saluda, SC)-MSS Sports Management

Moly M. Stowers (Lafayette, LA)-MSS Sports Coaching

Doctoral Students

Brandon D. Spradley (Saraland, AL)-EdD Sports Management

Timothy M Dornemann (Wilson, NC)-EdD Sports Management

Totty Okoro Totty (Rex, GA)-EdD Sports Management

People, Places & Programs

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People, Places and Programs


6th Oxford Education Research Symposium The Oxford Education research Symposium is accepting papers.  The Symposium will be held 16, 17, 18 March 2015 at the Oxford Union in Oxford, UK. You are invited to present a paper on an aspect of education research, or you may wish to attend as an observer. The Oxford Conference is the 6th Oxford Education Research Symposium. Click Here for more information.

SHAPE America Conventions Atlanta, Jan. 18-21; Seattle, WA, March 17 – 21

Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) Athens, Greece 11-14 May 2015

The 15th Annual International Conference on Sports: Economic, Management, Marketing and Social Aspects will be held in Athens, Greece, from 11-14 May 2015.

13th ENSSEE FORUM | Rome, Italy, 9-11 September 2015
The 13th forum of the European Network of Sport Science, Education and Employment will take place at the University of Rome, Italy, from 9 to 11 September 2015.

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

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Gu Gan named Sports Academy’s Artist of the month for January 2015

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Selected as January’s Sport Artist of the Year, Gu Gan was chosen for his continued contribution to the sport movement in China.

Honored in 2008 as the Academy’s Sport Artist of the Year, Gu Gan, is a Chinese painter and calligrapher. His works of art feature paintings and prints on handmade paper that can be appreciated for their presentations of historic Chinese art forms combined with contemporary innovations. To express his ideas clearly, Gu Gan uses painted shapes and symbols combined with Chinese characters to form his powerful visual language. While Western traditional philosophies separate seemingly opposite elements such as words and pictures, mind and body, thought and action, creativity and destruction, Eastern traditional philosophies see opposites as points cycling along a continuum without separation. To Gu Gan, writing calligraphy and painting pictures are no different. Invoking ancient signs and techniques from indigenous art, Gu Gan strives to bring the harmony with nature and society idealized by traditional Chinese philosophies into the urbanized everyday world of contemporary people.

His works of art include Heart Beats with the Five Rings; Be Faster, Higher, & Stronger; Enjoy Football; Disciples of Kung Fu in Shaolin Temple; and Connection between Chinese Calligraphy & Chinese Kung Fu.

Gan was one of the promoters of the “Modern Calligraphy” exhibit held in Beijing in 1985 and was one of the major forerunners of the Modernist Movement in China. He became chairman of the distinguished Modern Calligraphy and Painting Society in China and has given lectures at prestigious institutions around the world, including the University of Bonn and the Fine Art Institute in Hamburg, Germany. To honor the 2008 Olympics, Gan created “The Road to the Beijing Olympics 2008 Through Art” a series of 33 sport calligraphy paintings. One artwork depicting the five Olympic rings was created to commemorate the 2008 Olympic Games hosted by Beijing. Also in 2008, the United States Sports Academy honored Gu Gan as the Sport Artist of the Year.

“You love calligraphy and pursue her but you can never reach her. Nevertheless, the pursuit itself is the most wonderful process.” – Gu Gan, The Three Steps of Modern Calligraphy, p.3, 2005

Founded in 1984, ASAMA is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history, and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of nearly 2,000 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints and photographs. The museum is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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

Former IOC Vice-President and United States Sports Academy Honoree Dies at Age 85

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Dr. Zhenliang He, known as “Mr. Olympics” in his native country of China, passed away in Beijing on Sunday, 4 January 2015. He was a man of sport, culture and art and considered one of the most influential Chinese sports administrators in history. He was best remembered for his role as President of the Chinese Olympic Committee, his advocacy in connecting Chinese sport to the rest of the world, and his crucial role in the successful bid and execution of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He served on the International Olympic Committee Executive Board for 18 years, was Vice President from 1989 – 1993 and continued as an IOC member and then honorary member. Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, President and Founder of the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Al, had the honor of serving with him on the IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Elevation committee. Because of this relationship and their shared passions for sport, culture and art, they established a mutual respect. He supported the mission of the Academy and the Sport Art Museum and Archives. For his contribution to sport world-wide, the Academy paid tribute to him with an Honorary Doctorate. For his advocacy of sport values, sport diplomacy and his unflagging energy for the Olympic Movement, the Academy honors him in their Academy Awards of Sport with the Dr. Zhenliang He Culture Award; Sport Artist of the Year, which is given annually to an artist who “captures the spirit and life of sport.” Some of the artists who have received this award include Edward Eyth, Charles Billich, Gail Folwell and Mariam Cabello.

Dr. Zhenliang He was a longstanding ally of former IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch and great supporter of current IOC President Thomas Bach. “He was a true advocate of the social values of sport and of our Movement and I would like to pay tribute to the passion and energy he deployed over the years to fulfill his mission as an IOC member in China. He also helped our Movement better understand his country, its people and outstanding culture,” said Bach.

“He was a fervent leader who passionately contributed to sport and the culture of sport as we know it today. I was privileged to have known and worked with him. The world has lost one of its greatest advocates and he will be greatly missed,” Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich.

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Have a question? Ask your librarian online.

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Have a question? Ask your librarian online.

United States Sports Academy students can now receive assistance from reference librarians at the Academy library online even if they cannot visit the library in person. And the librarians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Anyone who needs help finding information may submit questions through a link on the library’s web site: Questions are answered by Dr. Robert Hudson, Academy Library Director or by any librarian participating in our worldwide network of reference librarians.

“The service is very easy to use. All you do is click on the 24/7 Librarian button, and you’re on your way,” said Dr. Robert Hudson. “To better serve our students needs we are offering the 24/7 Librarian service. We now provide reference over the Web in addition to the more traditional modes of phone, fax, or in-person requests for information. Our reference service spans all hours of the day or night, whether or not the physical library is open. In fact, our library is never closed to people who need information – they just enter through a different door.”

The Academy Library provides this reference service through the QuestionPoint service, developed by OCLC Online Computer Library Center, the Library of Congress and the 24/7 Reference Cooperative. In addition to providing access to librarians 24 hours a day, the service also includes a global network of cooperating libraries that work together to provide authoritative answers to reference questions. If staff members at the Academy library are unable or unavailable to answer a question, it can be sent to experts at another library, even if those experts are across the country or around the world.

“Just think about all the possibilities,” said Dr. Hudson. “If you have a question about New Zealand, you could actually get your answer from an expert in New Zealand.”

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