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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…

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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…

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Cyclist Sculpture Unveiling Schedule

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The Academy has released a schedule for today’s events. We are very excited to see Bruce Larsen’s latest creation here on the Academy’s campus. Please see the schedule of the ceremony below or download it here. Dedication Plaque Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich President and CEO of the United States Sports Academy Tricyclist Mr. Bruce Larsen The Academy’s 2009 Sport Artist…

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2002 Sport Artist of the Year Accelerates in Racing World

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Mina Papatheodorou-Valyraki, the Academy’s 2002 Sport Artist of the Year, is the official artist of Lamborghini Automobile, Formula 1 and Ferrari Genesis. Bernard Ecclestone, the President and CEO of Formula 1 Management and Administration, has chosen Papatheodorou-Valyraki’s home country of Greece as an upcoming Formula 1 World Championship host. Papatheodorou-Valyraki’s brother, Dr. Thanos Papatheodorou, the current architect and Project Manager…

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2000 Academy Alumnus of the Year, Marc Riker, Named CEO

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The 2000 Alumnus of the Year, Marc Riker, was recently named the Chief Executive Officer of the National Senior Games Association (NSGA), the world’s largest national competition for athletes over the age of 50. Riker is also the former Executive Director of the Alabama Sports Festival where he served for 11 years assisting in planning their annual multi-sport competition before…

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2008 Alumna of the Year Honored by University of Texas Crew Team

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The 2008 Alumna of the Year, Lynn Wheeler, was honored by the University of Texas (UT) crew team on Saturday, 15 February 2014, when the team named their newest boat after her. After Title IX was made law in 1972, prohibiting discrimination based on a person’s gender, Wheeler worked hard to have it rapidly implemented at the University. Wheeler served…

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Dr. Skip Applin Returns from Successful Teaching Assignment in Thailand

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Dr. Skip Applin (right), Academy’s former longtime Dean of Academic Affairs, welcomed by Mr. Prachoom Boontiam, Director of Sports Personnel Development Division, during the opening ceremonies of the Academy’s International certification program in Thailand. Dr. Skip Applin, the Academy’s former longtime Dean of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Stan Drawdy, a member of the Distance Learning Faculty, returned safely from their…

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Public Invited to Bruce Larsen Sculpture Unveiling at the Academy

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The Paralympian is one of three pieces that composes the new cycling sculpture by artist Bruce Larsen. The cycling sculpture will be unveiled during a ceremony open free to the public at 1730 (5:30 p.m.) on Thursday, 3 April 2014, on the Academy’s campus. Public Invited to Bruce Larsen Sculpture Unveiling at the Academy The Academy is inviting the public…

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The United States Sports Academy is Offering Free Courses to the Public

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The Academy is offering two free online courses available to the public year-round, including an Introduction to Coaching and a course on Sport Art Appreciation. Students wanting to pursue a degree from the Academy, but who are unfamiliar with online education, can use these free courses to familiarize themselves with the details and the process. The Introduction to Coaching course…

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Blair Buswell, 1990 Sport Artist of the Year, Continues to Impress

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Blair Buswell contributed to a marvelous city-block long sculpture wagon train monument in Omaha, Nebraska. The 1990 Sport Artist of the Year, Blair Buswell, continues to amaze his fans with awe-inspiring sculptures across the country. Buswell, the second sculptor to be honored as the Academy’s Sport Artist of the Year, is known for his lengthy list of larger-than-life monuments of…

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Announcing the Academy’s new relationship with the ECSS

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It is with great pleasure that we are announcing a new relationship with the European College of Sport Science (ECSS). Based in Cologne, Germany, ECSS is an international non-profit organization founded in 1995. Its purpose is the promotion of science and research, with special attention to the interdisciplinary fields of sport science and sports medicine. The Academy is certain that…

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