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Doctoral Students Arrive on Academy Campus for Comprehensive Final Exam

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Doctoral Students

Six doctoral students at the United States Sports Academy completed their comprehensive final examinations on the Academy’s campus on 5-7 January.

Pictured in the Academy’s Main Lobby are, left to right: Michael Armstrong from Elgin, S.C.; Dr. Kelly E. Flanagan, Chair of Sports Studies; Robert Stinchcomb from Rome, Ga.; Dr. Jordan Moon, Department Head of Sports Health and Fitness; Kathleen Brown from Collinsville, Va.; Dr. Pamela Wojnar, Chair of Sports Management; Jeff Teason from Daphne, Ala.; Ching-Wen Ko from Danshui Township, Taiwan; Dr. Ric Esposito, Chair of Sports Medicine; Kenneth Cofer from Adel, Ga.; Dr. Scott Johnson, Chair of Sports Coaching; Dr. Fred Cromartie, Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Doctoral Studies; and Betsy Smith, Associate Dean of Continuing Education.

Annual Art Show Features Artists, Athletes, and the One Who Fought for the Artists

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Like a War Eagle, Cameron Newton flew into the face of adversity en route to a dominant season for himself and his Auburn teammates, and he will be honored at the United States Sports Academy with a painting from a man who went to battle for his fellow artists.

Rick Rush of Tuscaloosa, Ala., the 2011 American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year, painter, will unveil an authorized painting of Newton, the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner, highlighting an art show at the Academy’s Daphne campus at 5 p.m. Thursday, 6 January.

Rush will be honored along with ASAMA’s two other Sport Artists of the Year – Harry Weber, sculptor and John Rezner, ceramics – at the annual art show honoring the annually-decorated artists.

The illustration of the Auburn quarterback will soon be released as a poster. While Newton, the Academy’s 2010 Alabama Male Athlete of the Year, may have inspired many Auburn fans to bellow out the University’s famous “War Eagle” battle cry, painting Newton is not the biggest feather in Rush’s cap.

The man known as “America’s Sports Artist” will be forever remembered by his contemporaries as the man who went to court and successfully fought for their right to capture the images of those who make history, in sport and otherwise.

Rush won a significant court battle for his right to draw, paint, and sell the images of star athletes when Tiger Woods sued for royalties on a painting Rush made of the golfer when he won the 1997 Master’s golf tournament.

In 2009, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Rush’s favor, finding the paintings to be a form of artistic expression, and the protection of such works under the First Amendment to outweigh whatever interest the state may have in enforcing the right of publicity.

While college football’s most outstanding player for this season will be honored on canvas, professional baseball will also be celebrated through the work of two other honored artists.

Fairhope artist John Rezner, known for his Face Jugs, jugs shaped with an individual’s facial features, will be displaying such ceramic depictions of baseball legends at the show. Rezner has now been commissioned to make face jugs of 10 famous baseball players for the Academy’s “Mr. Baseball” campaign, a world-wide online vote to name a new baseball statue that is to be erected in front of the Academy next year. The Mr. Baseball statue will be created by another Fairhope artist, Bruce Larsen, whose well-known scrap metal statues of sports figures already decorate the outside lawn of the Academy’s campus.

Harry Weber is also one to artistically celebrate the national pastime. The 36 most noted works he has displayed at major venues within the last 10 years include 10 statues displayed at the St. Louis Cardinals’ newest version of the Busch Stadium. The statues are of legendary Cardinals players, including Stan Musial and Ozzie Smith.

A statue of Hall of Fame outfielder and noted base stealer Lou Brock will be unveiled at the field that bears his name at Lindenwood University in the future. Weber donated a maquette of that statue to ASAMA, and it will be displayed at the art show.

The Missouri artist and decorated Vietnam veteran also donated to the Academy a series of sketches depicting scenes from World War II, The Korean War, Desert Storm, the Iraq War, and the War in Afghanistan in an exhibit entitled “A Warrior’s Sketchbook.” The sketches were sold, with the proceeds going to the Academy’s Wounded Warrior scholarship program, which provides scholarships for those injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also presented the Academy with a bronze statue of a soldier holding up an American flag, entitled “Wounded Warrior.”

While baseball is a common interest that binds Rezner and Weber, Kung Fu is a common bond between Rezner and Rush.

In 2006, Rezner presented a Face Jug of the Abbot of the Shaolin Temple, leader of millions of Shaolin Buddhists. He presented the jug to the Abbot when he was in Daphne receiving an honorary doctorate. The jug is now on display in China.

“I presented (the jug) as a symbol of our two cultures merging,” Rezner said.

The Abbot has been leading a world-wide revival of Kung Fu, the mother of all martial arts, and that will be a subject of a book soon to be published by the Academy. The book will feature illustrations of Shaolin Kung Fu that were donated to the Academy by Rush.

The Sport Artist of the Year Award is presented annually 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 to depict the breadth and scope of both the agony and the ecstasy of sport.

Founded in 1984, ASAMA, a division of the United States Sports Academy, is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history, and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of more than 1,500 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints, and photographs.

The museum is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Honorary Doctorate Recipient Bud Greenspan Dies

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Olympic documentary filmmaker Bud Greenspan has died of Parkinson’s disease at the age of 84, it was reported today.

His companion, Nancy Beffa, said the cause was complications from Parkinson’s disease, the New York Times reported.

Known for his uplifting films on athletes who participated in the Winter and Summer Olympics, Greenspan also made documentaries about baseball and boxing greats.

“I don’t do controversy well,” he once said.

“I wouldn’t know how to handle it.

“I’m thankful I’m not involved in the bureaucratic commercial side of the Olympics.”

He also branched out and made documentaries about the baseball player Larry Doby and boxing greats, as well as a made-for-TV movie about the Olympic sprinter Wilma Rudolph.

In his early 20s, Greenspan was the sports director of WMGM Radio in New York and was a part of the Metropolitan Opera chorus.

He eventually shifted his focus to the Olympics, with works like “Jesse Owens Returns to Berlin” and a 22-part series, “The Olympiad,” that led to assignments to make the official films of numerous Olympics.

Greenspan received the Olympic Order award in 1985, at which time International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch said: “Mr. Greenspan has been called the foremost producer, writer and director of Olympic films; more than that, he is an everlasting friend of the Olympic family.”

In 2004, Greenspan was inducted as a “Special Contributor” into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame.

His visual and musical The Spirit of the Olympics is on display permanently at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

Scott Blackmun, the chief executive of the United States Olympic Committee, led the tributes to Greenspan.

“For more than six decades, Bud Greenspan has connected the Olympic Movement to everyday people in ways the founders of the Games couldn’t have imagined. Through his films, we came to truly know the Olympic athlete and unique spirit that lives in each competitor.

“On behalf of the US Olympic family, I’d like to express my condolences to Bud’s partner, Nancy Beffa, and to the inestimable number of people the world over who called Bud their friend,” he said.

“While the entire Olympic Movement mourns the loss of a giant today, his stories will continue to live on, carrying his passion for the Olympic Movement for years and years to come.”

Originally posted at insidethegames.biz. Copied by permission.

Business Award to be Presented to Chinese Entrepreneur During Daphne Visit

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Jack Guo

A prestigious international business award will be presented to one of China’s most powerful sports business leaders during his visit to Daphne Thursday night.

Peter Tichansky, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), will be presenting the Dwight D. Eisenhower Global Award for Sport to Guo Jie, President of Worldteam Sports, at the home of United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich.

Jie is in Daphne to receive an honorary doctorate from the Academy, which will be presented to him on the Academy’s Daphne campus the following afternoon.

The BCIU is a leading business association established by President Eisenhower in 1955. This award has been presented to international business leaders for more than 25 years.

“Dwight D. Eisenhower Global Awards recipients represent the finest in entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership on the world’s stage and embody the pioneering view of commercial diplomacy established by BCIU founder President Eisenhower,” Tichansky said.

Jie has been a key player in the business and politics of sport in China in recent years.

He is the inventor of Nine-Star sports shoes, the first sports sponsor of the 11th Asian Games. He helped purchase the first Chinese-owned Formula One racing team, and is a major partner of the NBA operations in China. He could also be called China’s version of Nike founder Phil Knight, because of his chain of sporting goods stores, SportsCube, that has made him a major player in the sporting goods and sports sponsorship industry in the world’s most populous nation.

For 10 years Guo successfully promoted and marketed the growth of Red Bull in Asia, and guided Worldteam to the first strategic cooperation agreement with the NBA in China. He also planned and organized the first Chinese yacht sailing that went around the world. He was involved in the agreement to hold the Italian Super Cup preseason soccer matches in China. The first such match, in 2009, drew nearly 90,000 spectators.

Along with being CEO of Worldteam, he serves as the senior manager of projects and international affairs in the Chinese sports industry, and Vice Chairman of the Tourism Association for the Fujian Province. He also serves on the board of directors for the Fujian National Tourism Group.

Worldteam Sports, formally titled China Worldteam Investment Holdings Group Limited, is an international sports investment management group, professionally investing in China and international sports and cultural markets. Worldteam serves global business partners in the areas of sports projects investment, management, sports facilities, and properties management, and in exploration and development in sports markets, sports marketing, etc. Its main focus is sports commerce, media, real estate, and culture.

Spain Reigns as Villa Edges Nadal on the Male Side; Korean Ices Female Side in Athlete of the Year

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David Villa
Kim Yu-Na
Ashton Eaton
Kim Clijsters
Lauren Jackson
Cristie Kerr
Phil Mickelson
Rafael Nadal
Manny Paquiao
David Rudisha
Serena Williams
Shaun White

David Villa

Five soccer goals and 200 skating points earned David Villa of Spain and Kim Yu-Na of South Korea the honor of being named the United States Sports Academy’s 2010 Male and Female Athletes of the Year.

The two champions were selected through a worldwide ballot that saw the public cast hundreds of thousands of votes thanks to distribution through the websites of NBC Sports and USA Today.

Villa’s five goals helped lead his country to its first FIFA World Cup title. He took 32 shots on goal and scored the winning goals in the first and second round of the playoffs. Villa scored both goals in a critical 2-0 win over Honduras.

Villa edged out countryman Rafael Nadal, the world’s No. 1 tennis player, who won his fifth French Open, second Wimbledon, and first U.S. Open in 2010. Having won the Australian Open in 2009, the 24-year-old became the youngest to win a career Grand Slam.

While Nadal dominated his sport, Yu-Na dominated hers. The world’s No. 1 figure skater won the ladies’ singles gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics and is the first female skater to surpass the 200-point mark under the International Skating Union judging system. She also dominated the voting on the Female Athlete of the Year ballot.

The top names in women’s tennis took the second and third spots on the female ballot. Kim Clijsters of Belgium finished second after winning her second consecutive and third career U.S. Open title. She was named WTA and Laureus World Comeback Player of the Year one year after coming out of a two-year retirement. American Serena Williams placed third after she won her fifth career Australian Open and fourth Wimbledon for a total of 13 career Grand Slam titles.

Boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, the Academy’s 2009 Male Athlete of the Year, placed third after becoming the first boxer in history to win 10 world championship belts in eight weight classes.

Finishing fourth on the male side was American college track star Ashton Eaton, who set the world record in the heptathlon, won two NCAA indoor titles in the heptathlon, and won three outdoor titles in the decathlon.

Australian basketball pro Lauren Jackson placed fourth on the female side. Seattle’s forward/center was the WNBA MVP and Finals MVP as the Storm defeated the Atlanta Dream for its second championship.

Master’s golf champion Phil Mickelson of the United States and Kenyan track star David Rudisha, who broke the 800-meter world record twice in 2010, finished fifth and sixth on the male ballot.

Three-time overall World Cup ski champion Lindsey Vonn, who won a gold and a bronze in the 2010 Winter Olympics, and University of Connecticut forward Maya Moore, a consensus All-American for the team that holds the longest winning streak in the history of college basketball, finished fifth and sixth on the female ballot.

The Academy’s international reach has always been strong, and that was reflected in the final vote results. Each of the top three finishers on the men’s and women’s sides hailed from countries other than the United States.

The Athlete of the Year ballot is the culmination of the yearlong Athlete of the Month program, which recognizes the accomplishments of men and women in sports around the globe. The Athlete of the Month is selected by an international voting committee comprised of media members and representatives of sports organizations and governing bodies.

Auburn Quarterback, Sprinter Named Academy's Alabama Athletes of the Year

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Cameron Newton

Cameron Newton

Two of Auburn University’s athletic teams dramatically improved their performances by acquiring 21-year-old junior college transfers in 2010. And those two transfers were named Male and Female Alabama Athlete of the Year by the United States Sports Academy.

Cameron Newton, the Academy’s Alabama Male Athlete of the Year, is the quarterback who won the Heisman Trophy in dominant fashion and was named Associated Press College Football Player of the Year, along with many other accolades.

Sprinter Sheniqua Ferguson was named Alabama Female Athlete of the Year after winning the 200 meters at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, becoming the second Auburn woman to win the 200 meters at the NCAA indoor meet, joining Kerron Stewart, who won the title in 2007.

Newton, who started his career at the University of Florida before transferring to Blinn (Texas) Junior College and leading them to a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship, transferred to Auburn this past year and took over a starting role for a team that was 8-5 in 2009 and 5-7 in 2008. In the 2010 regular season as a Tiger, he completed 67.89 percent of his passes for 2,254 yards, 24 touchdowns and six interceptions, a passer rating of 185.57 (No. 2 in the nation). He carried the ball 228 times for 1,336 yards (111.33 average per game, No. 11 nationally). This led to a 13-0 season and a berth in the BCS National Championship Game against Oregon, which will take place in Glendale, Ariz. 10 January 2011.

Sheniqua Ferguson

Sheniqua Ferguson

Ferguson transferred from Southwest Missouri Junior College this past year and helped the Tigers improve from 41st in the 2009 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships to sixth in 2010. They were tied for 25th in the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships, and finished 12th in 2010. In the outdoor season, she placed sixth nationally in both the 100 and 200 meters and ran on the seventh-place team in the 4 x 100-meter relays. She was named SEC Female Runner of the Year after she won the SEC title in the 100 meters by clocking a season-best time of 11.19 seconds, which ranks fourth in Auburn history. In the 200 meters, she had a time of 23.09 in the finals, after posting a mark of 23.08 in the preliminaries, tying for fifth in school history. She helped the 4 x 100-meter relay team win its second straight SEC crown in that event, with a time of 43.38, the third best in school history. She earned the Commissioner’s Trophy as the high female point scorer at the meet.

The Alabama Athlete of the Year award is given to an athlete beyond the high school level who was either born in, is currently playing in, or has previously participated in sports at any level within the state of Alabama.

The United States Sports Academy 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.

New Dynasties Earn Academy Team of the Year Honors

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Spanish national team won its first FIFA World Cup in 2010.

The newest dynasties in international soccer and women’s college basketball earned the United States Sports Academy’s Men’s and Women’s Team of the Year awards for 2010.

The Spanish national team, which won its first FIFA World Cup in 2010, was named Men’s Team of the Year. The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team, which is riding the longest winning streak in the history of college basketball, is the Women’s Team of the Year for the second year in a row.

Spain is currently the reigning World and European champion, having won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship. In July 2008, Spain rose to the top of the FIFA World Rankings for the first time in the team’s history, becoming the first nation to top the ranking without previously having won the World Cup. Between November 2006 and June 2009, Spain went undefeated for a record-tying 35 consecutive matches, a record shared with Brazil, including a record 15-game winning streak and thus earning third place in the FIFA Confederations Cup.

The Huskies topped the 88-game winning streak set by John Wooden's UCLA men's team from 1971-74, beating No. 22 Florida State 93-62 on 21 December.

The Huskies topped the 88-game winning streak set by John Wooden’s UCLA men’s team from 1971-74, beating No. 22 Florida State 93-62 on 21 December. They have not lost since 6 April 2008, in the NCAA tournament semifinals. Only twice during the record run has a team come within single digits of Connecticut — Stanford in the NCAA championship game last season and Baylor in early November.

Connecticut established itself as the marquee program in the women’s game, the benchmark by which all others are measured. The Huskies already own seven national titles in 17 years, four perfect seasons under head coach Geno Auriemma. They’ve won five titles in the last nine years and are shooting for their second “three-pete” national title under Auriemma.

Image of the Athlete: Rush, Weber, Rezner Capture it in Different Ways

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Few artists can capture the image of the athlete like Rick Rush, Harry Weber and John Rezner. They each have different ways of capturing that image, but all three were named 2011 Sport Artist of the Year by the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA).

Rick Rush

Rick Rush

Rush does it through painting, Weber with bronze statues and Rezner with face jugs, but all can thank Rush for his battle to earn a trade with his creations.

Rush, the 2011 ASAMA Sport Artist of the Year, Painter, won a significant court battle for his right to draw, paint, and sell the images of star athletes when Tiger Woods sued for royalties on a painting Rush made of the golfer when he won the 1997 Master’s golf tournament. In 2009, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Rush’s favor, finding the paintings to be a form of artistic expression, and the protection of such works under the First Amendment to outweigh whatever interest the state may have in enforcing the right of publicity.

Harry Weber

Harry Weber

Weber, the 2011 Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor, is a man who has had a busy decade decorating the country with bronze statues. Thirty-six out of forty-four of his most noted works have been displayed at major venues over the last decade. This includes 10 statues displayed at the St. Louis Cardinals’ newest version of the Busch Stadium. Weber’s sculptures are in a permanent collection at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. and are featured at the Museum of Fine Arts in Newport, R.I. Weber has won major awards at national juried competitions, and his bronze sculptures are in many private collections throughout the world.

John Rezner

John Rezner

Rezner, the 2011 Sport Artist of the Year, Ceramics, is a potter known for his “face jugs,” jugs shaped with an individual’s facial features. The Fairhope, Alabama-based artist makes pottery, which is on display all over the world, from clay he digs from his own land. Baldwin County clay is highly prized for its aesthetic qualities. A member of the Academy’s Art Committee, in 2006 Rezner created a face of the Abbot of the Shaolin Temple, leader of millions of Shaolin Buddhists. He has been commissioned to make face jugs of famous baseball players for the Academy’s “Mr. Baseball” campaign, a worldwide online vote to name a new baseball statue that is to be erected in front of the Academy next year.

The Sport Artist of the Year Award is presented annually 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 to depict the breadth and scope of both the agony and the ecstasy of sport.

Founded in 1984, ASAMA, a division of the United States Sports Academy, is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history, and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of more than 1,500 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints, and photographs.

The museum is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Haitian Men's Amputee National Team Visits Academy

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Haitian Men's Amputee National Soccer Team

During a trip organized by Dr. Fred Sorrells, the President of the International Institute of Sport (IIOS), the Haitian Men’s Amputee National team visited the United States Sports Academy on Tuesday, 14 December.

Sorrells helped put Haiti’s amputee soccer team together after an earthquake devastated the country earlier this year. He was seeking a therapeutic way to help the disabled in Haiti when he discovered the Amputee World Cup being held in Argentina.

The soccer team gained international recognition when they competed in the Amputee World Cup in October, despite not winning the championship. With only a month of training before the first championship game, the world marveled at their pure athletic ability and sheer determination.

The team is now touring America to spread their message — that those who face disabilities are capable of great things, if given the chance.

Local Ceramic Potter Wins Academy Distinguished Service Award

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John Rezner, a ceramic potter known for his “face jugs,” will receive a Distinguished Service Award from the United States Sports Academy.

The Fairhope, Ala.-based artist makes pottery from clay he digs from his own land but is seen all over the world. Baldwin County clay is highly prized for its aesthetic qualities.

A member of the Academy’s Art Committee, he created a face jug – jug shaped with an individual’s facial features – of the Abbot of the Shaolin Temple, leader of millions of Shaolin Buddhists.

“I presented (the jug) as a symbol of our two cultures merging,” Rezner said.

The jug is now in China as part of the Shaolin Temple’s Museum collection. The Abbot received it when he visited the Academy’s Daphne campus in 2006 to receive an honorary doctorate.

Rezner has now been commissioned to make face jugs of famous baseball players for the Academy’s “Mr. Baseball” campaign, a world-wide online vote to name a new baseball statue that is to be erected in front of the Academy next year.

Rezner’s pottery is the combination of three of his greatest passions: his family, the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay and traditional pottery techniques. His work is fired using an anagama kiln, which is an ancient Japanese cave-like pottery kiln that uses the flame from burning wood as an artistic element. For generations, the anagama techniques have been adapted into Southern pottery.

The Academy’s Distinguished Service Award is given annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to national or international sports through instruction, research, or service. Each nominee must possess an extensive background in sports. This means that the individual must have had significant dealings in his or her area of sports for more than 10 years. While the DSA is separate from the Academy’s Awards of Sport, its recipients also receive the coveted Order of the Eagle Exemplar for their achievements.

Academy President Attends IOC's 7th World Conference on Sport

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Photographed from left: Jean Durry, Founder of the French National Sport Museum, France; Professor Konstantino Georgiadis, Honorary Dean of the International Olympic Academy, Greece; Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, President of the United States Sports Academy, United States; and Dr. Franco Ascani, President of the International Sport Cinema and Television Federation (FICTS), Italy.

Photographed from left: Jean Durry, Founder of the French National Sport Museum, France; Professor Konstantino Georgiadis, Honorary Dean of the International Olympic Academy, Greece; Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, President of the United States Sports Academy, United States; and Dr. Franco Ascani, President of the International Sport Cinema and Television Federation (FICTS), Italy.

United States Sports Academy President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich recently traveled to Durban, South Africa, to attend the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) 7th World Conference on Sport, Education, and Culture, as a member of the IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education.

The theme of the conference, “Giving a Voice to Youth,” allowed Commission members and young people alike to discuss ways to add value to the Olympic experience, education for sustainable development, developing a culture of healthy lifestyles, and other related topics in an open forum.

Serving as one of the conference moderator was the United States Sports Academy’s 2010 Eagle Award recipient, Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Al Hussein, the President of the International Equestrian Federation. Princess Haya was selected to receive the Eagle Award, the Academy’s highest honor, in recognition of her contribution to equestrian sports and the Olympic Movement.

Academy Toys for Tots Campaign Concludes

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Toys for Tots at the US Sports Academy

The United States Sports Academy’s faculty and staff gathered with Marines from Spanish Fort and Toys for Tots regional coordinator Shinora Redmond on Friday, 10 December, as they retrieved the toy donations collected at the Academy.

Children from Spanish Fort Elementary School smile while gathered around their donations to the Academy’s Toys for Tots campaign.

Long considered the region’s largest collection center for the Toys for Tots program, the Academy teamed up with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Foundation to help underprivileged children in Mobile and Baldwin Counties enjoy a memorable Christmas for the 16th consecutive year. In spite of the struggling economy, contributions from local residents and businesses made this years collection the largest ever.

People can still drop off toys at the Academy, One Academy Drive in Daphne, throughout the holiday season. The Academy is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Toys donated between now and Christmas will be given to the Salvation Army for distribution.

The primary goal of the Toys for Tots program is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate children that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. Since the inception of Toys for Tots, more than 400 million toys have been distributed to more than 188 million needy children.

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