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World's Premier Miler in the 1950s Passes Away

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Pictured from left to right: Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (Head Track and Field Coach of the Quantico Marines); Wes Santee (Kansas); Everett Trader (Occidental); Bill Taylor (USC); and Cordell Brown (Utah State).  The above pictured individuals composed the best mile relay team in the United States in 1956.

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (Head Track and Field Coach of the Quantico Marines); Wes Santee (Kansas); Everett Trader (Occidental); Bill Taylor (USC); and Cordell Brown (Utah State). The above pictured individuals composed the best mile relay team in the United States in 1956.

Wes Santee, a Kansas track star, Olympian, and member of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, died Sunday, 14 November 2010, at the age of 78 after a fight with cancer.

Wes Santee was the American record holder in the mile during a time when the world’s greatest milers all vied to break the four minute barrier in the one mile race. Those who chased the sub four minute mile included the British miler Roger Bannister, who was the first to actually succeed. Bannister was immediately followed by the Australian miler John Landy.

While Santee never did break 4-minutes, he did set four American records in the mile and wound up with a lifetime best of 4:00.5.

Academy President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich had the privilege of coaching Wes Santee during those years as they both served in the United States Marine Corps.

Princess Haya Wins Academy’s Eagle Award

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Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Al Hussein of Jordan

For her contribution to equestrian sports and the Olympic Movement, Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Al Hussein of Jordan has been named the winner of the United States Sports Academy’s 2010 Eagle Award.

Princess Haya was Jordan’s first female professional athlete and the first female to represent her country internationally in sport, as a 13-year-old show jumper. She was the first female to medal in equestrian sports at the Pan-Arab Games, earning a bronze in show jumping. She also competed in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

This year she became a member of the International Relations Committee for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), after serving three years on the IOC. In early November, she was re-elected to serve her 2nd term as President of the International Equestrian Federation, having been first elected in 2006. Princess Haya has been an IOC member since 2007 and has served on the IOC Athletes’ Commission (2005-2010) and on the Commission for Culture and Olympic Education. She is also president and founder of the International Jordanian Athletes Cultural Association.

Princess Haya has a strong humanitarian presence both on local and international levels. Her work and interests focus on humanitarian issues and human development concentrated primarily on the areas of health, education, youth and sports. She continues to raise awareness of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), especially those of eliminating poverty and hunger. She was the first Arab and first woman to serve as World Food Programme Goodwill Ambassador (2005-2007) and in September 2007, Princess Haya was selected by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, the highest honor bestowed on a global citizen by the United Nations Secretary-General to address pressing problems around the world.

Princess Haya is the daughter of HM Late King Hussein Bin Talal of Jordan and HM Late Queen Alia Al Hussein and the wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The Eagle Award is the United States Sports Academy’s highest international honor. It is presented to a world leader in sport to recognize that individual’s contributions in promoting international harmony, peace and goodwill through the effective use of sport. The recipient of this award must have tempered strength with keen judgment in using authority wisely as a means of bringing nations together through sport for the betterment of mankind.

Doctoral Students Complete Comprehensive Exams

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Doctoral Students Complete Comprehensive Exams

Six doctoral students at the United States Sports Academy completed their comprehensive final examinations on the Academy’s campus on 10-12 November. Standing in the lobby are (front row, left to right) Sichan Park of South Korea; Melissa Thomas of Saraland, Ala.; Mark Streiff of Evans Mill, N.Y.; (back row) Kristene Kelly of Raleigh, N.C.; .William Nowlan of East Longmeadow, Mass.; and Dr. Fred Cromartie, Dean of Academic Affairs for the Academy. Not pictured is John Starr of Lyverly, Ga.

2011 Sport Artist of the Year Weber Honors Military with Art Exhibit

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Harry Weber (left) receives the 2011 Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor, Award from Trustee Jack Scharr

Harry Weber (left) receives the 2011 Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor, Award from Trustee Jack Scharr.

Harry Weber, recently named the 2011 American Sport Art Museum and Archives’ (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor, honored veterans who served their country with a special art exhibition on the United States Sports Academy’s campus Wednesday, 10 November.
The Academy also honored the 235th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps, while kicking off its annual campaign as a major drop-off point for Toys for Tots, with this exhibition. The Marines have recognized the Academy as one of the largest Toys for Tots collection sites in the region.

Weber displayed a series of sketches depicting scenes from the Korean War, Desert Storm, the Iraq War, and the War in Afghanistan in an exhibit entitled “A Warrior’s Sketchbook.” Weber presented the Academy with a bronze statue of a soldier holding up an American flag, entitled “Wounded Warrior.” This sculpture was donated in recognition of the Academy’s dedication to educating the nation’s wounded warriors.

Weber donated the sketches featured in the art exhibit to ASAMA, and they are being 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.

Marine birthday party
Marine birthday party
Marine birthday party
Marine birthday party
Marine birthday party
Marine birthday party

Weber was presented with the 2011 American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor, Award by United States Sports Academy Trustee Jack Scharr at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, Mo. on 22 October.

Weber, a man who has had a busy decade decorating the country with bronze statues, was one of the featured guests at a gala celebrating the anniversary of the art centre, located in the St. Louis suburbs. The presenter, Scharr, is the president of Fine Art Ltd. and the Academy Trustees’ Chairman of ASAMA.

The 21st century has been a busy time for Weber. Thirty-six out of 44 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. The subject of one of those statues, former Cardinal player Ozzie Smith, was also a featured guest at the gala.

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.

Youth Olympics President Earns Academy Distinguished Service Award

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Ng Ser Miang

Ng Ser Miang

Ng Ser Miang, president of the first Youth Olympics held in Singapore, will receive a Distinguished Service Award from the United States Sports Academy.

As a former sailor, Miang won a silver medal in the Southeast-Asian Peninsular Games, and is currently the patron of the Singapore Sailing Federation and past vice president of the International Sailing Federation, as well as past president of the Asian Yachting Federation.

Miang is now Singapore’s Ambassador to Norway and Hungary. He is the chairman of the Board of Governors for the Singapore Olympic Academy, vice-president of the Singapore National Olympic Council and chairman of its Finance Committee, as well as chairman of the advisory committee of the Olympic Council of Asia. A nominated Member of Parliament from June 2002 to January 2005, he was appointed a Justice of the Peace in September 2005.

He served 11 years as chairman of the Singapore Sports Council and has also served as vice president of the Organizing Committee and chairman of the Finance Commission for the 17th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, president of the Organizing Committee of the 117th IOC Session in Singapore and Chairman of the first Asian Youth Games Steering committee.

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.

Pitching Ace Halladay and Triathlete Swallow Earn October Athlete of the Month Honors

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Roy Halladay

Roy Halladay

An historic baseball pitching performance, and Jodie Swallow’s first World Cup Triathlon victory, earned Roy Halladay and the British triathlete Male and Female Athlete of the Month honors for October by the United States Sports Academy.

The Philadelphia pitcher Halladay threw the second no-hitter in postseason history when the Phillies defeated the Cincinnati Reds in game one of the National League Divisional Series. In the regular season, Halladay tied for the Major League lead in wins with 21 (first in the National League) and threw 219 strikeouts (second in the National League).

Swallow ended the World Cup season with a dominating performance to win the Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup. Using a solo breakaway early on in the bike race in South Korea, she held her lead right through to the finish to win her first-ever career World Cup title.

Jodie Swallow

Jodie Swallow

Kenyan distance runners finished second in both ballots. Wilson Kipsang shattered the Frankfurt Marathon course record with the eighth-fastest marathon run ever, 2:04:57, the third fastest time in the world this year. On the female side, Nancy Langat breezed to the gold medal in the women’s 1,500-meter race at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, in a new Games record time of 4:05.26.

The Artistic Gymnastics World Championships provided the third place finishers on both the male and female ballots. Kohei Uchimura of Japan placed third on the male side after he overcame searing shoulder pain to retain his all-around title at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Uchimura scored 92.331 points, 2.283 more than runner-up Philipp Boy of Germany. On the female side, 16-year-old Alya Mustafina from Russia won the all-around gold medal in the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, along with two silver medals, leading Russia to its first team gold medal. In the team competition, she had the highest individual scores in the balance beam and vault.

The public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month nominating and balloting processes. Visit the Academy website and submit your vote, and return to the website the first week of each month to vote on the Athlete of the Month. Winners will be announced on the Academy’s website and in the online edition of the Academy Update.

Rick Rush Donates "Fighting Monks" Painting to Academy

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Photographed (from left to right): Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, Academy President; Robert Zimlich, Academy Curator; and Don Rush

From left: Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, Academy President; Robert Zimlich, Academy Curator; and Don Rush.

Don Rush, the President of Jireh Publishing and brother of the 2011 Sport Artist of the Year, Painter, Rick Rush, recently visited the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala., to deliver an original painting donated by Rush.

The painting is one of 12 being donated to the American Sport Art Museum and Archives, a division of the United States Sports Academy, depicting “Fighting Monks” performing Shaolin Kung Fu. The painting were based on drawings penciled by Rush in November 2006 when His Excellency Abbot Shi Yongxin, the spiritual leader of hundreds of millions of Chan Buddhists and an advocate of the modern revival of Shaolin Kung Fu, was presented with an Honorary Doctorate at the Academy.

Rick Rush sketches while watching a Chan Monk perform Shaolin Kung Fu

Rick Rush sketches while watching a Chan Monk perform Shaolin Kung Fu.

To meet the needs and interests of today’s students in globally-relevant sports subjects, the Academy is launching a series of courses on Shaolin Kung Fu, which will be available to students in 2011. The first courses are on the History and Philosophy of Shaolin Kung Fu, as well as the Theory of Shaolin Kung Fu Practices.

One of Rush’s 12 paintings will be selected to be featured on the cover of the textbook being developed by the Academy for the new international program. The U.S. Grandmaster of Shaolin, Steve DeMasco of New Hampshire, provided the Academy with English translations of rare, formerly secret, ancient, Shaolin manuscripts, which are being used as the basis for the textbook.

Academy National Faculty Member Peter Chen Honored in Taiwan

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Dr. Peter Chen, a member of the United States Sports Academy’s National Faculty, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ministry of Education in Taiwan.

Dr. Chen is the Vice President for Oceania of the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance and also Emeritus Principal Lecturer at the Dunedin College of Education, now merged with the University of Otago, New Zealand. He was also the gymnastics coach for Taiwan at the 1964 and 1968 Olympic Games. He just returned to New Zealand after a stint as visiting professor at the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, University of Northern Iowa.

His teaching experience reflects 27 years of service in the East in addition to 27 years in the West, teaching in the areas of leadership, coaching, pedagogy, and philosophical perspectives between East and West.

Academy Honors Veterans with "A Warrior's Sketchbook" Exhibit

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Harry Weber, the 2011 American Sport Art Museum and Archives’ (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor, will honor veterans who served their country with a special art exhibition on the United States Sports Academy’s campus at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 10 November.

The Academy will honor the 235th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps, while kicking off its annual campaign as a major drop-off point for Toys for Tots, with this exhibition. The Marines will recognize the Academy as one of the largest Toys for Tots collection sites in the region.

Weber will display 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.”

He also presented the Academy with a bronze statue of a soldier holding up an American flag, entitled “Wounded Warrior.” This sculpture is being donated in recognition of the Academy’s dedication to educating the nation’s wounded warriors.

Weber is donating the sketches featured in the art exhibit to ASAMA, and they will be 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.

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.

Sports Illustrated Hockey Painting Donated to ASAMA

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“NHL,” a painting Sports Illustrated commissioned the late Edward Kasper to create in 1974, has been donated to the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA).

The painting, which depicts an ice hockey referee dropping a puck for a face-off, is being donated by Scott Klion of New York, who purchased the piece in 1978.

Kasper was a native of Connecticut, who went to the Yale University School of Fine Arts. He was known mostly for sport art, working free-lance for Sports Illustrated in the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s. He exhibited at Dartmouth College, Spectrum Fine Arts in New York City, and many other galleries throughout New England. He also did illustrations for Columbia Records, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and a number of books. For the last 15 years of his life, he specialized in portraits. He lived most of his life in Wilton, Connecticut, and died in 1997.

“My father developed tuberculosis of the hip at age five, well before there was any effective treatment for TB,” Kasper’s son, Dr. Edward Kasper, said. “He spent from age five until high school in a TB sanitarium for children with bone TB – very common in those days.”

“Because he had to stay off his feet, he learned to paint. He left the sanitarium to go to Milford High School. The art teacher recognized his talent and asked him to paint a mural on a wall in the high school. He painted a history of mathematics with about 15 life-sized figures of famous mathematicians. The art teacher notified the Dean of the Yale art school who, upon seeing the mural, offered him a full scholarship.”

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.

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