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Academy Celebrates Toys for Tots Kickoff, Marine Birthday with Art Exhibit

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The United States Sports 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 an art exhibition and reception at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 10 November.

The Marines will recognize the Academy as one of the largest Toys for Tots collection sites in the region. Meanwhile, 2011 American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor Harry Weber will recognize servicemen’s contribution to freedom with a series of sketches titled “A Warriors Sketchbook.” He will also present the Academy with a bronze statue of a wounded Vietnam soldier holding up an American flag, titled “Wounded Warrior.”

The Academy, which has been supporting Toys for Tots for nearly two decades, will charge one new, unwrapped toy as admission. The event will take place in the main gallery of ASAMA, which is part of the Academy campus. The toys will be presented to Marines from the Third Force Recon/Fourth Marine Division of Mobile. These marines have rotated in and out of 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.

Denver Broncos' Tebow Youngest to Win Academy’s Humanitarian Award

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Tim Tebow

Denver Broncos’ rookie quarterback Tim Tebow was presented with the Academy’s 2009 Jackie Robinson Humanitarian Award on Tuesday, 12 October, in Denver by Academy Trustee Emerita Dr. Evie Dennis.

Tebow is the youngest winner in the history of the Jackie Robinson Humanitarian Award. Prior to being drafted in the first round by the Broncos, he started for three years for the University of Florida Gators, winning the Heisman Trophy in 2007 and national championship in 2008. His on- and off-the-field actions as a college player received praise from coaches all over the nation.

“Football. Athleticism. Leadership. Charity work. His faith. You name it. I’ve never seen anybody who had all that in one package,” said former Georgia head football coach and Athletic Director Vince Dooley.

Alabama coach Nick Saban, whose team ended the Gators’ 22-game winning streak and their reign as national champions during the 2009 Southeastern Conference championship game, said following the contest that he used Tebow’s character as an example of how he wanted his players to conduct themselves.

Raised in a family with missionaries as parents, Tebow has followed in their footsteps. He frequently participates in overseas missions to countries such as the Philippines, Thailand and Croatia. He speaks to and prays with prison inmates and has visited orphanages and leper colonies and volunteers at hospitals.

The presenter, Dr. Dennis, is a former vice president of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and superintendent of Denver Public Schools. She was the first woman to serve as a chef de mission for the USOC in the 1988 South Korean Summer Olympics. As an educator, Dr. Dennis was an active advocate of gender equity in athletics and monitored the U.S. District Court order to desegregate Denver Public Schools.

The Jackie Robinson Humanitarian Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated a concern for mankind. The winner should exhibit the qualities of dedication, grace under pressure, personal sacrifice, compassion, hope, and dignity that characterize the promotion of human welfare and social reform.

Jack Roosevelt Robinson broke the baseball color barrier by displaying his skills while at the same time subjugating his pride, to prove an awareness of our failings as well as his abilities. Had he lacked the discipline, not to mention the dedication, America and sport would be spiritually and athletically poorer.

Gamecocks' Historic Win is Academy's College Football Game of the Week

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Alabama vs. Gamecocks 2010
Alabama vs. Gamecocks 2010
Alabama vs. Gamecocks 2010
Alabama vs. Gamecocks 2010

All images courtesy of South Carolina Athletics

No. 19 South Carolina defeated No. 1 Alabama in the program’s first-ever victory over a No. 1-ranked team in the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Week.

In a 35-21 victory at Columbia, S.C., the Gamecocks defense held Alabama’s powerhouse backfield of Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson to 64 yards and sacked quarterback Greg McElroy seven times. The defending national champion Crimson Tide had come in on a 19-game win streak.

The College Football Game of the Week, voted upon by a national panel of experts, is nominated for the College Football Game of the Year at the end of the regular season.

Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy donates the painting to the winning university, along with $5,000 for its general scholarship fund.

I think that this game was meant to be. I used a line that I’ve never used in my life, but since our basketball team had beat the No. 1 (team) and our baseball team had done it, I said, ‘Fellas, if fate means for us to win this game Saturday then lets give it a chance. Lets give fate a chance to happen.’ Our guys played their hearts out, a lot of outstanding individual plays and we held on and got a few breaks here and there. That is the best our offense has played ever since I’ve been here without a doubt. We scored five touchdowns out of about eight real possessions. Stephen Garcia played the best he’s ever played. Alshon (Jeffery) is something else; all the guys were very good. I think it was just meant to be. Fate was on our side for us to beat the No. 1 in all three major sports in 2010. I’m very proud of them, proud of the offensive line, they played well, very well for our team, it was a super team effort.
– South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier

Tennis Stars Shine in September Athlete of the Month Voting

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Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

U.S. Open singles tennis champions Rafael Nadal and Kim Clijsters were named Male and Female Athlete of the Month for September by the United States Sports Academy.

At age 24 Nadal, the three-time Athlete of the Month selection for 2010, has nine grand slam titles, more than halfway to Roger Federer’s 16 trophies. The Spaniard’s ninth title came when he beat Novak Djokovic 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in the finals of the U.S. Open in Flushing, N.Y.

Kim Clijsters

Kim Clijsters

Clijsters, from Belgium, won her second consecutive and third career U.S. Open title by defeating Vera Zvonareva in 59 minutes, 6-2, 6-1, in the finals.

NBA star Kevin Durant finished second to Nadal in the male balloting. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward scored 38 in the quarterfinals, 33 in the semifinals and 28 in the finals to earn MVP honors in the World Basketball Championships.

Finishing second to Clijsters was Amelie Caze of France. Caze won her third world pentathlon championship in China when she easily beat Donata Rimsaite of Lithuania, who placed second, and Olympic Champion Lena Schoneborn of Germany.

The third-place finisher on the male ballot was distance runner Leonard Patrick Komon of Kenya. The 22-year-old clocked a world-record 26:44 in the 10 kilometers at the ABN AMRO Singel loop in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Australian basketball player Lauren Jackson finished third on the women’s side after the Seattle Storm’s forward/center became the fourth player to win the WNBA MVP and Finals MVP in the same season. She finished 4th in the league in scoring, 6th in rebounds and 5th in blocks.

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.

Academy Supports 2010 Toys for Tots Campaign

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The Christmas tree in the Academy’s Main Lobby overflowed with donations for the Toys for Tots campaign in 2009.

The Christmas tree in the Academy’s Main Lobby overflowed with donations for the Toys for Tots campaign in 2009.

The United States Sports Academy and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Foundation are teaming up for the 16th consecutive year to help underprivileged children in Mobile and Baldwin Counties enjoy a memorable Christmas.

Long considered the region’s largest collection center for the Toys for Tots program, local residents may bring donations to the Academy from 1 November – 10 December each Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Academy encourages individuals, schools, clubs, associations, and businesses in the area to drop off their new, unwrapped toys to help assist those who need it most this time of year.

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.

The Toys for Tots program was founded in 1947 by Marine Corps Maj. William L. Hendricks, when Hendricks and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles first collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The following year, the Marine Corps Reserve adopted the concept and made it a national endeavor.

If you do not live in Baldwin or Mobile Counties, visit the Toys for Tots website to find a drop location in your area or to make a cash donation.

Baseball Star Albert Pujols Wins 2010 Jackie Robinson Humanitarian Award

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Harry Weber

Albert Pujols will be recognized for his service to people with Down Syndrome, and impoverished people in his native Dominican Republic, with the United States Sports Academy’s 2010 Jackie Robinson Humanitarian Award.

Jack Scharr, the Academy’s Board of Trustees Chairman of the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA), will present the award at the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony Tuesday, 16 November.

Pujols’ accomplishments in baseball are well known. He is a three-time National League Most Valuable Player and a two-time Major League Baseball Player of the Year. He and his wife, Deidra, whose daughter has Down Syndrome, formed the Pujols Family Foundation (PFF) five years ago, to benefit people with Down syndrome, disabilities, and/or life threatening illnesses, as well as children and families living in impoverished conditions in the Dominican Republic.

Raising a child with Down Syndrome had given the Pujols family an understanding of what families in the same situation want and need, therefore the foundation supports a variety of programs to meet these needs.

This past month, nearly the entire Cardinal active roster took time off from a pennant race with the Cincinnati Reds to attend the Country Club of St. Albans near St. Louis for the Albert Pujols Celebrity Golf Classic, to raise money for and bring awareness to Foundation projects in the Dominican community of Batey Aleman. The main project, “Batey Baseball,” involves forming a baseball league in the community. Cardinal manager Tony LaRussa, his entire staff, Shaquille O’Neal, Bo Jackson, Bobby Knight and hockey player Barret Jacksman also attended.

Representatives of the foundation went on a fact-finding mission to Batey in February to launch the Batey Baseball and “Nest” initiative. Nest is an organization that makes micro-business loans to women in developing countries to create vocational skills and make products for the U.S. market.

The Jackie Robinson Humanitarian Award is part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport program, honoring “the artist and the athlete.” It is presented to an individual who has demonstrated a concern for mankind. This individual should exhibit the qualities of dedication, grace under pressure, personal sacrifice, compassion, hope, and dignity that characterize the promotion of human welfare and social reform. Recent winners include 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, New York Jets running back LaDamian Tomlinson, Tiger Woods, and former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo.

Harry Weber Named 2011 Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor

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Harry Weber

Harry Weber, a man who has had a busy decade decorating the country with bronze statues of athletes and historical figures, has been named the American Sport Art Museum and Archives’ (ASAMA) 2011 Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor.

Jack Scharr, the United States Sports Academy’s Board of Trustees Chairman of ASAMA, will present the award to Weber at a gala honoring sport art at 6 p.m. on Friday, 22 October at the Foundry Art Centre in the St. Louis suburb of St. Charles, Mo.

The 21st century has been a busy time for Weber. Thirty-six of his 44 most noted works have been displayed at major venues within the last 10 years. 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.

Weber’s 20-inch bronze statues of Larry Bird and former WNBA player Jackie Stiles are used for the trophies given to the men’s and women’s basketball Most Valuable Players of the Missouri Valley Conference.

His list of sports work is lengthy, but he has also been commissioned to create statues of historical figures. “Late May, 1805” is a diorama of the Lewis and Clark expedition involving many life-size bronze sculptures, a 60-foot mural, and a 12-foot waterfall. The diorama was installed inside the lobby of the Drury Plaza Hotel in downtown St. Louis, and has been designated a National Lewis and Clark site by the Federal Parks Department.

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.

Academy Arranges Tour of American Sport for Thailand Sport Leaders

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Delegates from the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) visited United States Sports Academy campus this week on the final half of its fourth annual study tour of sport in the United States.

The Academy has delivered sports programs in more than 60 countries around the world. The Academy has a long-standing relationship with the SAT, sending instructors to Thailand to teach certification courses in the Sports Management and Sports Coaching programs. The SAT is Thailand’s primary sports organization and plays a vital role in developing sport.

Betsy Smith, Associate Dean of Continuing Education, has led 18 administrators from the SAT around the country to observe top sports programs and university facilities in the United States. The tour began in California, where the delegation attended a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers in San Francisco’s AT&T Park on 14 September.

“What impressed them the most about all of the sporting events we attended was that they were family events,” Smith said. “In Thailand, it’s mostly men that attend sporting events with some women and very few children.”

The group traveled to Stanford University the following day and toured the University’s athletic facilities. Stanford, with 35 athletic teams, has won the Director’s Cup for outstanding Division One sports program 16 years in a row. Smith pointed out that the facility for each sport had a wall that listed the Olympians, professional athletes, and the world record holders that Stanford had produced in that sport.

The group spent the last part of the week in Colorado Springs, Colo., touring the Untied States Olympic Training Center Friday and visiting the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) headquarters. The visit was highlighted by a meeting with USOC Chief Operating Officer Norman Bellingham, discussions with Dave McCann, the manager of the Olympic coaching program, and Meredith Miller, high performance director for USA Tae Kwon Do, as well as a tour of the sports performance laboratory given by Dr. Randy Wilbur, physiologist.

The delegates traveled to Mobile, Ala. the next day and attended the University of South Alabama’s football game against Nicholls State.

“They were impressed by the fact that it was a multi-cultural audience,” Smith said about the football game. “And they loved the band. Every time we have people from Thailand here we have to watch the halftime show. In Thailand, they have a band perform before soccer games, but it’s not a marching band.”

After a shopping trip to Foley, Ala. and a visit to Orange Beach on Sunday, the group spent Monday and Tuesday attending seminars conducted by the Academy faculty on sports management, youth sports coaching, sports medicine, and athlete development.

The delegation will spend the rest of the week in Orlando, Fla., for a tour that includes a visit to ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex, the United States Slow-pitch Softball Association’s Slow-Pitch Softball World Series, and the National Touch Rugby Competition.

Pictured from left: Regina Hartman, USOC International Relations Coordinator; Ubon Thongpanya; Rutthasreste Pachatikapanya; Wichien Jomprakon; Paitoon Wong-Anukan; Betsy Smith, United States Sports Academy Associate Dean of Continuing Education; Sumalee Vinyuvat, Sports Authority of Thailand Program Director; Vissanu Laichapis; Varunee Pookwanmuang; Norman Bellingham, USOC Chief Operating Officer; Pabhawin Attasilapakit; Sukit Pitakcharoen; Nilmanee Sriboon; Orasee Jayapoon; Tanayod Putthapong; Rashell Daiphontunya; Sayan Makkharom; Phichayavee Panurushthanon; and Satis Seedokbuab.

UCLA Shocker in Austin is Academy’s College Football Game of the Week

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UCLA took a 1-2 record to Austin and shocked No. 7 Texas 34-12 in the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Week.

After a start of 0-2 that included a 35-0 loss to Stanford, the Bruins bounced back with a win over No. 23 Houston and then Saturday’s victory over the Longhorns. UCLA forced four first-half turnovers and ran over the nation’s No. 2 rushing defense with 264 yards on the ground.

The College Football Game of the Week, voted upon by a national panel of experts, is nominated for the College Football Game of the Year at the end of the regular season.

Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy donates the painting to the winning university, along with $5,000 for its general scholarship fund.

Gabonese Minister of Education and Minister of Sport Experience American Sport During Visit to Academy

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The delegation from Gabon attends the Fairhope-Baldwin County High School football game.

The delegation from Gabon attends the Fairhope-Baldwin County High School football game.

Gabon’s minister of education and minister of culture, youth and sport led a delegation of seven visitors discussing sport and observing the local sport culture in a visit hosted by the United States Sports Academy this past week.

Seraphin Moundounga, Minister of National Education and Higher Education and René Ndémézo’o Obiang, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, visited the Academy, attended three sporting events, and observed a physical education class during a busy two-day visit. The Academy formalized an agreement with Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba, the President of Gabon, in March of 2010, to bring its sport education programs to the nation. Under the agreement, the Academy will send a team of experts to Gabon to assess the current state of facilities, equipment, programs, and staff qualifications, as well as other associated aspects of Gabon’s sport program in late October.

The delegation from the Central African nation observed the local sport activities by attending the Fairhope-Baldwin County high school football game Friday, and then watching a youth soccer game Saturday morning before attending the South Alabama-Nicholls State college football game that afternoon.

Friday morning, the visitors attended a demonstration of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) equipment, which was presented to the Academy faculty and staff by Dr. Michelle Riello and former University of Kansas women’s basketball coach Marianne Washington. After a tour of the Academy and the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA), the visitors met with Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich to discuss their country’s sport programs.

His Excellency Seraphin Moundounga, the Minister of National Education and Higher Education (center), and His Excellency René Ndémézo'o Obiang, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport (right), present a special commemorative book on Gabon to Daphne High School Principal Don Blanchard.

His Excellency Seraphin Moundounga, the Minister of National Education and Higher Education (center), and His Excellency René Ndémézo’o Obiang, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport (right), present a special commemorative book on Gabon to Daphne High School Principal Don Blanchard.

That afternoon, the Gabonese observed a women’s volleyball practice and a physical education class at Daphne High School (DHS) and made a presentation to the International Baccalaureate Students. While at DHS, the Ministers presented a special commemorative book on Gabon to Principal Don Blanchard.

The Gabonese delegation also included Evariste Leyinda and Nicolas Beyeme Nguema from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports; A. Oyan Ondo MVE, (Monique) IOC Board Member Gabon; Armand Mavioga Moussavou, aide to the Minister of Education; Anna Bouandja Ndjana, private secretary to the Minister of Education; and David Dubroff of the Washington, D.C. – based consulting firm Scribe Strategies and Advisors.

Game of the Year Painting Revealed at Academy Art Show

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2005 Sport Artist of the Year Daniel Moore with the Academy's 2009 College Football Game of the Year Award painting.

2005 Sport Artist of the Year Daniel Moore with the Academy’s 2009 College Football Game of the Year Award painting.

Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy’s key third-down conversion in the 2009 Southeastern Conference Championship Game was relived through the colorful vision of Daniel Moore when the United States Sports Academy’s 2009 College Football Game of the Year painting was unveiled at an art show on the Academy’s Daphne campus Thursday.

At the “Tribute to Alabama Football” art show, Moore, the 2005 American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year, used the opportunity to pay tribute to the Crimson Tide’s starting quarterback.

“While most star quarterbacks are starting their junior year in high school, he was holding a clipboard while being backup to future Missouri Heisman Trophy candidate Chase Daniel,” Moore said. “But while he did not have the physical skills that other quarterbacks had, he knew what it took to be a winner.”

The painting depicts McElroy stepping out of bounds at the first down marker after tip-toeing outside the sidelines for a key third-down play in Alabama’s 32-13 victory over Florida.

Moore donated forty-one certified limited edition prints depicting the Alabama-Auburn football rivalry, and they were placed on sale through a silent auction during the show. These works are featured in Moore’s book Iron Bowl Gold. The prints depict each of the Alabama-Auburn games, traditionally called the Iron Bowl, played from 1948 through 1988. While the Alabama-Auburn series is now a “home and home” event, these games were played on a neutral site, Legion Field in Birmingham, during that 41-year span.

Copies of Iron Bowl Gold were purchased and personalized by Moore. Written by legendary football announcer, Keith Jackson, additional copies of the book are currently available in the Academy Bookstore.

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.”

College Football Game of the Year Committee

The members of the College Football Game of the Year Committee read 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.

Chairman

  • Mr. Jack Lengyel, Former AD, Naval Academy

Committee Members

  • Mr. Robert Casciola, Former CEO, National Football Foundation
  • Mr. Mike Cleary, Executive Director, NACDA
  • Mr. Ron Dickerson, Former Football Coach, Temple University
  • Mr. Vince Dooley, Former Football Coach, University of Georgia
  • Mr. James Jones, Former AD, Ohio State
  • Mr. Mike Lude, Former AD, University of Washington
  • Mr. Dave Maggard, Former AD, University of California
  • Mr. Daniel Moore, 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, United States Sports Academy
  • Ms. Christine Plonsky, Director of Women’s Athletics, University of Texas
  • Mr. Gene Policinski, Former Sports Editor, USA Today
  • Dr. Homer Rice, Former Football Coach, Georgia Tech
  • Mr. Dick Tamburo, Former AD, Arizona State
  • Mr. Roger Valdiserri, Former SID and Associate AD, Notre Dame
  • Ms. Jeane Willis, Senior Producer, SportsNet Television Station New York
  • Mr. Frank Windegger, Former AD, Texas Christian University
  • Dr. Richard Young, Former AD, Oklahoma State/Washington State

College Football Game of the Year Award Recipients

2006: Rutgers University
Rutgers 28, Louisville 25
2007: Appalachian State University
Appalachian State 34, Michigan 32
2008: Texas Tech University
Texas Tech 39, Texas 33
2009: University of Alabama
Alabama 32, Florida 13

2010 College Football Games of the Week

Week 1
Jacksonville State stunned the University of Mississippi in a 49-48 double-overtime upset win in Oxford, Mississippi.
Week 2
James Madison University surprised heavily-favored Virginia Tech in an exciting 21-16 victory.
Week 3
Using a fake field goal in overtime the Michigan State Spartans surprised Notre Dame and scored the winning touchdown in overtime 34-31.
Week 4
UCLA took a 1-2 record into Austin, Texas, and shocked the No. 7 Texas Longhorns 34-12.
Week 5
No. 4 Oregon fell behind No. 9 Stanford 21-3 in the first quarter, then mounted an offensive attack that took them past the Stanford Cardinal to post a 52-31 victory.

Top Researcher and Kansas Coaching Legend Breathe New Life into Sports Medicine

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Dr. Michelle Reillo (left) and Coach Marian Washington visited the Academy's campus to demonstrate a portable Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chamber.

Dr. Michelle Reillo (left) and Coach Marian Washington visited the Academy’s campus to demonstrate a portable Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chamber.

An established health researcher and a longtime University of Kansas women’s basketball coach have teamed up to introduce a new way of helping a form of oxygen therapy revolutionize sports medicine at all levels.

Dr. Michelle Reillo, a former education professor at the College of Notre Dame in Maryland, is the Director of the Hyperbaric Treatment Association (HTA). Her associate is Marian Washington, who coached the Jayhawks for 31 years and coached basketball internationally before retiring in 2004.

The two recently visited the Academy’s campus to donate and demonstrate a portable Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) unit. HBOT involves the administration of oxygen to a human being within a pressurized vessel. A medical application originally used in the military and primarily used by the naval forces, HBOT has been used effectively to treat non-healing wounds, decompression sickness, and crushing injuries. The new portable unit will allow athletic trainers, coaches, and other sport professionals to use this method to treat athletes.

Reillo brings with her a diverse academic background. She has a Ph. D in education and a master’s in gerontology from the College of Notre Dame. She taught research, design, and quantitative statistics, and was also one of Maryland’s leading HIV researchers, having worked with the state of Maryland, the Center for Disease Control, and the University of Maryland at Baltimore on research and treatment for AIDS.

Washington, who was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame after her retirement, led Kansas to 11 NCAA postseason Tournament appearances and twice went to the Sweet Sixteen. She was the first African-American to coach an Olympic women’s basketball team, serving as an assistant on the 1996 U.S. Olympic gold medal winning team. She was the first African-American woman to serve as head coach for a U.S. international team, guiding the 1982 U.S. Select team to a silver medal in Taiwan. Washington was named conference coach of the year three times and was named Coach of the Year by the Black Coaches Association twice.

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