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Programs Continue in Kingdom of Bahrain

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President of the Bahraini Olympic Committee, His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, meets with Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich to discuss sport programs in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The United States Sports Academy and the Kingdom of Bahrain have agreed to continue their longstanding relationship, as the Academy will continue to deliver its sport programs to the nation.

The Academy currently delivers its International Certificate in Sports Management (ICSM) program in Bahrain. In 2011, the Academy’s International Sport Diploma program will be implemented for the General Organization for Youth in Sports (GOYS).

His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, the head of Bahrain’s Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, discussed initiatives with Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich during recent meetings.

Still an active sportsman, the Bahrain youth and sport leader won the 160 kilometer event in the 2009 Thetford Horse Endurance Rides in Norfolk, UK. He will be competing in the Kentucky Cup Horse Endurance Race in Lexington, Ky. this fall.

Academy Mourns Passing of IOC President Emeritus Samaranch

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From left, Cristobal Gabarron, the 1992 Sport Artist of the Year; former longtime International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch; and Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich at The Atlanta Star.

The United States Sports Academy mourns the passing of former International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Juan Antonio Samaranch, who passed away on Wednesday, 21 April 2010, at the age of 89 in his hometown of Barcelona, Spain.

Samaranch was considered the father of the Paralympic Games, an Olympic event which falls under the governance of the IOC. In his honor, in 2005, the Academy added Samaranch’s name to its IOC Disabled Athlete Award. The Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC Disabled Athlete award is presented annually to an athlete with physical or cognitive disabilities who displays courage, desire and athletic ability in the face of adversity to achieve the goals set forth in the athlete’s particular arena of competition.

Samaranch was the second-longest serving president in IOC history, for 21 years, from 1980 to 2001. He was succeeded by the current president, Jacques Rogge. During Samaranch’s reign the Olympics soared to unprecedented heights in popularity.

Samaranch and Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich shared a close friendship.

“He was a good friend. We shared a strong common interest in the arts, and we had two favorite artists, in (Spanish maestro) Cristobal Gabarron and (Swiss painter) Hans Erni,” said Rosandich. “The Academy lost a good friend.”

Samaranch wrote the foreword for an Academy publication, “The Atlanta Star — An Olympic Forest, A Study in Olympism: History, Art, Culture and Science 1896-1996.” The book was released in conjunction with the 1996 Games in Atlanta which featured The Atlanta Star, a large design that consisted of 26 pillars, representing each Olympiad since 1896, the year the Modern Olympics began. The book featured the Olympic works of Gabarron, the 1992 American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year.

Academy Sport Artist Creates Peace and Harmony Award

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First Lady of Malaysia receives the sculpture created by Eylanbekov.

Past Sport Artist of the Year and internationally acclaimed sculptor Sergey Eylanbekov created the sculpture used for the inaugural International Peace and Harmony Award, which was presented to the First Lady of Malaysia at a ceremony in New York on Friday, 16 April 2010.

From the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), the award was presented to Her Excellency Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, the wife of the Honorable Dato Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, for her extensive charitable efforts and to celebrate the important links between Malaysia and the United States. United States Sports Academy President, Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, whose relationship with Malaysia dates back more than 50 years, and the Academy are vital links in the chain of international cooperation.

Eylanbekov was named an Official Artist for the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games. He produced the U.S. Olympic Team Commemorative Statue. In 2004, he won the International Olympic Committee’s Sport Art Competition for the Athens Olympics and also was named the United States Sports Academy’s Sport Artist of the Year.

Datin Seri Rosmah holds many prestigious positions in various organizations in Malaysia. She is the Acting President of BAKTI, the Welfare Association of Ministry Wives, and President of the Netball Association of Wilayah Persekutuan, as well as a patron of other organizations, including the Children in Hope Foundation, Puspanita Ministry of Defense, Heart to Heart Association of Malaysia, the Persatuan Warga Cinta Negara Malaysia, and the Thalesemia Association of Malaysia.

Women’s Coach of the Year

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Five-time national champion lacrosse coach Kelly Amonte Hiller received the United States Sports Academy’s 2009 C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award for outstanding women’s sports coach of the year, which was presented on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. by Academy alumna/Trustee and ESPN Executive Dr. Linda Moore.

Hiller guided Northwestern University to a 23-0 record and fifth consecutive national championship last year. The Wildcats became just the second lacrosse program to accomplish that feat. Her career record is 147-25 going into a Friday, 30 April home game against Virginia.

As a player, Hiller was the 1995 and 1996 NCAA Division I Lacrosse Player of the Year, leading Maryland to national titles in both seasons. She was a four-time All-America in lacrosse, ending her career as the school’s all-time record holder for career goals (187), assists (132) and points (319, 70 more than second place). In addition, Amonte Hiller also earned All-America accolades in soccer for the Terrapins and was named the ACC Female Athlete of the Year in 1996 for all sports.

Dr. Moore, a member of the Academy’s Board of Trustees who received her master’s degree in sports management from the Academy in 1989, is the Senior Director of Business Administration for ESPN Productions, the division that produces special events like the X Games and ESPN’s original motion pictures.

The C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award is named in honor of Stringer, the only woman to take three different schools to the Women’s Final Four. She is currently the head coach at Rutgers. The award is presented to an individual coaching a female team who exhibits a high standard of propriety, imagination, and innovation as a character-builder in the tradition of great teacher-coaches.

Web Developer Honored by Academy President

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Matthew Turney, a Web Developer at the United States Sports Academy, has been given a Certificate of Appreciation by President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich.

Turney corrected a persisting issue with the Ajax Marking Block for the Course Management System (CMS) that wasn’t being addressed by Moodle developers. Turney’s solution was shared with the Moodle community and incorporated into the most recent release of the product.

Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Coach Accepts Stringer Award

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Kelly Amonte Hiller, left, the 2009 C. Vivian Stringer Coach of the Year, shows off her Order of the Eagle Exemplar Medal and Academy Rosette and plaque she received from Academy Trustee and alumna, Dr. Linda K. Moore, the Senior Director of Business Administration for ESPN.

Northwestern University women’s lacrosse coach Kelly Amonte Hiller, leader of the powerhouse Wildcats program, accepted the United States Sports Academy’s 2009 C. Vivian Stringer Coach of the Year Award on 20 April 2010.

Making the presentation was Trustee Dr. Linda Moore, the Senior Director of Business Administration at ESPN, and an alumna of the Academy.

Amonte Hiller’s 2009 team went 23-0 on the way to its fifth straight NCAA championship, becoming just the second lacrosse program to accomplish that feat. Her career record is 146-25. Including the two national titles she won as an All-American at Maryland, Amonte Hiller now has been part of seven national championships.

Amonte Hiller took over when Northwestern was a club program in 2001. It didn’t take her long to make an impact. After a 5-10 record her first year, the team reached .500 the following season. In the last six seasons combined, the Wildcats have lost a total of six games.

Northwestern is again among the best teams in college lacrosse, with a 12-1 record through 13 games. The Wildcats’ only loss came to No. 2-ranked North Carolina, when Northwestern was ranked No. 1 in the country.

Inaugural Stringer Award Winner Inducted Into Minnesota Coaching Hall of Fame

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Amy Ruley, the legendary former North Dakota State women’s basketball coach and recipient of the United States Sports Academy’s inaugural C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award in 2001, was inducted into the Minnesota Girls’ Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Ruley compiled an impressive 671-198 record during 29 seasons at North Dakota State. She won five National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II national titles in 1991 and four straight from 1993 to 1996. She became North Dakota State’s associate athletic director for development after the 2008 season.

Ruley was inducted into the North Dakota State Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, and was No. 8 on the “50 Greatest Sports Figures in North Dakota” as selected by the staff of Sports Illustrated in 2000.

The C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award is named in honor of Stringer, the only woman to take three different schools to the Women’s Final Four. She is currently the head coach at Rutgers. The award is presented to an individual coaching a female team who exhibits a high standard of propriety, imagination, and innovation as a character-builder in the tradition of great teacher-coaches.

Academy Mourns Passing of Former IOC President Samaranch

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From left, Cristobal Gabarron, the 1992 Sport Artist of the Year; former longtime International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch; and Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich at The Atlanta Star.

The United States Sports Academy mourns the passing of former International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Juan Antonio Samaranch, who passed away on Wednesday, 21 April 2010, at the age of 89 in his hometown of Barcelona, Spain.

Samaranch was the second-longest serving president in IOC history, for 21 years, from 1980 to 2001. He was succeeded by the current president, Jacques Rogge. During Samaranch’s reign the Olympics soared to unprecedented heights in popularity.

Samaranch was considered the father of the Paralympic Games. In his honor, in 2005, the Academy added Samaranch’s name to its IOC Disabled Athlete Award. The award is presented annually to an athlete with physical or cognitive disabilities who displays courage, desire and athletic ability in the face of adversity to achieve the goals set forth in the athlete’s particular arena of competition.

Samaranch and Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich shared a close friendship.

“He was a good friend. We shared a strong common interest in the arts, and we had two favorite artists, in (Spanish maestro) Cristobal Gabarron and (Swiss painter) Hans Erni,” said Rosandich. “The Academy lost a good friend.”

Samaranch wrote the Foreward for an Academy publication, “The Atlanta Star — An Olympic Forest, A Study in Olympism: History, Art, Culture and Science 1896-1996.” The book was released in conjunction with the 1996 Games in Atlanta which featured The Atlanta Star, a large design that consisted of 26 pillars, representing each Olympiad since 1896, the year the Modern Olympics began. The book featured the Olympic works of Gabarron, the 1992 American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year.

Sport Artist TAFA, Malaysian Dignitaries Share Stage at Gala

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TAFA, left, the 2010 Sport Artist of the Year, holds hands with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib as First Lady Rosmah sings “We are the World.”

TAFA, the current American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year, shared the stage with the Prime Minister and First Lady of Malaysia during a gala event at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City on 16 April 2010.

TAFA, Prime Minister Najib and First Lady Rosmah joined renowned singers and actors for a rendition of the song “We are the World” at an event honoring the Malaysian dignitaries which was co-hosted by the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) and the United States Sports Academy.

Oscar winning actor Jamie Foxx emceed the event, which was also attended by fellow Oscar winners Charlize Theron and Robert De Niro as well as Grammy Award nominee Leona Lewis.

First Lady Rosmah accepted the inaugural International Peace and Harmony Award from former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleberger.

Academy, Malaysian Prime Minister Featured in News Story

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Author Evan Weiner wrote a story for examiner.com about the United States Sports Academy and the Malaysian Prime Minister, the Honorable Dato Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, who was in New York on Friday, 16 April 2010 to attend an event honoring the prime minister and the First Lady, Her Excellency Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor.

The link to the story can be found here.

The event was co-hosted by the United States Sports Academy and the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. First Lady Rosmah was awarded the BCIU’s first International Peace and Harmony Award. Weiner discussed with Prime Minister Najib his country’s passion for sports and the industry’s development in the country. The Academy has a number of initiatives under way in Malaysia, and has had relations with the country for 50 years.

Weiner is an author, radio-TV commentator and lecturer on “The Politics of Sports Business. He earned the Academy’s Distinguished Service Award in 2002.

Academy Welcomes March Graduates to Family

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The United States Sports Academy is proud to announce its latest collection of graduates. The Academy considers its alumni its greatest resource. They are renowned as coaches, athletic administrators, college professors, fitness trainers, sports medicine specialists and others who continue to make significant contributions in the field of sport.

Congratulations to the following students, who graduated from the Academy in March.

Doctoral Students

Joseph Spears, Jr.
Ed.D. in Sports Management (Allyn, WA)

Masters Students

Amanda Auman
M.S.S. in Sports Management (Bolivar, NY)
Herbert Brock
M.S.S. in Sports Studies (Winslow, ME)
Steven Felde
M.S.S. in Sports Management (Milwaukee, WI)
Chandra Fontair
M.S.S. in Sports Medicine (Shirley, MA)
Carly Fullerton
M.S.S. in Sports Medicine (Farmville, VA)
Lashawn Henighan
M.S.S. in Sports Management (Kernersville, NC)
Thomas Hill
M.S.S. in Sports Management (Hopkins, SC)
Candice Howell
M.S.S. in Sports Management (Jacksonville, IL)
Darah Huffman
M.S.S. in Sports Management (Greenville, SC)
Tara Hunt
M.S.S. in Sports Studies (Lamar, SC)
Lizette Jaco
M.S.S. in Sports Management / Sports Coaching (Boxborough, MA)
Douglas Lange
M.S.S. in Sports Coaching (New Ulm, MN)
Kevin Laux
M.S.S. in Sports Coaching (Mobile, AL)
Michael Lavallee
M.S.S. in Sports Coaching (Fort Mill, SC)
Joseph Moon
M.S.S. in Sports Studies (Sparta, GA)
Christopher Maiello
M.S.S. in Sports Management (Annapolis, MD)
Andrew Powers
M.S.S. in Sports Coaching (Beaumont, TX)
John Rypel
M.S.S. in Sports Coaching (Knoxville, TN)
Stephen Schreib
M.S.S. in Sports Coaching (Rochester, NY)
Robert Shanklin
M.S.S. in Sports Management (Mobile, AL)
Patrick Suess
M.S.S. in Sports Management (Madison, WI)
Jason Todd
M.S.S. in Sports Coaching (Parrish, AL)
Brian Welch
M.S.S. in Sports Management (Johnsonville, SC)
Edward Wilson
M.S.S. in Sports Coaching (Fairfield, CA)

Bachelor’s Students

Christian Ahangar
B.S.S. in Sports Management (West Allis, WI)
Jason Borden
B.S.S. in Sports Coaching (Green Valley, AZ)
Paul Key Jr.
B.S.S. in Sports Coaching (Dacula, GA)
Scott Rackley
B.S.S. in Sports Coaching (Enterprise, AL)
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