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Sports Stars & Famous Artists Featured in Online Sport Art Book

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Presenting 25 years of great sport art, the United States Sports Academy has published its first digital book, Contemporary Sport Art: The Artist and The Athlete. Each artist profiled is a recipient of the prestigious Sport Artist of the Year Award.

The brainstorm of Academy President and CEO, Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, this intriguing combination of epic sports stories, artist biographies, and photos of dramatic sport art covers artists and athletes from across the globe throughout the exciting years that define sport as we experience it today.

Displaying over 350 color photos and 30 biographies of major world artists, the new digital publication, which can be viewed at http://www.asama.org/awards-of-sport/medallion-series/sport-artist-of-the-year, offers a unique opportunity to understand the rich history of sports and the evolution of attitudes toward all the parts of life that sports reflect. Captured for posterity in many of their defining career moments by renowned painters, photographers, and sculptors, the sports icons portrayed in the book include: baseball great, Jackie Robinson, by Kadir Nelson of California; gold medalist, Nastia Liukin, by Bruce Larsen of Alabama; football’s Forrest Gregg by Robert Riger of New York; Shaolin Kung Fu athletes by Gu Gan of China; Muhammad Ali by LeRoy Neiman of New York; Bear Bryant by Daniel A. Moore of Alabama; Bing Mah Yongs by Charles Billich of Australia; golf’s beloved Jack Nicklaus by Donald Moss of Massachusetts; Olympic myths by Daniel You of France; Red Sox 2004 World Series by Opie Otterstad of Texas; and the symbolic figure of Victory by Sergey Eylanbekov of New York.

The international scope of the artists and the athletes reflects the significant impact of sports in all cultures around the globe along with the key role that art plays in recording this colorful history. Because sport is a universal language and the transmitter of a society’s values, sport can teach important lessons about the path to excellence, the traits of heroism, the healthy response to both victory and defeat, and the immeasurable value of teamwork. The artworks featured in Contemporary Sport Art: The Artist and The Athlete record great moments in these epic confrontations for a wide audience of present and future art enthusiasts and sports fans to learn from and enjoy.

Academy President, Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich brought experienced writer, Anne Kent Rush, author of 15 books through Random House and Simon & Schuster, onboard as the book’s editor. Tobin Terry, a staff writer at the Academy also wrote chapters for the book. The Academy houses the impressive American Sport Art Museum and Archives open to the public and displaying more than 1500 works of sport art in paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints, posters, and photographs.

Academy President Meets With Bahrain Alumni

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Academy President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (left) met with Dr. Bassam Qambar (middle) and Dr. Samia Al-Qatan of the University of Bahrain’s College of Education during the president’s recent visit to the Kingdom. Dr. Qambar is a graduate of the Academy’s doctoral program and he, and Dr. Al-Qatan work for the General Organization for Youth and Sport where the Academy currently has a contract to deliver its International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) program.

Academy President Visits Bahrain to Discuss Education Programs

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Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa (left), President of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s General Organization for Youth and Sport (GOYS) met with Academy President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich during the president’s recent visit to Bahrain. The two discussed the ongoing International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) program, and the Kingdom’s sports administration for the upcoming academic year.

Academy Mourns Passing of 1985 Sport Artist of the Year, Donald Moss

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Donald Moss, 1985 Sport Artist of the Year

Donald Moss, the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 1985 Sport Artist of the Year, died Tuesday, 18 May at the age of 90.

Moss was a celebrated illustrator, as well as an artist, and one of the last surviving veterans of the First Marine Division’s Guadalcanal Campaign of WWII.

Barely one month before his death, United States Sports Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich presented an artist proof of Moss’ “Twelfth at Augusta” painting to the Honorable Dato Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, at a special dinner in New York City. The painting is a tribute to the 12th hole at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, where the Masters Tournment is played.

Moss is survived by his wife of 60 years, Virginia (“Sally”) Hardesty Moss, three children, and five grandchildren.

Moss’ paintings are featured in The Best of Sports Illustrated, many museums, and the baseball, basketball, and tennis halls of fame as well as United States Golf Association’s Golf House. He was invited to the White House by President Ronald Reagan for the openng of the Smithsonian’s “Champions of American Sport Exhibition,” which featured his paintings of Ted Williams and Jack Nicklaus.

He has designed a dozen commemorative stamps for the United States Postal Service, including one for the “50th Anniversary of Tennis” and was selected as an illustrator for the 1980 XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y. for which he also created stamps.

Moss is also known for his military art. The former Marine corporal received an award in Guam’s Art Exhibition for his work, “Marine Still Life.”

The Sport Artist of the Year Award is presented 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 including film, video or sculpture to depict the breadth and scope of both the agony and the ecstasy of sport.

Founded in 1984, ASAMA is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of more than 1,500 pieces across all media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints, posters, and photography.

Coveted Coach of the Year Award Won by Alabama's Nick Saban

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An enhusiastic crowd of Tide faithful braved stormy skies to turn out to see Alabama Head Football Coach, Nick Saban, receive the 2009 Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award on the campus of the United States Sports Academy Tuesday, 18 May 2010.

In addition to receiving the Academy’s “Order of the Eagle Exemplar” for the Stagg Award, Coach Saban also received a sculpture created by renowned environmental and 2009 Academy Sport Artist of the Year, Bruce Larsen. Created from materials found entirely within Baldwin County, the sculpture depicts a charging elephant, emblematic of the Alabama Crimson Tide Football Team.

Also on the program was the dedication by Saban of the Iron Bowl Monument created by Bruce Larsen and unveiled in a January ceremony that featured Collegiate All American football players, Gaylon McCollough, M.D. (Alabama), and Jackie Burkett (Auburn).

The Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award is presented to that individual who has experienced outstanding achievement as a coach. Those selected have exhibited a high standard of propriety, imagination, innovation, and character building in the tradition of great teacher-coaches. The Alabama Crimson Tide under Coach Saban went undefeated in 2009, a team that also produced the University of Alabama’s first Heisman Trophy winner in tailback Mark Ingram.

Academy Celebrates New Sport Agreement with Republic of Gabon

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United States Sports Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich (left) meets with Republic of Gabon Presdient Ali Bongo Ondimba in the Gabonese capital of Libreville to discuss the president’s vision for sport in his country.

A meeting between Republic of Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba and United States Sports Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich resulted in an agreement for the Academy to assess the west-central African nation’s sport program.

The agreement was signed by Dr. Rosandich and President Ondimba’s chief of staff after the Ondimba and Academy VP had a detailed discussion about the President’s vision for sports during a visit to Libreville, Gabon’s capital city.

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. Representatives of the Academy will make recommendations based on their findings.

Academy Faculty Present at Distance Learning Conference

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Dr. Fred Cromartie, Director of Doctoral Studies and Chair of Sports Management

United States Sports Academy Director of Doctoral Studies/Chair of Sports Management Dr. Fred Cromartie and presented the aspects of a rare online doctoral program during a convention in St. Louis.

At the United States Distance Learning Association National Conference, the two professors gave a presentation on the Academy’s Doctoral Portfolio, which was adopted by the institution in 2009. The portfolio system helps students place the focus of their studies on research and independent writing as opposed to a written comprehensive examination. Although no other attendees of their session, which occurred on 4 May, were from institutions that had online doctoral programs, the portfolio concept drew a lot of interest. The professors spoke to delegates individually about the applications of a portfolio in other educational plans.

Dr. Scott Johnson, Chair of Sport Coaching

Dr. Cromartie earned his doctorate and a master’s degree from the Academy. He also has a master’s in Human Resource Development from Webster University and a bachelor’s from Ripon College. In addition to his roles as chair and director, he is a full-time faculty member.

Dr. Johnson received his doctorate and master’s from West Virginia University, where he also served as a graduate assistant, working with student-athletes. Dr. Johnson is also a full-time faculty member at the Academy.

Olympia Speech by Academy President on the Use of Art in Olympic Education

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United States Sports Academy President and CEO, Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, makes a presentation at the International Olympic Academy

United States Sports Academy President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich’s presentation on Olympic art was well-received at an international session in Athens Greece this past week.

Discussing his two favorite subjects, sport and art, Dr. Rosandich gave a lecture on Olympic posters and their impact on sport art and the Games as part of the International Olympic Academy’s 10th Joint International Session for presidents or directors of National Olympic Academies and officials of National Olympic Committees.

The session centered on new challenges that Olympic organizing committees and academies must contend with and collaborate on in this era of the Games.

Dr. Rosandich is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Commission for Culture and Olympic Education, which advises the IOC on the promotion of culture and Olympic education as well as supports programs and activities related to the education of youth through sport. Its role is to advise the IOC Executive Board on what policies the IOC and Olympic Movement should adopt in terms of the promotion of culture and Olympic education.

Master’s Program at Academy Given “Best Buy” Rating

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For the second year in a row the United States Sports Academy’s Master of Sport Science program in sports management has been given a “Best Buy” rating by GetEducated.com.

The Academy’s program was one of only two sports management master’s programs to earn the designation and it was the only private institution with a sport management degree program on the list.

These rankings were calculated by comparing publicly posted tuition and distance education fees at 56 regionally accredited and regional accreditation candidate universities in the U.S that offer 94 master’s degrees through distance education in the career areas of management and administration.

To appear on GetEducated’s Best Buy list the degrees profiled must objectively cost less than the average cost of all the degrees surveyed in the comprehensive data set. The average cost for this data set was $21,705.

Rankings are based on a Fall 2009 survey. Costs were valid at the time of collection (Fall 2009).

Malaysian Prime Minister Receives Classic Proof from Academy-honored artist

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The Honorable Dato Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, was presented with an artist’s proof of a classic sports painting “Twelfth at Augusta,” at a special dinner in New York City Friday, 16 April. United States Sports Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich made the presentation.

The painting is the work of 1985 American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year Donald Moss. The piece depicts the most famous hole at the Augusta Country Club in Augusta, Ga., the club that hosts the Master’s Tournament. It was presented during a dinner the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) and the Academy hosted for the Prime Minister and First Lady of Malaysia at the Regis Hotel.

Moss’ paintings are featured in The Best of Sports Illustrated, many museums, and the baseball, basketball, and tennis halls of fame as well as United States Golf Association’s Golf House. He was invited to the White House by President Ronald Reagan for the opening of the Smithsonian’s “Champions of American Sport Exhibition,” which featured his paintings of Ted Williams and Jack Nicklaus.

He has designed a dozen commemorative stamps for the United States Postal Service, including one for the “50th Anniversary of Tennis” and was selected as an illustrator for the 1980 XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y. for which he also created stamps.

Moss is also known for his military art. A veteran of the Guadalcanal Campaign in World War II, the former Marine corporal received an award in Guam’s Art Exhibition for his work, “Marine Still Life.”

The work was one of three ASAMA Sport Artist of the Year winners’ pieces that were presented that weekend. Sculptor Sergey Eylanbekov, the 2004 Sport Artist of the Year, created the sculpture used for the inaugural BCIU International Peace and Harmony Award, which was presented to Malaysia’s First Lady, Her Excellency Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Bruce Larsen, the found object artist from Fairhope and 2009 Sport Artist of the Year, designed a sculpture of a dancer that was presented to Datin Seri Rosmah, who is an accomplished vocalist in Malaysia as well as a very active First Lady.

Two Sports Artists of the Year were present at the dinner. Along with Eylanbekov, current Sport Artist of the Year TAFA was present and he joined the Malaysian Prime Minister and First Lady in a rendition of the 1985 fundraising song “We Are The World” on stage at the gala.

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