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Historic Russian Physical Education School Reaches Agreement with Academy

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Emblem for National State University of Physical Education, Sports, and Health

United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich signed a protocol agreement with the National State University of Physical Education, Sports, and Health, named after P. F. Lesgaft, in Saint Petersburg, Russia, which will allow cooperation between the Russian institution and America’s Sports University in program participation and student exchanges.

The agreement calls for the two institutions to inform one another about the parameters of specialized educational programs in sport science, physical education, and recreation in order to allow for participation from the other school. It also allows for exchanges of students between the two institutions.

Founded in 1896, the Lesgaft School is one of the oldest physical training educational institutions in the world. It was founded by Piotr Frantsovitch Lesgaft, who is considered the father of physical education in Russia.

Caribbean Sports Science University Launched

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The University of Technology in Jamaice (UTech) launched the “Caribbean School of Sports Science,” a department developed with cooperation from the United States Sports Academy, in a ceremony on its campus in Kingston on 23 June.

Professor Errol Morrison, the President of the University of Technology (left), met with Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich during his recent visit to Kingston, Jamaica.

In September 2009, a delegation from UTech visited the Academy campus and a protocol between the United States Sports Academy and UTech was signed. UTech had sought advice and direction from the Academy in establishing a national school of sport to serve the entire Caribbean basin.

The delegation visiting the Academy was led by UTech’s President, the Honorable Professor Errol Morrison. Also in the party during the signing were Director of Sport Anthony Davis, Dr. Colin Gyles, Faculty of Science and Sport, and Dr. Neville Graham, Curriculum Consultant.

Utech is the primary university for Jamaican athletes and has been seeking to establish itself as a center for sport education in the Caribbean for a number of years. “The Academy is pleased and delighted in having played a part in helping UTech, Jamaica, to establish its Caribbean School of Science and Sport,” said Dr. Rosandich. “We believe that it has a solid base and will make a significant contribution to the field of sport education, not only in the Caribbean Basin, but in the world at large.”

Academy Department Chairs to Present at University of South Alabama Medical School

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Dr. Enrico Esposito

The United States Sports Academy’s chairs of sports medicine and sports fitness and health will be giving presentations relating to youth sports at a weekly sports medicine seminar hosted by the University of South Alabama in Mobile on Friday, 18 June.

Dr. Enrico Esposito, chair of sports medicine, will be giving a presentation on injuries in children’s sports. Dr. Jordan Moon, chair of sports fitness and health, will be presenting on children’s sports nutrition. They will be speaking to a group of resident physicians and faculty doctors.

Dr. Jordan Moon

Dr. Esposito has an extensive background in sports medicine, sports chiropractics and sports performance coaching. He is a chiropractic physician with certifications in teaching, athletic training, strength and conditioning, rehabilitation, exercise physiology and sport safety. He has worked as a consultant within the occupational health and safety industry, and the facility construction industry. He has served as an athletic trainer and strength coach at the high school, college, and Olympic levels.

Dr. Moon has trained athletes at all levels, including Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Football League (NFL), and the National Hockey League (NHL), as well as college athletes. Dr. Moon has published several articles on human body composition and changes regarding age and fitness level. Although his primary focus is on the validity and development of body composition measurement devices, Dr. Moon is interested in sports nutrition research and obesity research, as well. He has served as a reviewer for the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism.

Concussion Expert Dr. Cantu Honored by Academy

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Dr. Cantu receives medal from Mr. Thomas Cafaro, member of the Academy’s Board of Trustees, and VP for Enrollment & Marketing, Nichols College

Dr. Robert Cantu, a pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of sport concussions, has been honored with the Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award from the United States Sports Academy.

Dr. Cantu is a clinical professor of Neurosurgery at Boston University School of Medicine, a Founding Member and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board Sports Legacy Institute, Waltham, Massachusetts, and Co-Director of the Neurologic Sports Injury Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.

Dr. Cantu is known worldwide for his work on catastrophic head and neck injuries and post-concussive syndrome. He was the first doctor to establish a grading scale (Grades 1-3) for concussions, based on symptoms at the time of injury. This work has provided medical professionals with vital guidelines where none previously existed. From his data, valuable contributions have been made in sports safety, injury treatment, and accident reduction.

Dr. Cantu has become a valuable voice of sports medicine to television, newspaper, and magazine reporters about the debate involving National Football League (NFL) policies on concussions and studies linking brain disease with head injuries incurred on the football field. This issue is important in many sports that impact both professionals and young amateurs throughout their lives.

Given annually, the Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award is named in honor of a former Olympic athlete, international sports medicine scholar, and Director of the University of Kentucky Rehabilitation Center. It is awarded to experts who contribute significantly to the growth and development of sports medicine through practice and/or scholarly activity. The individual should exhibit a mastery of some aspect of sports medicine through practice or research, be well known in the sports medicine field, and have an abiding belief in ethical behavior and its practice in pursuit of knowledge.

Kenyan Marathon Rookie, American Paddling Prodigy Win Academy’s May Athlete of the Month Honors

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A marathoner who reached an early milestone and an American teenager who is dominating canoeing and kayaking nationally won the United States Sports Academy Male and Female Athlete of the Month honors for May.

Eliud Kiptanui of Kenya was named Male Athlete of the Month after he set a track record, winning the Prague International Marathon in 2:05:39 in only his second marathon. Despite running on a difficult course with several kilometers of cobblestones, the rookie beat the course record by more than two minutes with the sixth-fastest time of the year for all marathons (17th all time). This all occurred less than a month before his 21st birthday.

Hailey Thompson, 16, of Stevens Point, Wisc. was named Female Athlete of the Month after she dominated the C-1W (singles canoe) Class, claiming 1st place in both the Junior & Senior competitions at the combined 2010 USA Junior & Senior Team Trials for slalom canoe and kayak in Wausau, Wisc. She will represent the U.S. this summer in the International Canoe Federation World Cup competitions at Prague, Czech Republic and La Seu d’Urgelle, Spain, the Junior World Championship at Foix, France, and the Senior World Championship in Tacen, Slovenia.

The public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month nominating and balloting processes. Visit the Academy website and fill out the nomination form, 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.

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay finished second on the male side after pitching the second perfect game of the season and only the 20th in the history of Major League Baseball. Hallady is 8-3 this season with a 2.03 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 93 innings.

Daniella Ryf of Switzerland finished second on the female side after winning the second leg of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon Championships in Seoul, South Korea with a time of 2:00:59.

Professional basketball star Kobe Bryant finished third after the Los Angeles Lakers’ guard averaged 29.4 points per game in the Western Conference playoffs, leading his team to its third consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

College lacrosse player Sarah Mollison finished third on the women’s side. The University of Maryland’s attacker had three goals and one assist to lead the Terrapins back from a 6-0 deficit to dethrone five-time defending champion Northwestern in the finals NCAA women’s lacrosse finals.

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, 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.

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