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Eastern Shore Art Center’s Raia Named Chairperson of Academy’s Art Committee

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Nancy Raia, the community outreach director for the Eastern Shore Art Center, has been named Chairperson of the United States Sports Academy’s Art Committee.

The Art Committee evaluates artwork and portfolios for the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year Award, which the Academy has awarded to artists from around the world since 1984.

Before her current position with the Eastern Shore Arts Center, Raia served as the ABC project director from 2001 to 2008. She has developed a number of art projects, including the “Hurricane Healing Series,” which started in 2004 to help children affected by hurricanes Ivan and Katrina. Another project is “Art Without Limits,” which is a current project for people with disabilities. In 2009, Raia was named a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of America’s Alabama Chapter.

ASAMA is located on the Academy campus, and is dedicated to the preservation of sports history, art and literature. Founded in 1984, ASAMA recognizes the importance of the cultural connectivity of athletic competition and artistic expression.

Past Sport Artist Winner Making Another Olympic Bid

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Roald Bradstock, 2003 Sport Artist of the Year

Roald Bradstock may be approaching 50 years old, but he’s still chasing the Olympic dream.

Bradstock, winner of the American Sport Art Museum and Archives’ 2003 Sport Artist of the Year award, represented Great Britain in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics in the javelin throw. When he became an American citizen he tried to make the U.S. team and was an alternate for the 1996 Summer Games. He competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

His last Olympic athletic experience was more than 20 years ago, but Bradstock isn’t letting that stop him. After changing his allegiance back to Britain, he is attempting to qualify for the 2012 London Games. He will be 50 years old when those games take place.

Recently, Bradstock took a step toward realizing that dream. He competed at the University of Georgia in Athens. Many of the competitors that day were half his age.

Bradstock had his fellow competitors turning heads, and not only for his age. He smashed 12 UK national age records — six UK javelin age records for a 47-year-old, the furthest by 32.8 feet (10 meters). He also broke six UK age group records (45-49) with a throw of 228.1 feet (69.54 meters), bettering it by 19 feet (six meters). The performance ranks him atop the 2010 world veterans rankings.

Bradstock, an Olympic artist who has been dubbed “The Olympic Picasso,” has been writing a blog about his efforts to qualify at http://www.insidethegames.biz. His latest entry can be read by clicking here.

Academy Hosting Malaysian Prime Minister and First Lady in New York

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Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich, left, and 2009 Sport Artist of the Year Bruce Larsen show Larsen’s latest piece, a dancer, which will be presented to First Lady Rosmah of Malaysia during a dinner honoring the First Lady and Prime Minister Najib on Friday, 16 April 2010.

The United States Sports Academy joins the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) in hosting a special dinner for The Honorable Dato Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, and the First Lady of Malaysia, Her Excellency Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor. The dinner will take place on Friday, 16 April 2010, at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City.

First Lady Rosmah will receive the inaugural International Peace and Harmony Award in cooperation with the Academy and the BCIU. Representing the BCIU will be former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger. The Academy will be represented by Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich at the presentation.

Russian-American sculptor Sergey Eylanbekov, the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2004 Sport Artist of the Year, designed the piece that will be presented to First Lady Rosmah for the Peace and Harmony Award.

The Academy’s relationship with Malaysia dates back to 1958 when the Academy’s President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich served as the national track and field coach for the country in the third Asian Games in Tokyo. During that event the foundation was laid for the Southeast Asian Games that today brings together the countries in that part of the world for sports competition.

Relations between the Academy and Malaysia have continued over the last 50 years. The Academy is currently helping Malaysia develop their International Sports Academy, as well as a second academy to serve the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which includes founding members Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma, Laos and Brunei.

Prime Minister Najib is in the United States to attend the Nuclear Security Summit, where he met with President Barack Obama during meetings earlier this week. The Academy presented Najib with an Honorary Doctorate in 1991 when he was Malaysia’s Minister of Youth and Sports.

Dr. Rosandich will present to Prime Minister Najib a painting of the 12th hole at Augusta National, the most famous hole on the course that hosts the Masters. The painting was done by 1985 Sport Artist of the Year Donald Moss, a Marine who landed on the island of Guadalcanal whose art career dates back to his service days. As a Marine Corporal, Moss received an award in Guam’s Art Exhibition for his work, “Marine Still Life.”

Bruce Larsen, the Found Object artist from Fairhope and 2009 Sport Artist of the Year, has designed a piece, a dancer, to be presented to First Lady Rosmah, who is an accomplished vocalist in Malaysia.

Academy to Deliver Education Programs in Republic of Gabon

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Republic of Gabon President Ali Ben Bongo and United States Sports Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich signed an agreement to bring the Academy’s sport education programs to the country located in west central Africa.

The Academy will do a master sport plan for the country. Dr. Rosandich and President Bongo signed the agreement in New York, the day President Bongo became Chairman of the United Nations Security Council.

Academy Welcomes Pair to Board of Trustees

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Dr. Susan Blackwood

The United States Sports Academy has added Dr. Susan Blackwood, executive director of the San Antonio Sports Foundation, and Dr. Timothy Broughton, the director of teaching and learning center/athletics director at Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Ala., to its Board of Trustees.

Dr. Blackwood has been with the San Antonio Sports Foundation since 1996. She is responsible for attracting major sporting events to the city. During her tenure San Antonio has hosted three National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Final Fours and hosted the Women’s Final Four earlier this month. She also serves as the foundation’s primary fundraiser and grant solicitor, in addition to serving as a catalyst for developing sports and fitness programs for people of all ages.

Dr. Tim Broughton

Dr. Broughton has been in his position with Bishop State since 2005. He is also an accomplished author, with a number of published articles and short biographies. Among his works is the “Birth of the Civil Rights Movement in Mobile, Alabama,” published by the New England Journal of History in the fall of 2009.

College Standouts Claim March Athletes of the Month Award

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University of Connecticut senior center Tina Charles, a member of the most dominant women’s basketball team in college history, and University of Oregon senior heptathlete Ashton Eaton, who eclipsed one of track and field’s longest-standing records, have been named the United States Sports Academy’s Athletes of the Month for March.

Charles enjoyed a record-setting month for the Huskies, who extended their women’s record win streak to 78 straight games with a berth in the Women’s Final Four. They capped off their season earlier this month with a second straight undefeated season and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship.

In helping UConn reach that pinnacle again, Charles became her school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, passing such legendary names as Nykesha Sales (scoring) and Rebecca Lobo (rebounds). She was also named an Associated Press first-team All-American and the Big East Player of the Year.

Eaton broke Olympic gold medalist Dan O’Brien’s NCAA indoor record in the heptathlon, a mark which stood for 17 years. Eaton finished the seven-sport event with 6,499 points, eclipsing O’Brien’s record of 6,476. Eaton ran a personal-best time of 2 minutes, 32.67 seconds in the 1,000 meters to establish the new record.

Finishing second for the women was American skier Lindsey Vonn, who clinched her third consecutive overall World Cup championship. She also had titles in the downhill, Super-G, and combined events. She was the first woman to win three straight overall titles since Petra Kronberger of Austria (1990-1992). She finished the World Cup season with a U.S. record 11 wins.

Duke University guard Nolan Smith was the runner-up in the men’s category. He scored a career-high 29 points in the Blue Devils’ 78-71 win over Baylor in the South Regional, lifting Duke to its first Final Four since 2004. Smith was named the Most Outstanding Player of the regional. Duke went on to win the NCAA championship earlier this month over Butler.

Finishing third were Baylor freshman center Brittney Griner, who was the Most Outstanding Player in the Memphis Regional after leading the Bears to the Women’s Final Four. She averaged 16.8 points, 8 rebounds and 8.8 blocks in four games that included victories over third-ranked Tennessee and sixth-ranked Duke.

Taking third for the men was United States shot putter Christian Cantwell, who became the first man to ever win three IAAF World Indoor Championships in the shot put. His winning toss of 71 feet, 6 inches gave him the 2010 title, following up on championships in 2004 and 2008.

Athlete of the Month winners are eligible to be included in the Academy’s Athlete of the Year ballot at the end of the year.

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.

Alabama’s Saban to Receive Academy’s Coaching Award on Campus

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Nick Saban, head football coach at the University of Alabama, hoists a crystal ball after the Crimson Tide won the 2009 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) national championship with a win over the University of Texas.

Nick Saban, the head football coach of the 2009 national champion University of Alabama, will be on the campus of the United States Sports Academy at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, 18 May 2010, to accept the Amos Alonzo Stagg Coach of the Year Award.

Saban will be presented the Coach of the Year Award at the Iron Bowl Monument, located on the campus of the Academy near the corner of One Academy Drive and Main Street in Daphne. The public is invited to attend the ceremony free of charge.

The Crimson Tide returned to the top of the college football world during Saban’s third season at the helm. He brought the school its first national championship since 1992 (and 13th overall) with a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) title game win over Texas, 37-21, to finish an undefeated season. Alabama also won its 22nd Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship and first since 1999 with a 32-13 win over No. 1 Florida in a battle of the country’s top-ranked teams. The victory over Florida was selected by the Academy as the 2009 College Football Game of the Year.

The national title was Saban’s second as a head college football coach, having won the 2003 BCS championship with LSU. He has a career college record of 124-50-1 and is 33-8 during three seasons at Alabama.

Saban is a native of Fairmont, W.Va., and a 1973 graduate of Kent State University. Saban and his wife, Terry, have two children, Nicholas and Kristen.

The Amos Alonzo Stagg Coach of the Year Award is given annually to an individual who has experienced outstanding achievement as a coach and exhibits a high standard of propriety, imagination, and innovation as a character-builder in the tradition of great teacher-coaches. Stagg was an accomplished coach in many sports, and is acknowledged as the “Grand Old Man” of the gridiron. He was also a pioneer and innovator during a long and distinguished career associated with athletics. He finished his college head coaching career with a then-record 314 victories.

The Academy has been awarding the Stagg Coach of the Year Award since 1984. Late Grambling coach Eddie Robinson, who was the first to pass Stagg on the all-time college football coaching wins list, was the inaugural recipient of the award. Other past winners include: Penn State’s Joe Paterno (1989 and 2001), Florida State’s Bobby Bowden (1992) and Duke and U.S. Olympic basketball team head coach Mike Krzyzewski (2008).

Eastern Shore Exchange Club Welcomes BayKeeper Representative to the Academy

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Casi Callaway, the executive director of the Mobile BayKeeper, will be the guest speaker at the Eastern Shore Exchange Club’s meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, 15 April at the United States Sports Academy.

BayKeeper works to protect the beauty, health and heritage of the Mobile Bay watershed. Callaway is responsible for coordinating public education, community organizing, research and fundraising. She holds four gubernatorial appointments and serves on boards of several local, state and regional environmental organizations. Mobile BayKeeper has more than 3,500 members and deals with a number of health protection issues.

The Eastern Shore Exchange Club meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Founded in 2008, the club promotes Americanism and raises funding for local agencies whose mission is the prevention of child abuse in the area, including the Exchange Club Family Center of Mobile and Care House in Baldwin County.

For more information on how to join the Exchange Club, e-mail contact@easternshoreexchange.org or mail Eastern Shore Exchange Club, P.O. Box 7880, Spanish Fort, AL, 36577-7880.

IOC Renews Academy President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich as Member of Commission for Culture and Olympic Education

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International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge has renewed the membership of United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich for another term on the Commission for Culture and Olympic Education.

The Commission for Culture and Olympic Education advises the IOC on the promotion of culture and Olympic education and supports IOC 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.

In 1997, Dr. Rosandich received the highest award of the IOC, The Olympic Order, which is “bestowed upon persons who have illustrated the Olympic ideal through his action, has achieved remarkable merit in the sporting world, or has rendered outstanding services to the Olympic cause.”

Dr. T.J. Rosandich to Present This Week at Alabama State Health, P.E., Recreation and Dance Conference

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United States Sports Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich will address the Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (ASAHPERD) at its spring conference in Orange Beach, 8-10 April.

Dr. Rosandich will discuss “Connecting Global Communities through Sports,” which will focus on schools transcending the boundaries of the communities in which they live and work.

Dr. Rosandich chairs the Academy’s Technology Committee and is responsible for international programs. He also spent nine years in Saudi Arabia, where he was the general manager of Saudi American Sports. While in the Middle East, Dr. Rosandich also served other roles, such as the development of sports programs in the Arabian Gulf region and as the advisor to the President of the General Organization for Youth and Sports in Bahrain.

President of the National Senior Games Association Visits Academy

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Phil Godfrey, President of the National Senior Games Association and member of the United States Sports Academy’s Board of Visitors (right) stopped by the campus on Thursday, 1 April 2010 and met with Academy President, Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich.

The Senior Games Sports Movement boasts over 300,000 members, stages a biennial multisport competition for athletes aged 50 years and over and is considered one of the largest sport-for-all movements in the world. Dr. Rosandich serves as the President of North America for the International Sports for All Federation (FISpT) and therefore shares this interest in making sport available for all individuals regardless of factors such as age, gender or nationality.

Among the initiatives discussed was the possibility of organizing of a Pan Pacific Senior Games competition to be staged in China later this year.

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