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Canadian Paralympian Accepts IOC Disabled Athlete Award

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Canada’s Chantal Petitclerc accepted the United States Sports Academy’s Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC Disabled Athlete Award during a presentation at the site of the opening ceremony for the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver.

Sir Philip Craven, the president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and a past winner of the Disabled Athlete Award, presented the award to Petitclerc, a dominant figure in wheelchair racing.

Petitclerc has won five gold medals in each of the last two Paralympics, covering races from 100 meters to 1,500 meters. In Beijing in 2008 she set three world records and four Paralympic records. She has 21 career Paralympic medals, including 14 golds.

Petitclerc participated in the opening ceremony for the 2010 Games, which continue through 21 March.

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DSA winner Raschker wins 10 Medals at World Indoor Masters

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Phil Raschker poses with the United States Sports Academy’s Sport Artist of the Year, TAFA, during a gathering at the Academy in January.

Phil Raschker was named USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week after winning 10 medals at the recent 2010 World Indoor Masters Athletics Championships in British Columbia, Canada.

Raschker, 63, received a 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the United States Sports Academy for her continued excellence in senior track and field events. Her run of success continued in British Columbia, where she won golds in the following events in the women’s class for 60-year-olds: 200 meters, 400, 60 hurdles, pole vault, long jump, triple jump and the indoor pentathlon.

She also had silvers in the 60-meter sprint and high jump, and anchored an 800 relay team that finished with bronze.

Raschker is a tax accountant from Marietta, Ga. She is also a member of the Academy’s Board of Visitors.

Academy to Develop Sport Education Programs in Barcelona, Spain

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Maestro Cristobal Gabarron, standing, left, and son Cris Gabarron look on as Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich and Juan Gabarron sign papers.

The United States Sports Academy has reached an agreement with the Gabarron Foundation to deliver sport education programs in the city of Barcelona, Spain.

Barcelona hosted the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. Spain’s Cristobal Gabarron created the magnificent Olympic mural, “History of the Olympic Games,” for the Barcelona Games. It is the largest mural in the world with sport motives. The Board of Trustees for the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) elected Gabarron as the 1992 Sport Artist of the Year.

Cristobal Gabarron and his sons, Cris and Juan, joined Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich in signing the Protocol for Cooperation at the Gabarron Foundation Carriage House Center for the Arts in New York City.

Academy to Deliver Education Programs in Gabon

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Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich and Foreign Minister of the Republic of Gabon Paul Toungui shake hands after signing a Protocol of Cooperation.

The United States Sports Academy and the Republic of Gabon signed an agreement to bring the Academy’s sport education programs to the country located in west central Africa.

Paul Toungui, the foreign minister of Gabon, and Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich signed an agreement during meetings in New York. During a stay in New York, Dr. Rosandich also met with the Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba to discuss programs.

Dr. Susan Blackwood Joins Academy’s Board of Trustees

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Dr. Susan Blackwood of the San Antonio Sports Foundation has been appointed to the United States Sports Academy’s Board of Trustees.

Dr. Blackwood has been executive director of the San Antonio Sports Foundation since 1996. As executive director she is responsible for attracting major sporting events to San Antonio. During her tenure San Antonio has hosted three National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Final Fours and will host the women’s Final Four next 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.

Since 1997, Dr. Blackwood has also served as an adjunct professor at Incarnate Word University in San Antonio, specializing in the topics of leadership and understanding in sports organizations.

Before moving to the San Antonio Sports Foundation, Dr. Blackwood was associate director of athletics at the University of Texas at Austin from 1990 to 1994; assistant commissioner of the Southwest Athletic Conference from 1988 to 1990; and spent seven years as the assistant athletics director of the University Interscholastic League.

Dr. Blackwood earned her bachelor’s in physical science from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1970, where she also earned her master’s (1973) and doctorate (1984).

Council Accepting Abstracts for World Congress

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The International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance (ICHPER-SD) is accepting abstracts for the 52nd World Congress, 8-12 May 2010 in Doha, Qatar.

Abstract submitters must register with the World Congress and be current ICHPER-SD members in order to submit. No abstracts will be accepted after 15 March 2010 unless accompanied by the complete content of its manuscript.

Submitters must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Typed in English, 12 point, Times New Roman font or Arabic 12 B point font size
  • Limited to range of 150 to 200 words and include up to four keywords at the top of the first page for indexing purposes
  • Submissions must be by email or airmail accompanied by a typewritten/computer generated double-spaced copy along with a virus-free floppy computer diskette or CD in MS-Word format

Abstracts in English must be submitted to: ICHPER-SD Headquarters, 1900 Association Drive, Reston, Va., 20191-1598, USA. E-mail address is: Abstracts in Arabic must be submitted to: The Arabic Scientific Committee, WCOC 2010 of the Qatar Olympic Committee, P.O. Box 7494, Olympic Building, Doha, Qatar. E-mail address is:

Notification of acceptance will be by letter or e-mail within three days of reception by the English Scientific Committee or the Arabic Scientific Committee.

For more information, visit (English manuscripts) or (manuscripts in Arabic).

Iron Bowl Monument Finds Permanent Home at Academy

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Unseasonable Alabama weather prevented the United States Sports Academy’s Iron Bowl Monument from reaching its intended home until recently.

Now that the sculpture has been relocated to its permanent spot in the Academy’s Sport Sculpture Park, the next step in the process is to help make the monument the largest tribute to American football in the country.

Football fans who want to show their colors and allegiance to their favorite team or sports fans in general may purchase bricks to be placed at the monument’s base. Bricks can be dedicated to family members or former teammates, favorite coaches or friends. Bricks may be personally engraved with a message of your choice.

Bricks are $50 each and can be personally engraved (up to 18 characters per line including spaces, three lines total). Call 251-626-3303 or visit the Academy’s bookstore to place an order.

New York Yankees President Accepts Academy’s Team of the Year Award

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Yankees President Randy Levine, left, accepts the 2009 Male Team of the Year Award from Harvey Schiller, a former Yankees CEO and 1996 Distinguished Service Award recipient.

New York Yankees President Randy Levine accepted the 2009 Men’s Team of the Year award from the United States Sports Academy. Making the presentation was Dr. Harvey Schiller, a former chief executive officer of the Yankees, and the winner of a 1996 Distinguished Service Award from the Academy.

The Yankees returned to the top of the baseball world in 2009 with their first World Series championship in eight seasons. New York’s power-laden lineup beat the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies in six games for the title.

The return to the top was especially sweet for the Yankees, who in 2008 missed the playoffs for the first time in 13 seasons. They were buoyed by the free-agent additions of pitchers C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett as well as slugging first baseman Mark Teixeira. The newcomers added to a collection of talent that included homegrown stars Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte, as well as star third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who shook off his past postseason struggles and shined in the playoffs.

The Yankees won their championship in their first year in a new stadium, across the street from the venerable, historic Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Jeter, the Yankees’ captain and star shortstop, broke Lou Gehrig’s all-time franchise hit mark during the season, and later on became the first Yankee to be named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.

Academy to Deliver Certification Programs in Denmark

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Posing for a picture are, from left, Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich; President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, Gerlev P.E. President Mr. Finn Berggren; Associate Dean of Continuing Education and Instructional Design Ms. Betsy Smith; and Associate Dean of Student Services, Mr. Craig Bogar.

The United States Sports Academy and the Gerlev P.E. and Sports Academy in Denmark have signed a Protocol for Cooperation.

Gerlev P.E. President Mr. Finn Berggren met with Academy officials, striking an agreement to eventually deliver United States Sports Academy certification programs, as well as build student exchange and mentorship programs between the institutions.

The Gerlev and P.E. Sports Academy was founded in 1938 and is located in the Western Zealand part of Denmark, an hour from Copenhagen. Its course offerings include lessons in such activities as dancing, fitness and massage, martial arts and skiing/snowboarding. Lessons are also taught in such areas as philosophy, psychology, society debate, media production, music and theatre. Students stay on campus with classmates for course terms that can last as long as four months and as short as a week.

Academy Vice President Meets with Malaysian Officials

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The Malaysian Minister of Sports for Melaka, Datuk Capt. (Ret.) Hj Abdul Karim bin Sulaiman, left, Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich, and the Chief Minister of the State of Melaka, Datuk Seri Hj Mohamed Ali Bin Mohamed Rustam, discuss design issues for a swimming pool under construction in Melaka for the 13th national Malaysian Games (SUKMA XIII), set for 10-19 June.

The United States Sports Academy is working with the Malaysian National Sports Institute (ISN) in preparing their coaches and sports administrators to assume leadership roles in the national sports effort through their “Sports Professionalism for One Malaysia” campaign.

Director General Dr. Dato Ramlan bin Abdulaziz met with Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich to discuss the Academy’s education programs with the ISN for the upcoming year. The Academy is currently delivering its International Certificate in Sports Management (ICSM) and International Certificate in Sports Coaching (ICSC) programs through the ISN.

Dr. Rosandich is a member of the ISN Board of Advisors and works with the Director General on a variety of issues, ranging from the structure of a hierarchical national certification scheme to curricular content for certification programs.

The Chief Minister of the State of Melaka, Datuk Seri Hj Mohamed Ali Bin Mohamed Rustam, and the Malaysian Minister of Sports for Melaka, Datuk Capt. (Ret.) Hj Abdul Karim bin Sulaiman, subsequently met with Dr. Rosandich in Melaka on a range of sports facility issues to include legacy planning and the use of the Malaysian Games facilities after the competition is concluded. The 13th National Games will be staged in Melaka beginning on 13 June.

The Academy’s relationship with Malaysia spans decades, beginning when Academy President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich coached in the country before it gained independence in the 1950s.

Olympians Dominate February Athlete of the Month Award

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Olympic gold-medal winners Shaun White of the United States and Kim Yu Na of South Korea were named the United States Sports Academy’s February Athletes of the Month.

There were many multiple gold-medal winners at the Vancouver Games, but White and Yu Na, each of whom competed in only one event, dominated their only competitions like few others. Considering their ages (White is 23 and Yu Na is 19), they might be grabbing headlines for years to come.

White ruled the men’s halfpipe on the way to winning his second straight Olympic gold medal. With an Olympic gold medal already clinched on the strength of his first of two runs, White made his second run a memorable one. He executed a new move, called the “Double McTwist 1260,” and compiled a score of 48.4 in the judged event (the best possible score is 50). White’s runner up had 45 points.

Yu Na, the reigning world champion, had one of the best performances in the history of the sport. Her total of 228.56 points shattered her career-best and world record by 18 points to become the first South Korean to win a figure skating medal. South Korea is so enamored by her performance that it has commissioned a coin in her honor.

Finishing second in the men’s vote was New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who was the Most Valuable Player of the Super Bowl. Brees completed 32 of 39 passes for 288 yards and two scores as the Saints won their first Super Bowl 31-17 over the Indianapolis Colts.

The runner-up in the women’s vote was United States skier Lindsey Vonn, who won a gold medal in the women’s downhill and added a bronze medal in the Super G.

Third-place finishers were U.S. skier Bode Miller for the men and cross country skier Marit Bjoergen of Norway for the women. Miller became the most decorated men’s skier in American history, winning three medals in Vancouver, including a gold medal in the super combined. Bjoergen won more medals than anyone in the Olympics with five. She won three golds, one silver and a bronze.

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 at 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.

President of Gabon meets with Academy Vice President

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Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich presents a plate to His Excellency Ali Ben Bongo, President, The Gabonese Republic.

The president met with United States Sports Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich in New York City.

The president and Dr. Rosandich met to discuss the implementation of sport programs in Gabon, a country of 1.5 million people located in west central Africa.

The president was recently seated as Chairman of the Security Council of the United Nations.

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