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Bishop State Director of Athletics Named Academy Trustee

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Dr. Timothy Broughton of Bishop State Community College in Mobile has been appointed to the United States Sports Academy’s Board of Trustees.

Broughton, who lives in Mobile, has been the director of teaching and learning center/athletics director at Bishop State since 2005. Before ascending to that position he served as an instructor at Bishop State, Clark Atlanta University and Spelman College. He also served a year at Harvard University as an administrative fellow starting in August of 2003, where he worked with the Harvard Medical School faculty, staff and students to enhance faculty development and curriculum reform.

Broughton earned his Doctor of Arts in Humanities in History from Clark Atlanta University in 2003, and in 1994 obtained his master’s in Religion at the Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. He earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology from Spring Hill College in Mobile.

Broughton is also an accomplished author, with a number of articles and short biographies that have been published. Among his works is the “Birth of the Civil Rights Movement in Mobile, Alabama,” by the New England Journal of History in the fall of 2009. He also co-authored “Culturally Competent Care Education at Harvard University Medical School,” which was submitted to Civil Rights Project of Harvard University, in 2005.

Winter Olympics Art on Display at Academy

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Freestyle skiing has a short history in the Winter Olympics, but has fast become one of the Games’ most popular sports.

The image of athletes soaring through the sky, twisting and turning their skis and poles while airborne, is indelible and eye-pleasing. To help keep sports fans in an Olympic frame of mind, the United States Sports Academy currently has on display a series of posters featuring the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, including one on freestyle skiing.

The series includes such notable artists as: LeRoy Neiman, the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2007 Sport Artist of the Year; actress Jane Seymour; and Susan Sommer-Luarca, the commissioned Official Artist for the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team whose piece on freestyle skiing, “Go Above and Beyond,” is featured in the collection.

The Winter Olympics series is just part of the Academy’s collection devoted to the Olympics. Pieces in conjunction with both the Summer and Winter Games are also on display. ASAMA is free to the public and open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Veteran Pitches Honor Flight South Alabama Program

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World War II veterans Horace Luckey, left, and Jack Thomas joined Dr. Barry Booth for a presentation on the South Alabama Honor Flight at the Academy on Friday, 12 February.

World War II veterans Horace Luckey and Jack Thomas will always share a common bond thanks to the sacrifices they made for their country.

Because of a program like Honor Flight South Alabama, the veterans, lifelong Alabamians and war heroes from the Mobile area, finally met for the first time on 12 February.

Luckey and Thomas joined Dr. Barry Booth, the 2009 Mobile Bay Area Veterans Day Commission’s Veteran of the Year, during a short presentation to the faculty and staff of the United States Sports Academy. The trio promoted the Honor Flight South Alabama program, which flies World War II heroes to Washington D.C. for a daylong trip to the nation’s capital to visit the World War II Memorial and other military monuments.

Thomas’ brother, Ernest “Boots” Thomas, was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for “extraordinary heroism as a Rifle Platoon Leader, serving with Company E, Second Battalion, Twenty-Eighth Marine Division, during action on enemy Japanese-held Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 21 February 1945. When his platoon leader was wounded, Platoon Sergeant Thomas assumed command and, before supporting tanks arrived to cover him, led his men in an assault on a fanatically defended and heavily fortified hostile sector at the base of Mount Suribachi.” “Boots” Thomas commanded the first troops to place a flag on Iwo Jima, which provided the backdrop for one of World War II’s most famous images. “Boots” Thomas was killed six days later.

South Alabama Honor Flights leave Mobile at 5 a.m. to embark on their journey to D.C. Upon returning to Mobile the same evening, the veterans are greeted by rousing ovations and an overflow crowd, waiting to congratulate them on the journey and thank them again for their tremendous sacrifice.

The Honor Flight program began in 2005 in Ohio when six small planes flew 12 World War II veterans from Springfield to Washington. The Memorial was dedicated in April 2004. The goal of the program is to get as many veterans from around the country to see the Memorial as soon as possible. Thirty states are participating in the program.

Booth, who served in Vietnam with the 3rd Marine Division and the U.S. Army 5th Special Forces, said that 1,200 World War II veterans are dying every day.

Honor Flights South Alabama is accepting donations for the program and is seeking guardians to accompany the veterans on their flights to D.C. Booth said two flights are planned from the Mobile Area in 2010. For more information visit http://www.honorflightssa.com.

Veteran of the Year to Address Exchange Club

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Dr. Barry Booth, named the 2009 Veteran of the Year by the Mobile Bay Area Veterans Day Commission, will speak at the Eastern Shore Exchange Club’s meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 18 February at the United States Sports Academy. The public is invited to attend.

Booth, a Spanish Fort dentist and Vietnam War veteran, helped start HonorFlight South Alabama, which assists in flying World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., where they can visit the World War II Memorial and other military monuments.

Booth is a native of Charleston, W.Va. He received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and graduated from the University of Alabama’s School of Dentistry. He volunteered to serve in Vietnam as a Medical Civil Action Patrol dental officer with the 3rd Marine Division and the U.S. Army 5th Special Forces, according to a news release.

The Eastern Shore Exchange Club was founded in 2008. It 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.

The Eastern Shore Exchange Club meets the first and third Thursdays of each month at the Academy. For more information on the club email contact@easternshoreexchange.org or mail Eastern Shore Exchange Club, P.O. Box 7880, Spanish Fort, AL 36577-7880.

Albany Director of Athletics Named Academy Trustee

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Dr. Lee A. McElroy

Dr. Lee A. McElroy, Jr. of the University at Albany in New York has been appointed to the United States Sports Academy’s Board of Trustees.

McElroy is the vice president for Athletics Administration and director of athletics at Albany, and a former president of the National Association of College Athletic Directors (NACDA). Albany’s student-athletes have an overall graduation rate of 84% since McElroy arrived, and qualified for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) postseasons in men’s basketball, football, field hockey, volleyball, softball and baseball. Under his direction the school completed a $150 million athletic facilities plan and transitioned to the America East Conference.

McElroy served as a collegiate athletic director at four schools before coming to Albany in 2000 — American University in Washington D.C., California State in Sacramento, University of the District of Columbia, and the University of Houston.

McElroy was a three-year letterman in football at UCLA and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1970. He earned his master’s in education in 1973 from the University of Southern California and earned his doctorate at the University of Houston in 1984.

National Faculty Member to Teach Course in Bahrain

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Dr. Peter Mathiesen

United States Sports Academy Faculty Member Dr. Peter Mathiesen will teach a course for Bahrain’s General Organization for Youth and Sports (GOYS) in Sports Administration, the first course in the International Certificate in Sports Management (ICSM) program, from 21-25 February.

The origins of the Academy’s international programs began in Bahrain in 1977. Academy instructors teach sports education courses in Bahrain designed to broaden student knowledge in sports-related areas of business, administration, personnel management, marketing, public relations and facility management/program development.

Dr. Mathiesen is from Chico, CA, and serves as a Professor of Physical Education at California State University, where he teaches sports psychology, sports sociology and athletic administration. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Humboldt State University, a master’s from San Jose State University, and an Ed.D from the University of Sarasota. He has taught sports management programs in a number of foreign countries for the Academy.

Dr. Mathiesen has served as the head basketball coach of the Geelong Cats in the National Basketball League in Australia and was head coach of the basketball programs at Chico State, College of the Redwoods, South Fork High School and Canden High School. He has written more than 20 published articles on basketball and has organized and directed three summer basketball camps for over 17 years. Dr. Mathiesen is ranked in the top 30 for the number of coaching victories for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II head coaches.

NFL’s Brees, Tennis’ Serena Williams Named January’s Athletes of the Month

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Serena Williams (left) and Drew Brees

Quarterback Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and tennis player Serena Williams were named the United States Sports Academy’s Athletes of the Month for January.

Brees quarterbacked the Saints to their first Super Bowl (a game they won on 7 February over the Indianapolis Colts) with two victories in the National Football Conference (NFC) playoffs. He threw for a combined 444 yards and six touchdowns along with no interceptions in postseason victories over the Arizona Cardinals (45-14) and the Minnesota Vikings (31-28 in overtime) in the NFC Championship Game.

Williams won her 12th career Grand Slam at the Australian Open with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Belgium’s Justine Henin. It was Williams’ fifth Australian Open championship and she became the first American woman to repeat in Melbourne since Jennifer Capriati in 2001-02.

Finishing second in the male category was University of Alabama and Heisman Trophy-winning running back Mark Ingram, who rushed for 116 yards and two scores in leading the Crimson Tide to their first national championship since 1992 with a victory over Texas in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) national title game.

Taking second on the women’s ballot was American skier Lindsey Vonn, who won three downhills and three Super-G races in January and had three other podium finishes. The leader in the World Cup standings heads next to the Winter Olympics, which begin later this week.

Finishing third on the men’s side was Swiss tennis star Roger Federer, who won his 16th Grand Slam with a straight-sets win over Great Britain’s Andy Murray. Connecticut basketball star Maya Moore, who scored 20 points in back-to-back victories teams ranked seventh or higher in a three-day span, was third on the women’s side.

Athletes 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 our website and in the online edition of the Academy Update.

Academy Vice President Discusses Games with Malaysian Officials

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United States Sports Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich is visiting Malaysia, meeting with officials.

In the picture here, Dr. Rosandich, middle, is discussing design issues for a swimming pool under construction in Melaka for the 13th national Malaysian Games (SUKMA XIII), set for 10-19 June.

Pictured with Dr. Rosandich is, at left, Minister of Sports for Melaka Datuk Capt. (Ret.) Hj Abdul Karim bin Sulaiman, and Chief Minister of the State of Melaka Datuk Seri Hj Mohamed Ali Bin Mohamed Rustam.

Purchase a Brick and Become Part of Iron Bowl Lore

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Show your allegiance in the Alabama-Auburn football rivalry by purchasing a brick to support the Iron Bowl Monument, the latest addition to the United States Sports Academy’s Sport Sculpture Park.

Designed by Bruce Larsen of Fairhope, the 2009 American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year for Sculpture, the monument honors the Iron Bowl rivalry, the name a nod to the city of Birmingham, which hosted the game for many years at Legion Field. Birmingham has a rich background in iron and steel production.

Bricks can be purchased for a tax-deductible donation of $50 each and can be personalized to show your allegiance to the schools. Your purchase will help the project grow over the years.

Visit our bookstore or call the Academy at (251) 626-3303 to become a unique part of Iron Bowl lore.

National Faculty Member to Teach Course in Jamaica

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United States Sports Academy National Faculty member Dr. Cynthia Ryder will teach a course “Introduction to the Business of Sports Agents,” from 11-14 February in Kingston, Jamaica. The course is part of the International Best Practices Network (IPBN), an education management organization.

Dr. Ryder earned a doctorate in physical education from the University of Georgia, a Master of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Wheaton College in Illinois. She has 30 years of experience in academic and athletic administration in higher education. She has published numerous articles and is a speaker at professional conferences.

Dr. Ryder serves as the Dean of Assessment and Chair of Organizational Leadership at Columbia Southern University. She previously served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Academy.

Academy Faculty Dr. Scott Johnson to Teach Course in Thailand

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United States Sports Academy Chair of Sports Coaching Dr. Scott Johnson will travel to Thailand from 15-19 February to teach a course in Sports Coaching Methodology, in conjunction with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT). The course is the first in a six-part series to be hosted by the SAT for the Academy’s International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program.

For nearly four decades, the Academy has provided programs in sport education to students throughout the nation and to 60 countries across the globe. It has a long-standing relationship with the SAT, sending instructors to Thailand to teach certification courses in the sports management and sports coaching programs. The SAT is Thailand’s primary sport organization and plays a vital role in the development of sport.

Dr. Scott R. Johnson received an Ed.D. in Sport Psychology from West Virginia University. He also has two Master’s degrees: one in Athletic Coaching Education, Counseling, and Sport Behavior from WVU and one in Sport Business Management and Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Johnson has been an Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator in Sport Administration and Sport Management at Ball State University and a Senior Performance Enhancement Specialist with the U.S. Army Center for Enhanced Performance at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. While there, he consulted the U.S. Army in the areas of peak sport performance and personal development.

Academy Faculty Dr. T.J. Rosandich to Teach Course in Thailand

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United States Sports Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich is teaching a course in Thailand from 1-5 February as part of the Academy’s 2010 International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) in conjunction with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT).

For nearly four decades, the Academy has provided programs in sport education to students throughout the nation and to 60 countries across the globe. It has a long-standing relationship with the SAT, sending instructors to Thailand to teach certification courses in the sports management and sports coaching programs. The SAT is Thailand’s primary sport organization and plays a vital role in the development of sport.

Dr. Rosandich earned both his master’s and doctoral degrees at the Academy. In addition to having oversight responsibility for the Academy’s administrative and financial functions, he also chairs the Technology Committee and is responsible for international programs. Dr. Rosandich rejoined the staff at the Academy’s main campus in 1994 after spending nine years in Saudi Arabia, where he was general manager of Saudi American Sports. In addition to running the company, based in Riyadh, Dr. Rosandich also served in other roles during his stay in the Middle East, 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. A published author, Dr. Rosandich has served as a member of the Academy faculty, teaching in both the graduate degree and international certification programs.

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