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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.

Academy Seeking Males for Endurance Study

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The United States Sports Academy is seeking males ages 19-35 who are in good physical condition (moderate to hard cardio more than 30 minutes most days of the week) and endurance trained (preferably on a bicycle) to participate in a study for which they will be compensated upon completion.

The study is “The effects of post exercise consumption of Phase III Recovery on endurance capacity and fat utilization in healthy men.” In addition to the age and condition requirements, participants must do moderate to hard cardio more than 30 minutes most days of the week.

Participants in the study will learn their body composition (fat and muscle mass) and have their endurance training status (VO2max) measured.

The study requires five scheduled visits to the Academy’s lab. The first visit requires a test, a familiarization session and paperwork and will last 1 to 1.5 hours. Each ensuing visit (1 day per week for 4 weeks) lasts 8-9 hours and consists of a VO2max test, workouts and rest time. Follow-up visits must be at least seven days apart.

To learn more about the study or to register, contact Dr. Jordan Moon, Department Head, Sports Fitness and Health, at (251) 626-3303 or email

Academy DSA winner Simmons passes away

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Chet Simmons, a famed television sports executive and past winner of a Distinguished Service Award from the United States Sports Academy, passed away recently at the age of 81.

Simmons was awarded a DSA in 2007. He died of natural causes in Atlanta.

Simmons is best known as ESPN’s first president and later was named commissioner of the United States Football League. He was responsible for the development of SportsCenter, ESPN’s nightly news show featuring sports highlights and the concept of covering the National Football League draft, which has since become one of cable television’s highest rated shows.

Academy Student Coaches Team to National Championship

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William Brown’s rookie season as the men’s basketball coach at Talladega College in Alabama couldn’t have finished any better.

Brown, a master’s student at the United States Sports Academy, led Talladega to its second consecutive national title with a 65-56 victory over Southern Virginia University to win the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division I national championship.

Talladega College is Alabama’s oldest private historically black liberal arts college and home of the famous Amistad murals. It was founded in 1867.

ESPN's Corso Accepts Reagan Media Award

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ESPN college football studio analyst Lee Corso accepted the United States Sports Academy’s Ronald Reagan Media Award on Wednesday, 24 March 2010.

Dr. Linda Moore, the senior director of business administration for ESPN and an Academy alumna, presented Corso with the award on the ESPN campus in Bristol, Conn.

Corso joined ESPN in 1987 after coaching football at the college and pro levels for 28 seasons. He is best known for donning the mascot head of the teams he picks to win games at the end of the network’s popular College GameDay show.

Corso coached at Louisville, Indiana and Northern Illinois during his college career, and also spent time with the Orlando Renegades of the United States Football League (USFL).

The Ronald Reagan Media Award, named in honor of the 40th President of the United States, is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to sport through broadcasting, print, photography or acting. The individual should exhibit imagination, excitement and genius in kindling a keen public interest and appreciation for the role of sport in modern society.

Sport Artist Winner Visits Academy

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Opie Otterstad, the 2006 Sport Artist of the Year, visited the United States Sports Academy on Thursday, 25 March. Otterstad has focused primarily on sports for the last 18 years, and most recently captured the New York Yankees’ 2009 World Series championship with a celebration painting.

Otterstad’s works are on display at the Academy. His gallery includes works in many sports — baseball, basketball, boxing, football, golf and hockey. He is scheduled to be part of the Academy’s online book, “Sport as Art: The Artist and the Athlete.” The book will celebrate more than 25 years of Sport Artists who have been honored by the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA).

Bahraini Olympic Committee Working with Academy

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The Kingdom of Bahrain and the United States Sports Academy have been working together for almost 40 years.

Recently, the president of the Bahraini Olympic Committee, His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa met with Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich to discuss sport programs in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The Academy currently delivers its International Certificate in Sports Marketing (ICSM) programs through Bahrain’s General Organization for Youth and Sports (GOYS).

Academy's Alumnus of the Year Leads Charity Book Drive

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Academy Board of Trustees Chairman Robert C. Campbell, left, gives the 2009 Alumnus of the Year medallion to James Vilade.

A devotion to charitable causes is one of the many reasons why University of Texas at Tyler baseball coach and athletic director James Vilade was honored as the 2009 United States Sports Academy Alumnus of the Year.

One of Vilade’s favorite charities is the Boys & Girls Club of East Texas. During the last two months, the Tyler baseball team and area students collected 1,700 books in two book drives. The books will be used to open a library for the Boys & Girls Club and be distributed free to children at a “Day for Kids” event.

“I’ve always recognized (community works) as part of the educational process. It’s essential,” Vilade told the Tyler Morning Telegraph. “In our community, we have to take care of each other and we have to come up with ideas to support the needs. Literacy is a big thing. We need all kids to read and need all kids to have books.”

Vilade is a 2003 master’s graduate in sports management. He recently announced his resignation at Tyler effective in June, when he will accept a position as vice president with the Premier Baseball Academy in Plano, Texas, and serve as an associate scout with the Florida Marlins.

Mr. Vincent Chin Receives Certificate of Meritorious Achievement

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Vice President of the United States Sports Academy, Dr. T.J. Rosandich (left), presents a Certificate of Meritorious Achievement to the General Manager of KH Sports World, Mr. Vincent Chin (right), in recognition of service and valuable contributions to Sport Education while Malaysian Minister of Sports for Melaka, Datuk Capt. (Ret.) Hj Abdul Karim bin Sulaiman, witnesses the presentation.

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.

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