Works by United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Sport Artists of the Year on Display at ASAMA

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Acclaimed sculptor Richard Watkins and nationally known painter William M. Williams were awarded the United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Sport Artists of the Year awards at the Academy’s recent 33rd Annual Awards of Sport program. A highlight of the event on the Academy’s Daphne campus was the unveiling and donation to the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) permanent art collection works by Watkins and Williams. Watkins’ basketball piece “Slam Dunk”…

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Acclaimed Sculptor Richard Watkins Named United States Sports Academy 2017 Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Richard Watkins, a sculptor known nationally for his award-winning work depicting stylized and whimsical athletes and animals, has been named the United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor. Watkins was presented the honor by Academy Trustee Jack Scharr at the Academy’s 33rd Annual Awards of Sport celebration held recently on campus in Daphne, Ala. Watkins, who is based in Atlanta, Ga., attended design school at the University of…

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United States Sports Academy Partners with Bishop State to Benefit Students Seeking Sports Careers

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy has entered into an articulation agreement with Bishop State Community College that aims to help students pursue careers in the world of sport through completion of the Academy’s Bachelor of Sports Science (B.S.S.) degree. Under the agreement, the Academy will admit qualified Bishop State graduates into its Bachelor of Sports Science degree program, which offers majors in sports coaching, sports management, sports strength and conditioning and sports…

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Academy Alumna Dr. Bonnie Tiell Earns Highest Faculty Award from Tiffin University

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DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy alumna and honoree Dr. Bonnie Tiell recently earned the Provost Award, the highest annual honor given to a faculty member at Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio. Tiell, who earned her Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy in 2004, is a professor of sport management at Tiffin University. She has been widely recognized for her contributions to intercollegiate athletic administration and global sports governance. She…

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Acclaimed Track and Field Coach Dr. Dave Shrock Named United States Sports Academy 2017 Alumnus of the Year

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Nationally acclaimed track and field leader, coach and professor Dr. Dave Shrock has been named the United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Alumnus of the Year. Shrock was presented the honor by Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich at the Academy’s 33rd Annual Awards of Sport celebration held recently on campus in Daphne, Ala. The Alumnus of the Year Award is given to the year’s most outstanding Academy graduate and the honoree…

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Academy Alumnus Dr. Joseph Underwood Named to Prestigious NEA Global Fellowship

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Successful athletic trainer, television production teacher and United States Sports Academy alumnus Dr. Joseph Underwood has added to his long list of accomplishments by being named to a prestigious fellowship from the National Education Association (NEA). Underwood was recently named an NEA Foundation Global Fellow, where he will serve in a year-long professional development program designed to enhance global education and competency in grades K-12 in the United States. The program culminates…

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United States Sports Academy Holds 33rd Annual Awards of Sport Program

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The United States Sports Academy recently held its 33rd Annual Awards of Sport program on campus in Daphne. Honorees, seated from left, are Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor, Richard Watkins of Atlanta, Ga.; Dwight D. Eisenhower Fitness Award winner Fairfax Hackley, master trainer and bodybuilder from Falls Church, Va.; Alumnus of the Year Dr. Dave Shrock of Modesto, Calif., (Ed.D, Sports Management, 2009), USA Track & Field leader and Academy National Faculty member; Dr….

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Messi, Hurd Named United States Sports Academy October Athletes of the Month

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi and American gymnast Morgan Hurd have been named the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for October. Messi’s hat trick led Argentina to a 3-1 win over Ecuador on 10 October 2017 and qualified the team for the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Russia. After Argentina fell behind by one point early in the match, Messi scored…

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Support Your Academy During the Annual Fundraising Drive

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The United States Sports Academy is currently reaching out to faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and supporters during its annual fundraising drive.  All who believe in the Academy and its missions of teaching, research and service are encouraged to participate. The Academy was founded nearly a half century ago on the belief that the quality of sport education and coaching needed to be improved if American athletes were to perform competitively and safely at the…

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The Academy Recognizes Spring 2017 Honor Roll Students

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United States Sports Academy students who excelled during the Spring 2017 semester were honored by being included on the President’s List and Dean’s List. Those on the President’s List had a grade point average of 4.0. Undergraduates on the Dean’s List had a grade point average of 3.4-3.99, while graduate students on the Dean’s List had a grade point average of 3.8-3.99. Doctoral President’s List: Danielle Adkins – Charlotte, N.C. – Sports Management Tyson Chambers –…

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Congratulations Graduates

Congratulations to our recent graduates, who hail from across the country.

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Editor’s note:  Since students of the United States Sports Academy are able to complete their coursework and degree requirements on their own schedule, the Academy throughout each month immediately awards degrees to students who complete requirements.  Students are not required to wait to the end of a semester or term to receive their degrees.  The Academy congratulates the following graduates who completed their degrees this month. Doctoral Graduates Dr. Ahleasha McNeal (Knoxville, Tenn.) – Ed.D….

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Murphy High School Students Learn About Careers in Sport during United States Sports Academy Visit

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Students from Murphy High School recently visited the United States Sports Academy campus to learn about careers in sport, sports education and to tour the Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA). The students are part of Murphy’s international baccalaureate program, and most of them had taken the high school’s kinesiology and sports medicine courses. The group toured ASAMA, then visited the Academy’s Human Performance Laboratory, where faculty members Dr. Brandon…

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