The United States Sports Academy will honor the 235th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps while kicking off its annual campaign as a major drop-off point for Toys for Tots with an art exhibition and reception at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 10 November.
The Marines will recognize the Academy as one of the largest Toys for Tots collection sites in the region. Meanwhile, 2011 American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor Harry Weber will recognize servicemen’s contribution to freedom with a series of sketches titled “A Warriors Sketchbook.” He will also present the Academy with a bronze statue of a wounded Vietnam soldier holding up an American flag, titled “Wounded Warrior.”
The Academy, which has been supporting Toys for Tots for nearly two decades, will charge one new, unwrapped toy as admission. The event will take place in the main gallery of ASAMA, which is part of the Academy campus. The toys will be presented to Marines from the Third Force Recon/Fourth Marine Division of Mobile. These marines have rotated in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Founded in 1984, ASAMA, a division of the United States Sports Academy, is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history, and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of more than 1,500 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints, and photographs.
The museum is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.