Providing education around the globe has long been a staple of the United States Sports Academy. Just as routine is how positive the experience has been for the individuals giving the instruction.
Dr. Christopher Rampacek recently completed a month-long session of training at Henan University in Keifeng, China, where he taught courses in Sports Coaching Methodology, Athlete Development, Sport Administration for Coaches, and Fitness and Coaching, and his review of the trip couldn’t have been any more glowing.“The students, the interpreter, the coordinator … everyone involved was just extraordinary,” he said. “When it was time to say good-bye, I couldn’t hold back my emotions. The students are very open and receptive to what we’re teaching. It was a great educational environment.”
Describing himself as very humanistic, passionate and humorous in how he delivers the material, Rampacek has consistently shown a knack for connecting with those who take his classes, whether they be stateside or overseas. He has taught Academy courses in Malaysia and Thailand as well, and is looking forward to future international assignments.
The warm feelings often are reciprocated. Not only does the professor remain in contact with his former, and possibly future, students, texting on whatever free international service works for a specific country, this time he received a going-away present from his students, making a video that highlighted his teaching style, the classes held and their well wishes to him.
A possessor of six degrees total from the universities of Florida and Houston, Rampacek has taught at the high school and college level, served as a personal trainer, medaled multiple times in Senior Games competitions and competed in more than 120 marathons. He has represented the Academy in China, Malaysia and Thailand.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy visit www.ussa.edu.