United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich donated $30,000 to the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) to enhance The Sport Sculpture Park at the school’s Daphne, Ala., campus.
Academy Board of Trustees Chairman Robert C. Campbell III, Esq. accepted the donation on behalf of ASAMA. It will be used to commission Bruce Larsen, the Academy’s 2009 Sport Artist of the Year, to create a seventh sculpture for the park.
“Dr. Rosandich continues to be very generous to ASAMA and has built arguably one of the best and one of the largest collections of sport art in the world,” Campbell says. “I greatly admire Larsen’s work and look forward to seeing his next creation.”
Larsen, a Fairhope, Ala., sculptor fashions his pieces from scrap metal, hubcaps, tractor gears, hydraulic cylinders and an assortment of other junk. The Sport Sculpture Park already features his works—“Borzov the Sprinter,” “Mr. Baseball,” “Arnold the Weightlifter,” “Jordan the Basketball Player,” “Nastia the Gymnast,” and the “Iron Bowl Monument.”
Founded in 1984, ASAMA is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of nearly 1,700 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints and photographs. The museum is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
If you would like to support the Academy’s sports programs or its sports art museum, please visit www.ussa.edu/misc/donate to make your tax-deductible donation. The Academy is a non-profit 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization.