NEW YORK CITY — United States Sports Academy President Dr. T. J. Rosandich visited New York City in September in conjunction with the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session to further an initiative undertaken in 2015 to discuss with the leaders of several African nations the importance of sports in the development of programs for youth.
In 2015 Rosandich met with His Excellency Sam Kutesa, then-President of the UNGA and the current Foreign Minister of Uganda, to discuss the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the U.N.’s long-term guidelines for global enhancement and improved sustainability that were adopted by the General Assembly in June, 2015. The presentation highlighted the important role that can be played by sport as a means to achieving several of the SDGs.
Together with Academy Trustees Joe Szlavik and Peter Tichansky, Rosandich during the two-day visit was able to meet the Hon. Hage Geingob, the President of Namibia; Hon. William Ruto, the Deputy President of Kenya; Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni, Uganda’s First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports; and His Excellency Michael Mousa-Adamo, the Gabonese Ambassador to the U.S. and the U.N.. The Academy president discussed the role of sports for development, particularly with respect to youth. Tichansky is Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council for International Understanding and Szlavik is President of Scribe Strategies & Advisors, Inc.
All of the meetings were successful, particularly the one on 22 September with Museveni, with whom Rosandich met to discuss developing a Protocol for Cooperation for efforts to enhance sport in the East African nation. This was a first step toward establishing sport education programs in Uganda.
“We agreed that if Uganda partnered with USSA, this would help improve the quality of sports in the country,” Museveni said. “Ugandans will also recognize sports as an integral part of the learning process in schools.”
“As with many African nations, youth constitute a very large portion of the Uganda population,” Rosandich said.
“Research has shown that among the best tools available to prepare youth for productive roles in society are well conceived and implemented sports programs. So the relationship between education and sports in the schools is a natural one.
“The United States Sports Academy has a long history of successfully assisting countries around the world with the development of their sports programs and we are looking forward to working with our Ugandan colleagues to make this a reality,” Rosandich added.
The Academy has had a long-term involvement in the development of sport in Africa, including a major project in Gabon that began in 2010. The Academy sent a team of experts to the country and developed a comprehensive report on the state of facilities, equipment, programs and staff qualification, as well as other associated aspects of Gabon’s sport program and made recommendations on development of sport based on those findings. The Academy also conducted a facilities review and legacy study related to uses for Gabon’s 40,000-seat Friendship Stadium in Libreville, which was built as the site of the 2012 Cup of Africa Nations Football (Soccer) Tournament.
The Academy also has done work in Kenya, where it conducted studies of the entire sport complex and was involved in the development of youth sport.
In Botswana, the Academy has trained sports leaders through the International Certificate in Sports Management and Sports Coaching programs, as well as conducting a design review of the Molepolole Sports complex and a feasibility study for development of a national sports academy there.
The Academy has been involved in sports related education and outreach programming with more than 65 countries around the world since its founding in 1972.
The United States Sports Academy is an accredited, independent, non-profit sport-specific institution located in Daphne, Alabama. It offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs as well as certificate programs. The academy was 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, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.