DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy has signed a Protocol for Cooperation with the Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs (FICTS) based in Milano, Italy.  Under this new agreement, both organizations have agreed to work together to further sport in each respective country through cooperative programs in education, research, and service.

FICTS is an international sport federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) dedicated to promoting the values, ethics, and cultural function of sport through means of mass communication, such as television and cinema. FICTS works to create a better understanding of the world of sport and its moral values by urging directors, actors, and producers to create and widely disseminate sport-related media.

In an effort to meet these objectives, FICTS engages in various cultural and educational activities worldwide.  One such activity is the World FICTS Challenge, a massive cinematographic competition that is the culmination of 16 festivals staged on five different continents, recognizing various elements of sport cinema in 10 different categories.

Under this new agreement, the Academy will assist in organizing phases of the World FICTS Challenge designed to further sport in the United States.  Concurrently, ways in which an element of FICTS could be added to the Academy’s Awards of Sport Program, which annually pays tribute to “the Artist and the Athlete,” are currently being explored between the organizations.

In addition, Dr. T.J. Rosandich, the President and CEO of the Academy, has agreed to serve on the FICTS Culture, Education, and Youth Committee and Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, President Emeritus, will serve as a FICTS “Standing Member.”  This committee follows guidelines suggested by the IOC and is engaged in spreading Olympic Values, such as ethics, respect, peace, and fair play, among youth worldwide.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally 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 additional information on the Academy, visit www.ussa.edu or call 251-626-3303.