Officials from the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) were on the campus of the United States Sports Academy 8-9 September 2009 to sign an agreement to develop the Caribbean School of Sports Science (CSSS).
UTech is the primary university for elite Jamaican athletes. Twelve UTech athletes participated in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, winning nine different medals. Usain Bolt, the current world record holder in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, is a UTech athlete, as is star sprinter Asafa Powell and women’s Olympic champion Shelly Ann Fraser. UTech athletes have helped produce eighty percent of Jamaica’s Olympic medal winners in recent years. More than 20 UTech athletes were in the 2008 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) rankings.
The Academy will assist UTech in the development of a Bachelor of Sport Science (B.S.S) program. Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich and UTech’s President, Professor the Honorable, Errol Morrison, signed the protocol during a visit on 8 September. Attending from UTech with President Morrison were Director of Sport Anthony Davis, Faculty of Science and Sport Dr. Colin Gyles, and Curriculum Consultant Dr. Neville Graham. The program is scheduled to begin January 2010.