USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame Member and Seven-Time National Tournament Winner Dr. Michael Scott was presented with a 2015 Distinguished Service Award on Monday, 14 September 2015. The presentation was made at the Washington Athletic Club by Game of the Year Committee member and former Athletic Director of the University of Washington, Mr. Mike Lude.
Dr. Scott attended medical school in Nebraska and ultimately set up a dermatology practice in Seattle following stints as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in World War II and as an Army dermatology consultant stationed in Munich, Germany.
In 1970, Dr. Scott became Director of the Washington State Table Tennis Association. As he taught others to play, his game blossomed and he was recognized as the best senior player in the Northwest. From there, he went on to garner seven singles and doubles honors at national tournaments well into his 70s. He also chaired the USA Table Tennis (USATT) Disciplinary Committee from 1973 through 1982 and served as Vice President of the committee before being named the first USATT Sports Medicine and Science Committee Chair in 1982, which triggered his growing impact on the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Sports Science and U.S. Olympic Substance Abuse Committees.
Mr. Russell Wilson, the great Quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, was presented with the 2015 Jim Thorpe All-Around Athlete Award by Game of the Year Committee Member and former University of Washington Athletic Director, Mr. Mike Lude, at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Thursday, 17 September 2015.
A gifted athlete, he can play his position so many different ways it boggles the mind. He can be the standard, drop-back quarterback, the scrambler, the run-first guy, the thinking man’s signal-caller, the game manager, and the game changer. Anything you want, he possesses in his bag of tricks with room to spare. Considered by most experts as too small to be a successful quarterback at any level, never mind in the NFL, Wilson, with his 5-foot-11, 206-pound frame has excelled in high school, college and the pros.
This award is annually presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in multiple sports and/or multiple events of the same sport. This individual must exhibit qualities of versatility, strength, speed, flexibility, conditioning, and training that exemplify superior athletic prowess.
Ms. Jody Conradt, former Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, was honored on Saturday, 26 September 2015, with a 2015 Distinguished Service Award by the Academy for her continued involvement with sports and trying to help others, not to mention her past achievement, presented by Trustee Mr. Don Wukasch in conjunction with the UT versus Oklahoma State game.
Hailing from humble roots in the West Texas small town of Goldthwaite, Conradt developed a passion for basketball, first as a player and then as a coach. In high school, she averaged 40 points per game. At Baylor University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1963, she averaged 20 points per game. Conradt really scored, though, once she took up coaching.
The Longhorns remained a national program the remainder of Conradt’s coaching career, even making the Final Four in 2003, not to mention Sweet 16s the year before and after. All told, she won exactly 900 games as a women’s basketball coach, was the first women’s basketball coach to reach the 700-win plateau, was the second woman ever inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and was named the National Coach of the Year four times.
In a truly amazing testament to Conradt’s teaching skills, take note that she also coached volleyball at UT-Arlington and Austin a combined five years, posting a 165-76-15 record in the process. She also served as Women’s Athletics Director at UT Austin from 1992 through 2001.
Dr. Wlodzimierz Starosta was presented with a 2015 Distinguished Service Award on Friday, 18 September 2015, in conjunction with the 13th International Scientific Conference of Sport Kinetics – Sport and Exercise for Health and Quality of Life, held in Warsaw-Biala Podlaska, Poland, from 17-18 September 2015.
The award was presented to Dr. Starosta by the Vice President of Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw, Dr. Jerzy Sadowski, and the General Secretary of International Association of Sport Kinetics, Dr. Jan Konarski.
Dr. Starosta’s impact has stretched over five decades. He is the current and first President of the International Association of Sport Kinetics (IASK), a scientific organization started in 1990 whose aim is to create appropriate conditions for the advancement of human development and sport kinetics as a scientific discipline which constitutes a fundamental element in sciences related to sport. The intent, through the sharing of information, is to gain a better understanding of human movement and physical fitness, and to promote each. Dr. Starosta has been associated with the Italian Olympic Committee, the International Society of Sport Genetic and Somatology, the International Council for Sport Science and Physical Education, the International Ringo Federation, the International Academy of Integrative Anthropology, the Academy of Science of Technological Cybernetics, and the International Academy of Gerontology.
Academy Doctoral Teaching Assistant Ms. Sandra Geringer recently returned from Abu Dhabi after participating in the First Physical Education Teachers Forum at the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Her presentation “FUNdamentals of Making Physical Education FUN for ALL” focused on a fun way to get youth interested in physical education (PE).
The forum brought together PE teachers from government and private schools across Abu Dhabi and the UAE, with hopes to facilitate an open discussion and exchange on the PE curriculum in the country. The Forum took stock of the way and means by which youth is introduced to sports at school and how sport participation can be further encouraged through existing education mechanisms.
Ms. Geringer has over 20 years of experience in sport administration focusing on tennis, athletic policy, accreditation, and legal issues. She has also participated in the Academy’s International Diploma in Sports Coaching 2014 program in Malaysia as an educator. She received her Master of Education in Educational Leadership – Higher Education Administration degree from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and her Bachelor of Science and Allied Professions in Sport Management from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame will induct 15 individuals, including 2012 Carl Maddox Sports Management Award recipient and former University of Oklahoma (OU) Director of Athletics, Mr. Joe Castiglione, into its Enshrinement in Columbia on Sunday, 15 November 2015.
Castiglione has experienced success on and off the field. While winning seven national championships and 49 conference titles over the past 14 years, the university’s athletics department has also closed the books in the black each year. He also demands high standards in academics and ethical behavior for the Sooners’ 21 sports programs that includes nearly 600 student-athletes. The current cumulative grade point average for OU’s nearly 600 student-athletes is above 3.0.
National Faculty Member Darren Pride Teaching Abroad in Shanghai
Newly appointed Academy National Faculty Member Mr. Darren Pride is currently in Shanghai, China, teaching Sports Biomechanics and Seminar in Sports Medicine as part of the Shanghai Administration of Sports International Diploma in Sports Coaching (IDSC) program.
Pride is an experienced instructor and physical therapy assistant. He is currently an instructor in the Health and Human Performance Department at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. Prior to serving in his current position, Pride served as a lecturer and academic advisor in the Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Department at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md.
Pride earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Sports Administration from Morgan State University in 1997. In 2008, He earned a master’s degree in Sport Recreation and Management from Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn. He also has a master’s degree in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention from California University of Pennsylvania. He then went on to earn an associate’s degree in Physical Therapy Assistance from Northern Virginia Community College in Baltimore, Md.
Academy Delivers National Service Program in Malaysia
Four National Faculty members of the Academy, Mr. Joe Harlan, Mr. John Magness, Dr. Christopher Rampacek, and Mr. Matthew Whatley, will be working in the Malaysia National Service Program from October to December 2015. The faculty members will be teaching and training participants, military personal ages 16-18, in fitness and skill development.
Mr. Harlan is an experienced college athletic administrator, coach, and instructor in higher education. Currently, he is the
President of National Athletics Consulting, a company that provides consulting and advisory services for the administration and management of athletics.
Mr. Magness has experience training, mentoring, and teaching students of all ages in sports, fitness, and health. Currently, he serves as a professor for Coppin State University in Baltimore, Md. Mr. Magness also served as Personal Trainer and the Assistant Director of Wellness for Coppin State University from 2010-2012.
Dr. Rampacek is currently a personal trainer at the Trotter Family YMCA in Houston, Tex. Dr. Rampacek trains and educates his clients in exercise and nutrition. He also has experience teaching for the Academy in Malaysia and Thailand.
Mr. Whatley has served as a soccer coach and taught physical education for a variety of organizations throughout the past 20 years. Since 2006, Whatley has been Program Director and Head Soccer Coach at Camp Starlight in, Starlight, Pa.
Major Upcoming Events, Conferences, and Conventions:
- 9th Play the Game Conference | Aarhus, Denmark | 25-29 October
- International Scientific Congress for Sport and Health | St. Petersburg, Russian Federation | 27 – 29 October
- 24th IAKS Congress 2015 | Cologne, Germany | 27 – 30 October
- Foot Solidaire Conference “Together For The Protection of Young African Players” | Dakar, Senegal | 7-8 December 2015
- 2016 Summer Olympic Games | Rio de Janerio, Brazil, 5-21 August 2016