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By September 14, 2015News & Events
From left to right, Board of Trustee Member Joe Szlavik, 2015 Distinguished Service Award recipient H.E. Sam Kahamba Kutesa, Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich, and Board of Trustee member Peter Tichansky.

From left to right: Academy Board of Trustee member Joe Szlavik, 2015 Distinguished Service Award recipient H.E. Sam Kahamba Kutesa, Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich, and Board of Trustee member Peter Tichansky.

President of United Nations General Assembly Receives Distinguished Service Award from the Academy

The United States Sports Academy has awarded its Distinguished Service Award to His Excellency Sam Kahamba Kutesa. He was presented with the award on Monday, September 14, by Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich.

Kutesa was elected President of the United Nations General Assembly’s sixty-ninth session in June 2014. At the time of his election, he was serving as Uganda’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, a post he held since 2005.

A lawyer, parliamentarian and businessman, Mr. Kutesa has a wide range of experience in international affairs. During his tenure as Foreign Minister, Uganda hosted high-level meetings of key intergovernmental bodies such as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in 2007, the Council of Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in 2008, and the African Union (AU) Heads of State Summit in 2010.



Tatyana McFadden being presented with the Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC Disabled Athlete Award by Joseph Szlavik.

McFadden receives Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC Disabled Athlete Award

Track and Field Star Tatyana McFadden has been presented with the 2015 Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC President’s Disabled Athlete Award by the United States Sports Academy. The award plaque and medal were presented to McFadden by Academy Board of Trustees member Joseph Szlavik on Monday, 24 August 2015. This honor is presented annually to an athlete who displays courage, desire, and athletic ability in the face of adversity to achieve the goals set forth in the athlete’s particular area of competition.

McFadden, who previously won the Samaranch Award in 2013, fulfills such criteria in every way. Born with spina bifida, a congenital disorder that paralyzed her from the waist down, McFadden faced an uphill battle from the start.


Sport Authority of Thailand Student Coaches Receive Certificates at Academy Presentation

United States Sports Academy faculty and staff gathered alongside Sports Authority of Thailand  (SAT) top students selected to participate in the 2015 SAT Sport Study Tour of the United States and a certificate presentation held at the Academy in Daphne, Ala. The Academy has a long-standing relationship with the SAT, sending instructors for more than a decade to Thailand to teach its International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) and International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) programs. The SAT is Thailand’s primary sports organization and plays a vital role in developing sport.


Academy Faculty Travel to Shanghai to Kick Off International Diploma Program

Dr. Bret Simmermacher, Chair of Sports Coaching, delivered the first course, Sports Coaching Methodology, as part of the Shanghai Administration of Sports International Diploma in Sports Coaching (IDSC) program.

The next course, Athletic Development, will begin this week, September 14, and is to be taught by Academy National Faculty Member Dr. Christopher Rampacek.

2012 Eagle Award Recipient Sebastian Coe Elected President of IAAF

Following a longtime commitment to the Olympic Movement and overseeing what is widely heralded as one of the best staged Olympic Games in recent history, Academy 2012 Eagle Award Recipient Sebastian Coe has been named the new President of the International Association of Athletics Federations.

His commitment to sport has led him not only to this honor, but also to receiving the Academy’s highest international honor in 2012, the Eagle Award. Continue reading…

Distinguished Service Award Recipient Tittel Donates Books to Academy

The Academy’s 1983 Distinguished Service Award Recipient Dr. Kurt Tittel has donated three copies of his new book, Muscle Slings in Sports, to the Academy Library. His new book describes the sequences of movements in sport as it relates to the interactions between muscles and tissue sheaths (fascia). These organs work together in functional groups known as “muscle slings,” a term that has been introduced and widely applied in the theory and practice of sport and sports medicine.

Dr. Tittel is Emeritus Professor and former Chairman of the Department of Functional Anatomy of the University of Halle and of the Deutsche Hochschule für Körperkultur in Leipzig, Germany.


Artist Susan McCollough with husband and 2015 Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award Recipient Dr. Gaylon McCollough.

Artist Susan McCollough is Making Miracles on the Alabama Gulf Coast

A charitable art auction event for the Bridge of Love Foundation will be taking place at The Venue in downtown Fairhope, Ala., on Thursday, 17 September 2015. This event’s live auction will feature works of art by Susan McCollough, a former member of the Academy’s Art Committee. The public is welcome to join the event for a $50 fee, which includes enjoying hors d’oeuvres and champagne, in addition to the fine arts that will be auctioned.

This is only one of many events that McCollough will be taking part in, as her works have been on featured in many solo art exhibitions, including her “New Beginning” exhibit at the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope, Ala., and her “August Abstracts” exhibit at the Gulf Coast Alliance in Gulf Shores, Ala.

In just a few short weeks, McCollough will also be attending and sharing her artwork at the 2015 X Florence Biennale, “Art and the Polls,” to be held in Florence, Italy, from 17-25 October 2015. She has also been accepted to exhibit as part of the New York Artexpo 2016, which is being held from 14-17 April 2016, in her birth city of New York.

Chairperson of the Department of Physical Education at the University of Bahrain Visits the AcademyPhotograph

Samia Al-Qattan visited the Academy on Monday, 31 August 2015. Dr. Al-Qattan received her Doctor in Sports Management (DSM) from the Academy in 2005. She graduated with honors as Student of the Year from the first Bahraini students graduating class of 2012. She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Department of Physical Education at the University of Bahrain.

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