A world-renowned expert on the Olympic Movement and a reformer of international boxing are among the panel members featured in a Sport Symposium hosted by the United States Sports Academy.
The symposium, which is open to the public, is scheduled from 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 as part of the Academy’s 29th annual Awards of Sport program on its campus located at One Academy Drive in Daphne, Ala.
The symposium will feature a number of the Academy’s Awards of Sport honorees, including Dr. Norbert Müller, who is known worldwide for his research on the Olympics and the founder of the Modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin. Müller is the president of the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee and professor emeritus at the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz where he has taught sports since 1977. Coubertin’s 150th birthday this year is being celebrated by Olympic organizations around the world. Incidentally, while pushing to reestablish the Olympic Games, Coubertin visited Mobile, Ala., in 1889.
Also featured will be Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu, who is best known for reforming boxing as the President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA). In addition, the 66-year-old from Taiwan conceived, founded and designed the $61 million Juan Antonio Samaranch Memorial Museum in Tianjin, China to commemorate the memory and legacy of the former International Olympic Committee (IOC) president from 1980 to 2001.
Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich serves with both Müller and Wu on the IOC’s Culture and Olympic Education Commission. Müller and Wu are scheduled to receive Honorary Doctorates from the Academy following the symposium.
The moderator of the program will be WKRG Sports Director Randy Patrick, who earned a 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the Academy for his decorated career in Mobile, Ala., since he joined the station in 1991. Patrick has received several awards for broadcasting excellence, including the John Harris Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, the John Finley Award in 2012 and numerous Associated Press awards.
Besides Müller and Wu, the panel includes some of the foremost leaders in the world of sport. They will field questions about major contemporary sport issues, such as doping, corruption and commercialism. These experts, who come from the Olympics, boxing, college athletics and sport art, all have unique insights to share on the current state and the future of sport.
Also on Friday’s panel are: Dr. Liston Bochette III, who was an Olympic decathlete and bobsledder and former Secretary General of the World Olympians Association; and Dr. Lee McElroy Jr., a United States Sports Academy Board of Trustees member, who is a longtime college sports leader and currently the vice president of athletics and director of intercollegiate athletics at the University at Albany.
Both of the Academy’s 2013 Sport Artist of the Year, Charles Billich and Ed Eyth, also plan to lend their expertise at the Sport Symposium.
In addition to the symposium, Billich and Eyth are being honored in a tribute to “the Artist and the Athlete,” which is scheduled at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. Billich, an Australian painter and 2000 winner of the honor whose career now spans more than 50 years; and Eyth, a well-known American sculptor whose piece, “Balance,” featuring a graceful and poised gymnast on a balance beam won the 2008 U.S. Olympic Sport and Art Competition.
Also attending the Nov. 14-15 events are 10 Olympians from Pan American nations as special guests. The Awards of Sport program is held in conjunction with the Academy’s annual meeting of its Board of Trustees, which govern the university.
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