The United States Sports Academy recently hosted an advanced bodybuilding class on campus for bodybuilding athletes from Iran. The Academy’s instructors were Cory Schierberl, acting director of Continuing Education, front row second from left; and Dr. Vincent Ramsey, chair of Sports Exercise Science, front row fourth from left.
DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy recently enhanced international friendships through sport by hosting an advanced bodybuilding class on campus for bodybuilding athletes from Iran.
Under the program, 11 athletes from throughout Iran were on the Academy campus for five days of classroom and hands-on instruction, culminating with the awarding of certificates and Continuing Education credit. Participants primarily were personal trainers and fitness professionals, some of whom are interested in advancing to professional bodybuilding.
The program was sponsored by the U.S. Iran People Friendship Society (UIPFS), a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the ties between the people of the United States and Iran. The organization’s mission is to build a bridge between the two nations through educational and cultural programs.
Participants in the Academy’s Advanced Bodybuilding class learned about modern training approaches, nutrition, safety, and other topics important to effective bodybuilding. In addition to classroom instruction from Academy faculty, the course included activities in the Academy’s Human Performance Laboratory and weight rooms. The Academy’s instructors were Cory Schierberl, acting director of Continuing Education, and Dr. Vincent Ramsey, chair of Sports Exercise Science.
“This was the first time we have had athletes from Iran on campus for this type of program, and we believe the success of this endeavor reflects how sport can be a force for cooperation and friendship between nations,” said Academy President Dr. T.J. Rosandich.
Class participant and UIPFS program director Vahid Abideh spoke on behalf of the UIPFS at the certificate ceremony that ended the week’s program on Friday, March 18.
“We, the U.S. Iran People Friendship Society, are very proud to help our talented Iranian athletes attend the United States Sports Academy,” Abideh said.
“During this trip they found American friends, met with Iranian-American families and lived the American way,” Abideh added. “At the same time, Americans interacted with them and saw a different face of Iran. That’s what we have tried to achieve — to find friendship between people, to create personal connection, and to create human friendship between these two countries.”
The United States Sports Academy has a long history of international sport education going back more than 40 years and involving more than 65 nations around the world.
Based in Daphne, Ala., 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 more information about the Academy, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.