Academy Alumnus Presents Research at World Leisure Congress

United States Sports Academy alumnus, Dr. Paul Choi, recently visited the Academy while in Mobile, Ala., to present his research at the World Leisure Congress being held in the United States for the first time during September 7-12, 2014.

Dr. Choi, presented his research on “Personal values and self-described behaviors among attendees at an alternative cultural event” and “The benefits of in-group contact through physical activity involvement for health and well-being among Korean immigrants” to the congress. The Academy Vice President and COO, Dr. TJ Rosandich, also served as a keynote speaker and panel moderator at the Congress on Thursday, 11 September, 2014.

In 1995, Choi earned a master’s degree in sports management at the Academy. “I liked small size classes because I can interact more with my instructors and classmates,” Dr. Choi said. “I learned not only concepts in Business Management, but also how to apply and synthesize those concepts into sport business. This degree became a stepping stone to earn my doctoral degree and enabled me to work in academia. After pursuing my Master of Sport Science degree, I gained my practical experiences and assets in the sport and communication business.”

Currently, Dr. Choi serves as the Associate Professor of the Recreation Sport Management Program at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri. Prior to being appointed to this position in 2013, Dr. Choi served as the Assistant Professor of the program for five years.

Preceding his graduation from the Academy, he attended the Yon Sei University in Seoul, Korea, to obtain his bachelor’s degree in physical education. In addition, Dr. Choi holds a doctorate in health, leisure and human performance from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., and completed doctoral course work in sport administration from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Dr. Choi also has extensive experience in professional golf. He holds certifications as a rules official in both the Professional Golf Association (PGA) and United States Golf Association (USGA) and is a lifelong Golf Teaching Professional of the United States Golf Teachers’ Federation.

For seven years, he served as a PGA apprentice at the Miami Shores Country Club in Miami, Fla., and the Los Altos Golf Course in Albuquerque, N.M.

Throughout his career, Dr. Choi has earned recognition for coaching in both basketball and football by earning the Honorary Coach Award from Missouri Western State University Football and Basketball. He also earned the Outstanding Award in the 17th National Korean Olympics of 2013 and a Distinguished Service Award from the National Korean American Sports Association of Kansas.

Dr. Choi’s educational and professional accomplishments exemplify the insight he has attained throughout his career. Along with these accomplishments, Dr. Choi holds a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a Skin Scuba Certification and experience as a ski and swimming instructor. In addition, Dr. Choi has served as a reporter for numerous media outlets.