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Olympic Themed Works by 2019 Sport Artist of the Year Steven Lester on Display at RobertKent Galleries

2021-07-21T16:52:55-05:00July 21st, 2021|

The works of American painter Steven Lester will be featured at an Olympic-themed exhibition at the RobertKent Galleries in Marietta, Ga., on Friday, July 23. Known for his paintings that depict action sports themes that resonate with vibrant life and elicit a visceral and emotional response, Lester was the United States Sports Academy’s 2019 Sport Artist of the Year. The show includes 13 narrative paintings of untold or under told Olympic stories. Lester’s particular style of ‘narrative’ art lends itself well to telling the unique stories of Olympic Athletes. “I see with my heart and I paint with my hands, but I always desire to provoke fascination, imagination and wonder,” Lester said. Lester was invited to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo to present an exhibition of his Olympic-themed paintings [...]

Shohei Ohtani, Katie Ledecky Named Academy June Athletes of the Month

2021-07-19T12:06:11-05:00July 19th, 2021|

A baseball player having a historic season and a dominant swimmer were voted the United States Sports Academy’s Athletes of the Month after their performances on the world stage in the month of June. Baseball rising star Shohei Ohtani of Japan and American swimmer Katie Ledecky took home the honors for the month. Los Angeles Angels two-way player Ohtani earned American League Player of the Month honors for June 2021 after batting .309/.423/.889 with 13 homeruns and winning two games as a pitcher with three quality starts. Ohtani’s 13 homers led the AL in the month and his .889 slugging percentage and 1.312 OPS led the majors. Ledecky won the women’s 800-meter freestyle race with a time of 8:14.62, the second fastest time in the world this year, and qualified [...]

Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2021-07-13T11:02:02-05:00July 13th, 2021|

The Academy congratulates the following graduates who completed their degrees this month. Because of the Academy’s rolling enrollments and flexible online learning options, degrees can be conferred upon graduates throughout the academic year. Master’s Graduate John Mabee (Clifton Park, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching, with honors Bachelor’s Graduate Jack E. Simmons (Tyler, Texas) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching

Flexible Scheduling Helps Student of the Month Joseph Grillo Navigate Academy Doctoral Program

2021-07-13T10:58:29-05:00July 13th, 2021|

Fitness professional, coach, and adjunct professor Joseph Grillo is pursuing his Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy. The institution’s latest Student of the Month, Grillo plans to use his degree to become a full-time college professor and grow his personal fitness business. A resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., Grillo has worked as an adjunct professor at Kingsborough Community College and personal trainer at Demi Gods Fitness. He said the Academy’s flexible scheduling options have helped him progress through the doctoral program while working full time – especially in 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic ravaged his community in New York. “The program allows me to complete it at my own pace, and this was even more evident during the high Covid-19 cases here in New [...]

LaTanya Sheffield Uses Her Academy Bachelor’s Degree in Role as USA Track and Field Assistant Coach at Tokyo Olympics

2021-07-13T10:15:00-05:00July 13th, 2021|

A former Olympic hurdler and American record holder and current collegiate track and field coach, United States Sports Academy 2016 Alumna of the Year LaTanya Sheffield is entering her second Olympic Games as a coach in Tokyo later this month. Sheffield, who earned her Bachelor of Sports Science degree in sports management magna cum laude from the Academy in 2011, is the head women’s track and field coach at Long Beach State University and is a women’s assistant coach for Team USA’s sprinters and hurdlers. Sheffield makes her return to the Olympics after serving the same role for Team USA in the Rio 2016 games. Sheffield said her Academy education has been important to her success as a coach. “It made sense for me to pursue my degree at the [...]

Academy Master’s Degree Alum Scott Novack Leading USA Rugby Men’s Sevens Team at Tokyo Olympics

2021-07-13T09:56:54-05:00July 13th, 2021|

Nationally acclaimed sports administrator and high performance professional Scott Novack is entering his seventh Olympic Games later this month in Tokyo as the Team Leader for the USA Rugby Men’s Eagles Sevens team. The United States Sports Academy’s 2018 Alumnus of the Year, Novack has more than 18 years of experience as a sports administrator, managing Olympic and national teams that have won eight Olympic medals, seven world championships and more than 60 World Cup medals. Novack – the USA Rugby Men’s Eagles Sevens program operations manager – will serve as the Team Leader at this year’s Olympic Rugby tournament, which kicks off on 26 July. A Colorado native, Novack, earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 1997 and participated in a mentorship [...]

Team USA Sitting Volleyball Coach Greg Walker Named United States Sports Academy 2021 Alumnus of the Year

2021-07-13T16:00:07-05:00July 13th, 2021|

A volleyball coach with more than a decade of experience coaching at the Paralympic and collegiate levels, Greg Walker has been named the United States Sports Academy’s 2021 Alumnus of the Year. Walker earned his Bachelor of Sports Science degree in sports coaching cum laude from the Academy in 2012 and is the current head coach of the U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball National Team and a consultant and training coach for the Men’s Indoor National Team. He is also the head volleyball coach at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. A native of Huntingdon, Pa., Walker has been active with the U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team since 2013 and has served as head coach since 2016. Sitting volleyball is a variation of the original game but designed for athletes with adaptive [...]

Vote Now for United States Sports Academy Athlete of the Month for June

2021-07-08T14:23:33-05:00July 8th, 2021|

Worldwide online voting is now open for the United States Sports Academy’s June Athlete of the Month ballot, featuring 12 candidates from five countries who made an impact in their sport during the month. Everyone is encouraged to cast a vote on the Academy’s website at www.ussa.edu. Voting will continue until 5 p.m. Central time on Thursday, 15 July 2021. Male nominees are Ryan Crouser, athletics, United States; Novak Djokovic, tennis, Serbia; Caeleb Dressel, swimming, United States; Grant Holloway, athletics, United States; Shohei Ohtani, baseball, Japan; and Jon Rahm, golf, Spain. Female nominees areGiselle Juarez, softball, United States; Nelly Korda, golf, United States; Barbora Krejčíková, tennis, Czech Republic; Katie Ledecky, swimming, United States; Sydney McLaughlin, athletics, United States; and DeAnna Price, athletics, United States. Each month, the public is invited [...]

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Academy Won’t Raise Tuition for Second Consecutive Academic Year

2021-06-23T08:37:27-05:00June 23rd, 2021|

In a move recognizing the profound nature of the global economic disruption brought forth by the continued hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Sports Academy will not raise tuition for its undergraduate and graduate degree programs for the second consecutive academic year. The institution is also temporarily waiving application fees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree levels as the nation continues to recover from the economic impact of social distancing, business shutdowns, and hardship across the United States due to the pandemic. Please contact the Academy’s admissions team at 1-800-223-2668 or email admissions@ussa.edu for registration information. Find out more about the Academy’s tuition here: https://ussa.edu/admissions/cost/ The Academy’s degree programs feature a low and reasonable tuition rate, and the institution also pays for student textbooks and examination [...]

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United States Sports Academy Selected as Coaching Education Provider to Sport Authority of India

2021-06-23T08:18:11-05:00June 23rd, 2021|

The United States Sports Academy continues to expand its international reach after it received notification from the Sport Authority of India (SAI) that it was among several institutions empaneled as education partners with that nation’s National Institute of Sport. The announcement means that the Academy was selected by the SAI to design, develop, and deliver sports coaching and exercise science courses for India’s National Centre for Sports Coaching (NCSC), which was set up by the government of India and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports at Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports at Patalia, the premier sport educator in that nation. “The Academy has been engaged with a variety of Indian educational institutions in the development of sports education programs in that nation since 2008”, said Academy President and [...]

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Phil Mickelson, Simone Biles Named Academy May Athletes of the Month

2021-06-17T08:27:30-05:00June 17th, 2021|

A pair of legendary American athletes were voted the United States Sports Academy’s Athletes of the Month after their performances on the world stage in the month of May. Golfer Phil Mickelson and gymnast Simone Biles earned the honors after both athletes made history at their respective events. Mickelson, 50, shot a 6-under 282 to win the PGA Championship in South Carolina on 23 May 2021 and became the oldest major tournament champion of all time. It was Mickelson’s sixth major victory which moved him to 12th all time. Biles made history as the first woman to perform a Yurchenko double pike vault in competition at the U.S. Classic event in Indianapolis on 22 May 2021. The Yurchenko double pike – a high-difficulty skill historically only done by men – [...]

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WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari Receives Academy’s Eagle Award

2021-06-10T09:29:15-05:00June 10th, 2021|

World Baseball Softball Confederation President Riccardo Fraccari, left, was presented the United States Sports Academy’s Eagle Award by Olympian Foundation President Dr. Liston Bochette III in June at the WBSC Baseball Americas Olympic Qualifier in Port St. Lucie, Fla. World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) President Riccardo Fraccari received the United States Sports Academy’s Eagle Award during a presentation before the start of the final WBSC Baseball Americas Olympic Qualifier between the United States and Venezuela in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Eagle Award is the Academy’s highest international honor and has been presented annually to a world leader in sport to recognize that individual’s contributions in promoting international harmony, peace, and goodwill through the effective use of sport. The recipient of this award must have tempered strength with [...]

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