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Academy Offering Online Sports Marketing Course to Students in Barcelona in April

2021-02-23T13:20:24-06:00February 23rd, 2021|

The United States Sports Academy is teaming up with GBSB Global Business School to provide an online, instructor facilitated sports marketing course to students at the Barcelona-based institution. The post-secondary, non-degree sports marketing course will launch in April and will be taught by the Academy’s Director of Doctoral Studies Dr. Fred Cromartie. The course covers sport marketing principles and the elements of the marketing mix. Topics include advertising, promotions, pricing, sponsorships, and market segmentation. The Academy in 2020 agreed to work with GBSB Global Business School to teach its world renowned post-secondary, non-degree sport education programs to students there utilizing computer mediated technology. The Academy is an acknowledged leader in the field having first placed its courses completely online more than 25 years ago. GBSB Global Business School is a [...]

Academy Working to Resume International Diploma in Sports Management Program in Philippines

2021-02-23T11:08:45-06:00February 23rd, 2021|

After the program launch was postponed last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Sports Academy is working with its education partners in the Philippines to resume a 100 percent online version of the institution’s renowned post-secondary, non-degree International Diploma in Sports Management (IDSM) program there. The sports management program – traditionally delivered onsite and in person by Academy faculty – has been on hold in the Philippines due to the pandemic. Now, the Academy hopes to deliver the program in an online environment starting this Spring. The Philippines Sports Commission (PSC) signed a Protocol for Cooperation with the Academy in 2017 that started the planning process for the sport education programs to be taught by the Academy there. The Academy has a long history in the Republic [...]

Paper Co-Written by Chair of Sports Coaching Dr. Roch King Accepted to International Sport Coaching Journal

2021-02-23T09:22:53-06:00February 23rd, 2021|

Dr. Roch King A scholarly paper co-written by United States Sports Academy Chair of Sports Coaching Dr. Roch King has been accepted for publication in the prestigious International Sport Coaching Journal. King’s paper, titled “Influence of a Coach Development Curriculum on Preservice Coaches’ Habitus,” analyzes the influences of a 4-year university-based coach development curriculum on coaching-students’ philosophy and constitution. As the Academy’s Chair of Sports Coaching, King has been instrumental in the development of the institution’s coaching education programs at both the domestic degree and post-secondary, non-degree levels. “This is an important time for the field of coaching around the world, and it is equally important to grow the ranks of quality coaches in the United States,” King said. “No matter where you are in the world, people [...]

Art Committee Members View Original Ernie Barnes Pieces at ASAMA

2021-02-23T13:27:39-06:00February 22nd, 2021|

United States Sports Academy Art Committee member and Trustee Susan N. McCollough and committee chair Nancy Raia viewed for the first time a selection of original, one-of-a-kind pieces by renowned sport artist Ernie Barnes on display at the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) on the Academy campus. In 1984, Ernie Barnes was selected as the Academy’s first Sport Artist of the Year, following his work as the official Sport Artist for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.  In 2004, Barnes was again selected as the Sport Artist of the Year, making him one of only two sport artists to receive the Academy’s prestigious award twice. While visiting the Academy to accept his 2004 award, Barnes gave late Academy Founding President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich an original, one-of-a-kind sketch [...]

American Figure Skaters Nathan Chen, Bradie Tennell Named United States Sports Academy January Athletes of the Month

2021-02-22T09:20:08-06:00February 22nd, 2021|

American figure skaters Nathan Chen and Bradie Tennell won U.S. Figure Skating titles and earned the United States Sports Academy’s Athlete of the Month honors for January. Chen, the two-time Academy Male Athlete of the Year, won his fifth consecutive U.S. Figure Skating title after scoring 322.28 points in the event on 17 January 2021 in Las Vegas. Chen is the first man since Dick Button (1948-52) to win five at least consecutive U.S. championships. Tennell captured her second career U.S. Figure Skating title after scoring 232.61 total points in the event in Las Vegas on 15 January 2021. Tennell’s 79.40 points in the women’s short program broke her previous U.S. record set when she won the U.S. title in 2018. The second place finisher on the men’s side was [...]

Cast Your Vote for United States Sports Academy Athlete of the Month for January

2021-02-11T15:29:29-06:00February 11th, 2021|

The United States Sports Academy is pleased to announce online voting is open for its Athlete of the Month ballot for the month of January, 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, 18 February 2021. Male nominees are Nathan Chen, figure skating, United States; Ryan Crouser, shot put, United States; Halvor Egner Granerud, ski jumping, Norway; Dusty Henricksen, snowboarding, United States; DeVonta Smith, football, United States; and Hugues Fabrice Zango, athletics, Burkina Faso. Female nominees are Brittany Bowe, speed skating, United States; Jessie Diggins, cross-country skiing, United States; Eileen Gu, ski slopestyle, China; Mikaela Shiffrin, alpine skiing, United [...]

Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2021-02-09T13:45:18-06:00February 9th, 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. Doctoral Graduate Dr. Jose A. Ramos Jr. (McAllen, Texas) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Medicine emphasis, Sports Leadership specialization, with honors Master’s Graduates Sherri L. Branscombe (Wasaga Beach, Ont.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies, with honors Trista M. Rybuck (Carberry, Man.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies

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Academy Student of the Month Eric Street Proud of Recent Research Involving Military Veterans

2021-02-09T13:38:54-06:00February 9th, 2021|

United States Sports Academy doctoral student Eric Street recently presented on a topic that is near and dear to his heart at the 35th Annual Association of Applied Sport Psychology conference, delivered virtually in October 2020. Street, the Academy’s latest Student of the Month, made presentation of his research related to his scholarly paper Combat Veteran Emotional Intelligence: Lessons on Performance Under Pressure. The paper looked at the emotional intelligence of American military veterans from World War II, Vietnam, Korea, and other conflicts to study how their decision-making skills under extreme pressure can be applied by coaches in the sport profession. The research was particularly meaningful to Street, whose grandfather Alex J. Grega was among the American soldiers who stormed the beach at Normandy on D-Day – 6 June 1944.  [...]

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Help from Athletic Trainers Led Academy Alumnus Dr. Richard Hardy to Career in Sports Field

2021-02-16T09:14:00-06:00February 9th, 2021|

United States Sports Academy alumnus Dr. Richard Hardy’s positive interactions with athletic trainers when he played high school and collegiate sports led to his nearly 20-year career working in the field. Hardy earned his Doctor of Education degree in sports management with a sports medicine emphasis from the Academy in 2017. In 2001, he began his career working at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists in Minnesota, where he provided athletic training services and classroom instruction for the University of Minnesota Morris. He provides training services for 17 varsity sports and teaches in the school’s sports studies, biology, and athletic departments. “My first contact with an athletic trainer occurred when I played high school football,” Hardy said. “I suffered a minor injury and our school’s athletic trainer helped guide me through the rehabilitation [...]

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Academy Alumnus, Former Olympic Swimmer Mark Chay Named as Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore

2021-02-09T13:28:36-06:00February 9th, 2021|

A former Olympic and NCAA collegiate swimmer, Mark Chay has a very diverse resume in the world of international sport. The United States Sports Academy alumnus, athlete, sports business owner, administrator, coach, and national committee chair recently added another prestigious title to his resume: Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) in Singapore. Singapore’s NMP program began in 1990 as a way to ensure a wide representation of views in Parliament. The sports “fraternity” is one of seven functional groups – from service organizations to educational institutions – invited to submit candidates to speak on the various issues related to each group. Chay plans to use his time as an NMP to speak on the role of sports in bringing the world back together amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Sport brings society together,” [...]

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Academy Extends Condolences to 2002 Sport Artist of the Year Mina Valyraki on Loss of Husband

2021-02-23T13:38:23-06:00February 8th, 2021|

The United States Sports Academy extends condolences to 2002 Sport Artist of the Year Mina Papatheodorou Valyraki upon the untimely passing of her husband Sifis (Joe) Valyraki in Greece on Sunday, 24 January 2021. Academy Art Committee Chair Nancy Raia and Trustee Susan McCollough pose with Valyraki piece "Daphne and Apollo", on display in the Academy lobby. A longtime Greek government official and activist, Valyraki was Minister of Public Order, in charge of the security and intelligence services, from March 1995 to January 1996. Earlier, in the 1980s and 1990s, he was deputy Public Order Minister (1988-89 and 1994-95), Sports Minister (1985-88) and deputy Transport and Communications Minister (1981-84) in the governments of Andreas Papandreou. He also played a role in securing the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. [...]

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In Memoriam: Dr. Lawrence Bestmann

2021-01-26T13:24:13-06:00January 26th, 2021|

The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of Dr. Lawrence Bestmann (far right), a longtime faculty member and friend of the institution, who passed away on 21 January, 2021. Bestmann was a member of the Academy’s first project in the island nation of Bahrain in 1977, where he served as national gymnastics coach and national strength and conditioning coach. He later returned to Bahrain as project director from 1984-87. In addition, Bestmann served the Academy’s international assignments as project director in Indonesia and Malaysia. In 2001, he returned again to Bahrain to serve as a visiting professor at the University of Bahrain for the winter semester. In addition to his international work for the Academy, Bestmann also served as director of recruitment and training, director of international programs, [...]