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Academy’s New Four-Year B.S.S. Program Receives High Marks from First Enrollee in Inaugural Freshman Class

2021-01-26T13:40:40-06:00January 26th, 2021|

Lacey Doyle The United States Sports Academy kicked off the 2021 Spring semester by admitting Freshman students into its renowned sport education degree programs for the first time in the institution’s 48-year history. After just a few weeks, the Academy’s four-year Bachelor of Sports Science (B.S.S.) degree program is receiving high marks from the first students in its inaugural Freshman class. Founded as a graduate school of sport in 1972, the Academy admitted its first bachelor’s degree students in the Fall semester of 2004. Last year, the Academy’s application for four-year bachelor’s status was approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The landmark change meant that the institution now admits freshmen for a four-year B.S.S. degree program and teaching general educational core [...]

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Academy’s Esports and Maternity Wellness Programs Launching with Bryant & Stratton College in February

2021-01-26T10:44:36-06:00January 26th, 2021|

The United States Sports Academy will launch its innovative, four-course esports management certification program and its maternity wellness course with partner Bryant & Stratton College at the private institution’s campuses on 22 February 2021. Esports is a form of sport competition using video games, often featuring competitions between multiple players, individually or as teams, in arenas and other venues. The Academy’s esports certification program touches on four areas necessary for sports managers to understand the landscape of the fast-paced, exciting world of esports. Courses touch on the global phenomenon of esports, esports coaching methodology, esports administration, and esports facilities and events management. The maternity wellness course includes faculty facilitated online discussions and students who complete the course will be issued a certification of completion. Interested Bryant & Stratton students can [...]

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Academy President Dr. T.J. Rosandich Participating in Virtual Philippine National Sports Summit

2021-01-26T14:20:20-06:00January 26th, 2021|

United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich will participate in the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) virtual National Sports Summit, an event that will bring together hundreds of sports educators, athletes, coaches, coordinators, national sports associations, and other stakeholders for online conference sessions tackling 25 sport-related topics. This edition of the National Sports Summit was originally scheduled to be held in Manila in February 2020 but was postponed to begin virtually this week on 26 January due to the global disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Rosandich will present on the first night of sessions with a lecture on “Sports Success from a First World Perspective.” The presentation includes an overview of the evolution of the sport industry with the focus being that of the United States although [...]

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Academy Faculty to Present on Race Issues in Sports Management at Online NASSM Conference in June

2021-01-26T10:17:43-06:00January 26th, 2021|

Dr. Brandon Spradley Several members of the United States Sports Academy faculty and staff will present abstracts on race issues in sports at the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) 2021 Conference that will be held online from June 3-5, 2021. The conference theme, “Race Forward: Agents for Change in Sport Management,” encourages sport scholars and educators to more fully explore their role in advancing racial justice through research, teaching, and practice. Chair of Sports Management Dr. Brandon Spradley, Acting Director of Sports Exercise Science Robert Herron, sports management faculty member Jillian Rosandich, lecturer Holly Park, and instructional technologist Shane Mitchell are the authors of two abstracts for the conference. One is a discussion on creating a more-inclusive environment in sport for women and women of color. [...]

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Academy President Dr. T.J. Reappointed to FICTS Youth, Education, and Culture Commission

2021-01-26T09:37:51-06:00January 26th, 2021|

United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich has been appointed to serve on the Youth, Education and Culture Commission of the Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs (FICTS), an international organization which promotes the universal idea of culture through sport. United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich has been reappointed to serve on the Youth, Education and Culture Commission of the Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs (FICTS), an international organization which promotes the universal idea of culture through sport. Officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FICTS promotes and spreads the development of Olympic values and the culture of sport through film and television. Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Milan, Italy, FICTS has 116 member countries. The mission of the FICTS [...]

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Repeat Winner Nathan Chen, Swimmer Lilly King Selected as the United States Sports Academy’s 2020 Athletes of the Year

2021-01-26T09:14:45-06:00January 26th, 2021|

Following an online voting period that garnered thousands of votes from all corners of the world, American figure skating superstar Nathan Chen has repeated as the United States Sports Academy’s Male Athlete of the Year. On the women’s side, American swimmer Lilly King took home the Academy’s Female Athlete of the Year honor for 2020. Chen and King both excelled in competition for the respective sports in a year marked by global disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Chen won his fourth consecutive U.S. Figure Skating Championship after totaling 330.17 points and landing six quadruple jumps between two programs in Greensboro, N.C., in January 2020, then repeated the feat for his fifth consecutive U.S. title in January 2021. No American man has won as many consecutive national championships since the [...]

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Sport Journal Call for Papers: Esports Management

2021-01-13T09:02:07-06:00January 13th, 2021|

Esports as an industry is now over 20 years old and it has grown exponentially when compared to other generic industries, representing the sixth largest global growth at the industrial level (Eurostat, 2019; Southall, Nagel, LeGrande, & Han, 2003). There are now over 150 sports teams and counting involved in Esports, e.g., Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, FC Schalke 04, Kraft group (owners of New England Patriots) and many more are investing in Esports heavily. Esport is not systematically institutionalized, and there is ongoing coordination to create evolving governance.  There are shifting rules, and there is a power game of the “insider” and the outsiders.  The industry is rooted in innovation, business, media, and fandom as well. These phenomena will require management professionals that are innovative and focused on business [...]

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Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2021-01-12T13:52:40-06:00January 12th, 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 Graduates Dr. Mekia S. Troy (Douglasville, Ga.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Leadership emphasis Dr. Priscilla A. Freeman (Covington, Ga.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Marketing emphasis Master’s Graduates Terri L. DeFour (Fairhope, Ala.) – M.S.S. Sports Exercise Science, with honors Andrew A. Ward (Ontario, Ore.) – M.S.S. Sports Management, with honors Aaron J. Ainsworth (Pensacola, Fla.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching Alisa R. Lamar (Hoover, Ala.) – M.S.S. Sports Management Manthan M. Thaker (Palm Harbor, Fla.) – M.S.S. Sports Management Bachelor’s Graduates Jerrell W. Stephens Jr. (Belle Chasse, La.) – B.S.S. Sports Strength and Conditioning, Summa [...]

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Student of the Month Fachaitte Kinslow Hopes to Inspire Women Toward Sports Profession

2021-01-12T13:46:44-06:00January 12th, 2021|

The United States Sports Academy’s latest Student of the Month, Fachaitte Kinslow was recently hired as the assistant director of athletics for compliance at Langston (Okla.) University. Kinslow hopes her Academy doctoral education will propel her to a role as a Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) in the collegiate ranks and inspire other women to pursue careers in the sport profession. Kinslow joined Langston University after serving as a counselor for the Oklahoma City Public Schools system for over three years. She has over 15 years of professional experience as a counselor at the high school and collegiate levels in addition to having counseling experience with mental health and substance abuse. “I absolutely love the professors and the staff at the Academy,” Kinslow said. “Everyone I have dealt with has been [...]

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Fresno City College Associate Dean of Athletics Derrick Johnson Says Academy Education Opened Doors to Career

2021-01-12T13:42:42-06:00January 12th, 2021|

Derrick Johnson is an experienced collegiate athletics administrator with more than 15 years working in leadership roles around the country. Johnson said his graduate education from the United States Sports Academy opened doors and informed his career path every step of the way. Johnson is the Associate Dean of Athletics at Fresno (Calif.) City College, where he oversees 23 teams across 20 sports and nearly 600 student-athletes. He earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy. Johnson said his Academy degree has been invaluable and opened doors in his career that would not have been there without it. “There are a lot of schools out there that are selling degrees, but the Academy sells a real, rigorous, and valuable education,” Johnson said. “I have used [...]

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McDermott’s Creighton Basketball Team Off to Fast Start, Top 10 Ranking

2021-01-12T13:37:10-06:00January 12th, 2021|

The Creighton University men’s basketball team, coached by United States Sports Academy alumnus Greg McDermott, is off to a fast start and a national top 10 ranking this season. The Bluejays (10-2) are ranked eighth in this week’s Associated Press men’s basketball top 25 poll following a recent 97-79 win over St. John’s University. McDermott was the Academy’s 2014 Alumnus of the Year after leading the Bluejays to the NCAA tournament in the 2011-12 season and again in 2013-14. He was the first coach in Creighton history to win 20 or more games in each of his first three seasons there. Now in his 11th season at Creighton, McDermott is the reigning Big East Conference Coach of the Year. McDermott earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management [...]

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Voting Opens for United States Sports Academy’s 2020 Athlete of the Year Awards

2021-01-04T08:47:57-06:00January 4th, 2021|

Following a tumultuous and historic year in sport, marked by global disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Sports Academy is kicking off 2021 with one of the most competitive ballots ever for its annual Male and Female Athletes of the Year program. Voting is now open for the coveted award, which is part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport program that annually recognizes the top male and female athletes in the world. The ballot is open for voting here until 5 p.m. Central time on Friday, 15 January 2021. This year’s ballot includes 12 men and 12 women from 12 countries. Nominees for Male Athlete of the Year include: Nathan Chen, figure skating, United States; Joshua Cheptegei, athletics, Uganda; Novak Djokovic, tennis, Serbia; Caeleb Dressel, swimming, United [...]

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