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Corey Blake

Master Personal Trainer Fairfax Hackley Wins United States Sports Academy 2017 Eisenhower Fitness Award

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Master personal trainer and champion bodybuilder Fairfax Hackley has been named the United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Dwight David Eisenhower Fitness Award winner. Hackley was recently presented the honor by Academy trustee Dr. Gary Cunningham of Santa Barbara, Calif., at the Academy’s 33rd Annual Awards of Sport celebration held on the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala. Hackley spent more than 20 years in bodybuilding, winning the International Federation of Body Building and…

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United States Sports Academy Mourns the Loss of Ronald Reagan Media Award Winner Dick Enberg

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of two-time Awards of Sport honoree Dick Enberg, a legendary sports broadcaster who passed away on 21 December 2017 at age 82. Enberg, who was honored with the Academy’s Ronald Reagan Media Award in 1989 and 2013, retired from broadcasting in 2016.  He worked in the broadcasting industry for more than half a century. Enberg began broadcasting in 1957, providing play-by-play in various…

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United States Sports Academy Recognizes Employees for Longevity

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy recently presented employees with awards for reaching service milestones. From left are Robin Stephens, financial aid and graduate admissions counselor (five years); Jennifer Sellers, human resources coordinator (five years); President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich (40 years); Director of Doctoral Studies Dr. Fred Cromartie (20 years);  Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Stephen Butler (five years); and Jennifer Pepper, instructional designer (five years). Shown in the inset is…

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Academy Sport Artist of the Year Dr. Mina Papatheodorou Valyraki Honored at International Art and Sport Film Festival

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Accomplished Greek painter Dr. Mina Papatheodorou Valyraki, the United States Sports Academy’s 2002 Sport Artist of the Year, was honored with the Mention D’Honneur Award in Arts and Sport at a recent international festival in Milan, Italy, celebrating the best in creative communication to advance sport during 2017. Valyraki, who lives in Athens, Greece, was given the award by the Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs (FICTS), an organization that promotes the values…

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Academy Board of Visitors Chairman Dr. Bob Goldman Featured in National Article on Success, Earns Tae Kwon Do Honor

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DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy Board of Visitors Chairman Dr. Robert Goldman was recently featured prominently in Psychology Today as a role model on how to attaining success and achievement, even as he was receiving a higher rank in the world of martial arts. Goldman, a resident of Chicago, Ill., is the co-founder and current chairman of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Goldman was the Academy’s 2012 Dwight D. Eisenhower Fitness Award…

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Academy Faculty Member Dr. Brandon Spradley Reviews eSports Chapter in Upcoming Sports Ethics Book

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DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy Director of Sports Management Dr. Brandon Spradley has reviewed a chapter evaluating the possibility of eSports being integrated into the Olympics that is part of an upcoming book that touches on ethics, law and trends in the sports industry. Spradley reviewed a chapter on the development of eSports – also known as competitive video gaming – for the book “Law, Ethics and Integrity in the Sports Industry,” currently…

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United States Sports Academy Sees Education, Awareness as Keys to Addressing Ethical Lapses and Corruption in Sport

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Academic leaders at the United States Sports Academy say that enhanced education and raising public awareness of the need for change are two important contributions they plan to make toward addressing highly visible ethical lapses, governance issues and outright corruption that have recently rocked the world of sport. Whether it is financial corruption in international soccer, bribery related to the awarding of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, the use of illegal performance…

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Support Your Academy with a Gift During Year-End Tax Planning

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As 2017 comes to a close, the United States Sports Academy is currently reaching out to faculty, staff, alumni, friends and supporters who might want to make a donation as the tax year also comes to an end. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, your gift to the Academy is fully deductible to the extent of the tax code. The Academy asks for your generous support as we continue to touch lives and enhance sport and…

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Dr. Kenneth Cameron Wins United States Sports Academy 2017 Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award

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DAPHNE, Ala. – A nationally recognized medical researcher known for his work in injury prevention and treatment of athletes and people in military service has won the United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award. Dr. Kenneth Cameron was recently presented this year’s award by Academy trustee and cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Don Wukasch of Austin, Texas, at the Academy’s Annual Awards of Sport celebration on the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala. Cameron…

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United States Sports Academy Honors 24-Year Employee with Retirement Ceremony

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DAPHNE, Ala. — The United States Sports Academy recently celebrated longtime employee Becky Cochran, who retired after serving the Academy in various roles for more than 24 years. Cochran started her Academy career in 1993 as an admissions assistant and spent time working in continuing education, the registrar’s office and in admissions. Cochran is pictured with Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich, left, and Dean of Student Services Dr. Vince Nix. The United States…

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Congratulations Graduates

Congratulations to our recent graduates, who hail from across the country.

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Editor’s note:  Since students of the United States Sports Academy are able to complete their coursework and degree requirements on their own schedule, the Academy throughout each month immediately awards degrees to students who complete requirements.  Students are not required to wait to the end of a semester or term to receive their degrees.  The Academy congratulates the following graduates who completed their degrees this month. Master’s Graduates Crystal L. Lewis (Florence, Miss.) – M.S.S….

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Academy Master’s Degree Enables Joe Toomey to Earn Principal Post at Historic Mobile High School

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DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy alumnus Joe Toomey used his Academy master’s degree to build on his skills as a coach and expand his career to school administration, a move that recently earned him the position of principal at one of Alabama’s most historic high schools. Toomey is principal of Murphy High School in Mobile, Ala., known for its longtime academic excellence and historic role as the state’s oldest high school. Toomey earned…

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