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Thai Students Graduate from Academy’s Longstanding Sports Certification Programs

2019-09-24T13:19:01-05:00September 24th, 2019|

Thai students, along with leaders from the Sports Authority of Thailand, are pictured with Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich during a visit to the institution’s campus in Daphne, Ala. The United States Sports Academy’s longstanding certification program to provide advanced sport education to students in Thailand continued recently as three groups of Thai students visited the institution’s campus in Daphne, Ala. The post-secondary, non-degree programs in Bangkok are designed to prepare people in Thailand for careers in coaching and related athletic professions. The International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program includes a wide range of coaching and related administrative skills, while the International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) program includes management topics such as sports event planning, marketing and public relations, and facilities. In addition, students [...]

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An Opportunity for an International Sport Exchange

2019-05-02T13:52:01-05:00May 2nd, 2019|

The Federation of University Sport in China (FUSC-the Chinese collegiate sport sanctioning body similar to the NCAA) has announced an opportunity for a sport cultural exchange. The FUSC is willing to host a men’s or women’s basketball team between 11-31 August (although there may be some flexibility in the dates) in Beijing during which time the team would participate in joint basketball practices, workshops, and a couple of games with their Chinese collegiate counterparts. The program would also include cultural activities such as sightseeing. The program is for seven days in China, including the day of arrival and departure leaving five days on the ground in Beijing for a delegation of up to 20 players, coaches, and school officials. Included will be domestic transportation, local meals and accommodations in China. [...]

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Varala Sports Institute Launches International Sports Management Program with United States Sports Academy and Proftraining Finland

2019-05-02T13:23:38-05:00May 2nd, 2019|

The Finnish Varala Sports Institute and Proftraining Finland have formalized an agreement and will partner to offer sports management training programs. Their first venture will be an International Sports Management Certification program which was developed in conjunction with United States Sports Academy. Coursework for the International Sports Management Certification will be offered in English, online, under the guidance of Academy instructors. At the end of the coursework, an on-site symposium at the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala., will be offered to students in the program. As with all Academy programs, students will be able to study while continuing to work full-time in their profession. Academy Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlström said the institution is proud to work with Varala and Proftraining. “Since its beginning, the Academy has [...]

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Academy Continues Adaptive Sport Training Program in Bahrain

2019-01-18T15:58:47-06:00January 21st, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy in 2019 is continuing its program to train physical education teachers and coaches in the Kingdom of Bahrain to better meet the needs of athletes with adaptive needs. Academy National Faculty member Marty Floyd recently traveled to the island nation in the Middle East for the third time for an extensive teaching stint for a post-secondary, non-degree certificate program in disabled and adaptive sport for the Bahrain Sports Federation for Disabilities (BSFD). This is Floyd’s third visit to Bahrain to teach this program for the Academy since last year. The Adaptive Sports program is a unique course of advanced study designed for coaches and physical education teachers who have or want to have experience working with athletes with varying degrees of adaptive needs. The program has [...]

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International Ski Federation President Gian Franco Kasper Earns Academy’s 2018 Eagle Award

2019-01-18T14:10:35-06:00January 21st, 2019|

After he played a key role in the success of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, International Ski Federation (FIS) President Gian Franco Kasper has been named the winner of the United States Sports Academy’s 2018 Eagle Award, the institution’s highest international honor. The Eagle Award is 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 keen judgment in using authority wisely as a means of bringing nations together through sport for the betterment of mankind. Kasper is a Swiss ski official who has been president of the International Ski Federation (FIS) since 1998 and is the current president of the Association [...]

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Luka Modric, Angelique Kerber Named United States Sports Academy July Athletes of the Month

2018-08-21T14:10:47-05:00August 21st, 2018|

DAPHNE, Ala. – Croatian soccer player Luka Modric and German tennis player Angelique Kerber have been named the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for July. Modric won the Golden Ball Award as the most outstanding player of the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Modric scored two goals and an assist and was considered dominant in the midfield, setting the tempo and dictating the pace of play as Croatia made an improbable run to the World Cup final. Kerber defeated American Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3 to win the women’s Wimbledon title on 14 July 2018 in London. It was the first Wimbledon title for Kerber, who is the first German woman to win the tournament since Steffi Graf in 1996. The second place finisher on [...]

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Vote Now for Academy Athlete of the Month for June

2018-07-05T13:50:58-05:00July 5th, 2018|

DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for June and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates – six male and six female – from seven countries comprise the list. Each month, the public is invited to participate in the Academy’s worldwide Athlete of the Month program by nominating athletes and then voting online during the first week of every month. The online votes are used to guide the Academy selection committee in choosing the male and female monthly winners, who then become eligible for selection to the prestigious Athlete of the Year ballot. A worldwide public vote on the annual ballot is used to guide the committee in making the final selection. Everyone is encouraged [...]

Give Me 2 Minutes: LeBron Leaves Cleveland for Los Angeles

2018-07-02T14:46:51-05:00July 2nd, 2018|

DAPHNE, Ala. – In three new episodes of the United States Sports Academy’s “Give Me 2 Minutes,” Academy Director of Sports Management Dr. Brandon Spradley and Chair of Sports Coaching Dr. Bret Simmermacher discuss different aspects of basketball star LeBron James’ decision to leave his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Los Angeles Lakers. The videos can be viewed at the following links: “LeBron to the Lakers?” “Does Luke Walton Have his Hands Full?” “Will playing for the Lakers cement LeBron’s legacy?”  “Give Me 2 Minutes” features Academy faculty addressing a wide range of important topics in sport.  As new videos are produced they are added in date order to the Academy’s YouTube “Give Me 2 Minutes” playlist.   The videos can be viewed online by clicking on the “Give Me [...]

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Nick Foles, Chloe Kim Named United States Sports Academy February Athletes of the Month

2018-03-19T09:23:08-05:00March 19th, 2018|

DAPHNE, Ala. – Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles and American snowboarder Chloe Kim have been named the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for February. Foles was named the MVP of Super Bowl LII as he completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards, three touchdown passes and one touchdown catch as the Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in Minneapolis, Minn., on 4 February 2018. Kim, 17, became the youngest woman ever to win gold in Olympic snowboarding when she won the halfpipe event with a high score of 92.75 in the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. She is also the youngest woman to win a gold medal on snow at the Winter Olympics, breaking the record set by Swiss skier [...]

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Vote Now for Academy Athlete of the Month for January

2019-10-15T15:15:49-05:00February 8th, 2018|

DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for January and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates – six male and six female – from six countries comprise the list. Each month, the public is invited to participate in the Academy’s worldwide Athlete of the Month program by nominating athletes and then voting online during the first week of every month. The online votes are used to guide the Academy selection committee in choosing the male and female monthly winners, who then become eligible for selection to the prestigious Athlete of the Year ballot. A worldwide public vote on the annual ballot is used to guide the committee in making the final selection. Everyone is encouraged [...]

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Springer, Flanagan Named United States Sports Academy November Athletes of the Month

2017-12-18T08:51:28-06:00December 18th, 2017|

DAPHNE, Ala. – Houston Astros outfielder George Springer and American runner Shalane Flanagan have been named the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for November. Springer was named the MVP of the World Series as the Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games, capped by a 5-1 win on 1 November 2017. Springer finished the series with 11 hits, three doubles, five home runs and seven RBIs. He is just the third player to hit five home runs in a single World Series, tying Reggie Jackson in 1977 and Chase Utley in 2009. He also set World Series records with eight extra-base hits and 29 total bases. Flanagan on 5 November 2017 became the first American woman in 40 years (1977) to win [...]

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Vote Now for Academy Athlete of the Month for November

2019-10-15T15:15:49-05:00December 7th, 2017|

DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for November and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates – six male and six female – from seven countries comprise the list. Each month, the public is invited to participate in the Academy’s worldwide Athlete of the Month program by nominating athletes and then voting online during the first week of every month. The online votes are used to guide the Academy selection committee in choosing the male and female monthly winners, who then become eligible for selection to the prestigious Athlete of the Year ballot. A worldwide public vote on the annual ballot is used to guide the committee in making the final selection. Everyone is encouraged [...]

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