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Sculptor Brett Grill, Painter James Peterson Named Academy’s 2022 Sport Artists of the Year

2022-06-30T16:33:59-05:00June 30th, 2022|

A pair of exciting young artists will be featured at the United States Sports Academy’s annual Awards of Sport program on campus on Thursday, November 10, 2022. The institution will introduce noted sculptor Brett Grill and contemporary painter James Peterson as its latest Sport Artists of the Year during the program, which is free and open to the public. Since 1984, the Academy’s Sport Artist of the Year Award has been given to an individual who captures the spirit and life of sport so that future generations can relive the drama of today’s competition. The recipient may use a variety of art media including film, video or sculpture to depict the breadth and scope of both the agony and the ecstasy of sport. Sport Artist of the Year James [...]

Academy President Discusses Sport Education Programs in Thailand, Philippines as Sports Study Tour Resumes this Summer

2022-06-29T09:10:23-05:00June 28th, 2022|

Amid the resumption of the United States Sports Academy’s longstanding Sports Study Tour and certification program with students in Thailand, Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich visited with education partners in that nation and in the Philippines. Thailand The Academy is scheduled to welcome a group of students from the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) to the United States in July 2022 for the resumption of the Sports Study Tour portion of the International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) and International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) programs. The Study Tour portion of the program had been put on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions, but Thai students are scheduled to visit the World Games 2022 in Birmingham, Ala., sites in Atlanta, Ga., and the Academy campus in July. Sports education [...]

James Peterson Named Academy’s 2022 Sport Artist of the Year, Painter

2022-06-28T09:46:02-05:00June 28th, 2022|

Because of his colorful, contemporary style and dedication to personalizing paintings for athletes and inspirational entertainers, artist James Peterson has been named the United States Sports Academy’s Sport Artist of the Year in the Painter category. Peterson will be introduced to the public at the institution’s Awards of Sport program on its Daphne, Ala., campus on Thursday, November 10, 2022. Peterson is a contemporary portrait artist originally from Milwaukee, Wisc. His original 60×48 portrait of NBA Hall of Fame player Alex English is autographed by both the athlete and the artist. Peterson paints larger-than-life portraits of inspirational athletes and entertainers. As part of that series, Peterson created two unique portraits of each subject, gifting on to the athlete and keeping the other signed original, or in this case, donating it. [...]

Golfer Justin Thomas, Tennis Star Iga Swiatek Named Academy June Athletes of the Month

2022-06-28T10:27:29-05:00June 28th, 2022|

American golfer Justin Thomas and Polish tennis star Iga Swiatek impressed on the biggest stages in their sports in June and were named the United States Sports Academy’s Athletes of the Month. Thomas won his second PGA Championship with a playoff win against Will Zalatoris on 22 May 2022 in Tulsa, Okla. Thomas shot a 5-under par 275 to win his second major tournament. Swiatek won her 28th consecutive match and captured the women’s Italian Open title with a 6-2, 6-2 win against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur on 15 May 2022. Swiatek has now won all four Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) 1000 tournaments she has played in this season and won her last five WTA tournaments overall. The second place finisher on the men’s side was Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic [...]

Brett Grill Selected as Academy’s 2022 Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor

2022-06-28T08:50:46-05:00June 28th, 2022|

Because of his dedication to depicting some of sport and history’s greatest figures, sculptor J. Brett Grill has been selected as the United States Sports Academy’s Sport Artist of the Year, Sculptor. Grill will be introduced to the public during the Academy’s Awards of Sport program on its Daphne, Ala., campus on Thursday, November 10, 2022. Since 1984, the Academy’s Sport Artist of the Year Award has been given to an individual who captures the spirit and life of sport so that future generations can relive the drama of today’s competition. The recipient may use a variety of art media including film, video or sculpture to depict the breadth and scope of both the agony and the ecstasy of sport. Grill, of Grand Rapids, Mich., was recently selected as the [...]

Interview with Student of the Month Melissa El Chaar

2022-06-10T14:38:05-05:00June 10th, 2022|

Melissa El Chaar of Aley, Lebanon, is the United States Sports Academy's latest Student of the Month. El Chaar is a teacher and dance instructor who hopes to use her Bachelor of Sports Science degree in strength and conditioning to teach the science behind dance to adults in Lebanon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IIE4osQ0CE

Academy Alum Mike Duffy Retires After 17 Years as AD at Adrian College

2022-06-10T13:40:39-05:00June 10th, 2022|

United States Sports Academy master's degree alumnus Mike Duffy recently retired after serving 17 years as the athletic director at Adrian College in Adrian, Mich. Duffy earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports administration in 1985 and has worked as an administrator and coach at Adrian College ever since. He also holds a bachelor's degree from Adrian College, where he was a member of the 1980 MIAA championship football team. After graduation, Duffy jumped straight into coaching which included 23 seasons as assistant football coach with 10 of them as assistant head coach. He also spent four seasons as the head baseball coach before serving as an assistant, and coached the Adrian College track and field team. In 2006, President Jeffrey R. Docking announced Duffy would take over [...]

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Academy Faculty Teaching Sports Marketing Course to Students from Barcelona’s GBSB Global Business School

2022-05-24T13:46:23-05:00May 24th, 2022|

The United States Sports Academy is once again teaming up with GBSB Global Business School to provide an online, instructor facilitated sports marketing course to sports management students at the Barcelona-based institution. The 10-week post-secondary, non-degree sports marketing course is being taught by the Academy’s director of doctoral studies Dr. Fred Cromartie and chair of sports management Dr. Brandon Spradley. The course launched this month and 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 [...]

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Academy 2002 Sport Artist of the Year Mina Valyraki Part of Art Show with Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan

2022-05-24T09:50:17-05:00May 24th, 2022|

The United States Sports Academy’s 2002 Sport Artist of the Year, painter Mina Valyraki participated in a special art show with Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan in April in Annapolis. The art show, called “Women in the Arts: A Dialogue Between Nature and Environment,” was described this way: Just as culture occupies a special place in life, so too women have always played an important role in this vast and beautiful area of human activity. Looking at the works of Yumi Hogan and Mina Papatheodorou-Valyraki, we can understand and delight in the different ways in which these two women have embodied and defined nature through art. Whether their inspiration is found in the European still life tradition or in Asian landscape painting, both artists display an appreciation for nature as [...]

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Academy Expands Global Reach by Assisting in Planning of Soccer Academy in Cabo Verde

2022-05-24T09:26:35-05:00May 24th, 2022|

Following President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich’s recent trip to the island country of Cabo Verde off the coast of Africa, the United States Sports Academy will participate in the planning of a soccer academy with Africa Development Solutions (ADS) in city of Mindelo in that nation. Rosandich met with various administrators about the venture during his trip, including ADS Chairman Mr. Samba Bathily and Mario Semedo, Vice President for Training of the Federação Cabo Verde de Futbol. The project, called Nation’s Football Academy, is expected to be up and running in fall 2022. ADS Group is a multinational company operating in 7 industries and employing more than 700 employees within african continent. Under the leadership of its founder and CEO, Samba Bathily, ADS Group seek to support the development [...]

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Collegiate Gymnastics Champions Paul Juda, Trinity Thomas Named Academy April Athletes of the Month

2022-05-16T15:27:39-05:00May 16th, 2022|

Paul Juda and Trinity Thomas won the men’s and women’s all-around titles at the NCAA Gymnastics Championships and were crowned the United States Sports Academy’s Athletes of the Month for April for their impressive feats. Juda, competing for the University of Michigan, won the men’s all-around title and tied Sam Mikulak’s modern-era school record of six All-America honors at the NCAA Gymnastics Championships in Oklahoma on 16 April 2022. In addition to the all-around title, Juda also scored 15.000 and won the vault title. Thomas, a University of Florida senior, held off Olympic all-around champion Sunisa Lee to win the women’s NCAA all-around title on 17 April 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas. Thomas also won the uneven bars and floor exercise events. The second place finisher on the men’s side [...]

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Ciara Taylor Says Academy Education Opened Door for Opportunity in USFL Concussion Safety Role

2022-05-10T13:27:22-05:00May 10th, 2022|

Ciara Taylor is an athletic trainer at Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, Ala., and a former United States Sports Academy Student of the Month. Now, she’s making the most of her opportunity to work as a concussion manager, spotter, and athletic trainer for the United States Football League (USFL) in Birmingham. In that role, Taylor is responsible for spotting the obvious signs of concussion in players after big hits and collisions, and responsible for notifying on-field referees when a player needs to be checked out. “This is truly an amazing opportunity,” Taylor said. “The professional game is so fast paced and exciting and I have learned so much in just a few weeks working with a professional organization like the USFL. This is a great learning opportunity and I [...]

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