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Academy’s Esports and Maternity Wellness Programs with Bryant & Stratton College Launching in January 2021

2020-11-24T15:30:53-06:00November 24th, 2020|

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 25 January 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 [...]

Support the Academy’s Fundraising Effort on Giving Tuesday

2020-11-24T11:52:27-06:00November 24th, 2020|

As the nation marks Giving Tuesday on 1 December 2020, why not use the occasion to support the United States Sports Academy’s ongoing effort to provide quality sports education to students around the world? Giving Tuesday is a national celebration associated with the holidays and the season of giving.  Participants are encouraged to make a gift on that day to charities and non-profits that make a difference in our nation and world. The timing is perfect, as the Academy is currently reaching out to faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and supporters during its annual fundraising drive. Facebook is one of the many social media companies participating in Giving Tuesday this year. In fact, if you make your donation to the Academy through this link, Facebook has pledged to match your [...]

1989 Sport Artist of the Year Jim Ridlon Part of Woodstock, NY, Exhibit

2020-11-24T10:42:01-06:00November 24th, 2020|

Mixed media and collage painting art pieces created by the United States Sports Academy’s 1989 Sport Artist of the Year Jim Ridlon will be on exhibit at the New Woodstock (N.Y.) Free Library from Tuesday, 1 December 2020 through the end of January 2021. Ridlon is an internationally recognized artist who has exhibited around the world. He has works in the collections of the Everson Museum of Art, Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, the Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute and scores of others. He was named the Academy’s Sport Artist of the Year in 1989 and has completed commissions for the Walt Disney Corporation, ABC Wide World of Sports and ABC’s Monday Night Football. Ridlon was also a defensive back for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers and Dallas [...]

ASAMA Receives “Liberty” Bas Relief Donation in Memory of Founding President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich

2020-11-24T13:35:38-06:00November 24th, 2020|

The American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) recently received a donation of a Liberty bas relief presented in memory of late United States Sports Academy Founding President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich. Donated by Academy Trustee Jack Scharr, the bronze bas relief depicts the Statue of Liberty and features a plaque that memorializes the life of the Academy founder. Scharr, the president of Fine Art Limited in St. Louis, said the Liberty piece is one in a series depicting the fourteen major ethnic groups that entered the United States through Ellis Island. The Liberty piece was originally sculpted in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the donation of the Statue of Liberty from France to the United States. Rosandich was a first generation American born in Sheboygan Falls, Wisc., in [...]

American Figure Skaters Chen and Bell Named October Athletes of the Month

2020-11-19T08:57:01-06:00November 19th, 2020|

Nathan Chen and Mariah Bell skated away with the United States Sports Academy’s Athlete of the Month honors for October. The American figure skaters won Skate America titles in the month and earned the most votes in the Academy’s worldwide online ballot. Chen won his fourth consecutive Skate America title in competition in Las Vegas on 24 October 2020. Chen, 21, finished 25 points ahead of his nearest competitor, easing his way to the gold medal with a final score of 299.15. Chen was previously recognized as the Academy’s 2019 Athlete of the Year. Bell won her first Grand Prix of Skating title with a victory at Skate America in Las Vegas on 24 October 2020. Bell finished with 212.73 total points to hold off challenger Bradie Tennell. The second [...]

Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2020-11-10T10:32:32-06:00November 10th, 2020|

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. Matthew T. Harmon (Wall, N.J.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Leadership specialization, with honors Dr. Hugh Morrissey (Alpine, Texas) – Ed.D. Sports management, Sports Leadership specialization, with honors Dr. Noemi I. Zaharia (Miami, Fla.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Coaching emphasis, Sports Leadership specialization Master’s Graduates Mark R. Bell (Los Angeles, Calif.) – M.S.S. Sports Management, with honors Alison M. Daehling (Two Rivers, Wisc.) – M.S.S. dual degree Sports Management and Sports Coaching, with honors John T. Odom (Bladenboro, N.C.) – M.S.S. dual degree Sports Management and Sports Coaching, NCAA Compliance emphasis, with honors

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Academy Announces Landmark First Lower Division Bachelor of Sports Science Degree Program

2020-11-10T10:01:55-06:00November 10th, 2020|

For the first time in its 48-year history, the United States Sports Academy in Spring semester 2021 will begin admitting Freshman students into its renowned sport education degree programs. The Academy has received accreditor approval to begin offering the first years of the Bachelor of Sports Science (B.S.S.) degree program to complement its longstanding and highly regarded bachelor’s degree completion program. Founded as a graduate school of sport in 1972, the Academy admitted its first bachelor’s degree students in the Fall semester of 2004. The Academy’s application for four-year bachelor’s status was recently approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The landmark change means that the institution will begin admitting freshmen for a four-year B.S.S. degree program and teaching general educational core curriculum courses [...]

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Vote Now for United States Sports Academy Athlete of the Month for October

2020-11-05T13:10:54-06:00November 5th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy is pleased to announce online voting is open for its Athlete of the Month ballot for the month of October, featuring 12 candidates from nine 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, 12 November 2020. Male nominees are Tom Brady, football, United States; Nathan Chen, figure skating, United States; Joshua Cheptegei, athletics, Uganda; Tao Geoghegan Hart, cycling, United Kingdom; Rafael Nadal, tennis, Spain; and Corey Seager, baseball United States. Female nominees are Mariah Bell, figure skating, United States; Letesenbet Gidey, athletics, Ethiopia; Sifan Hassan, athletics, the Netherlands; Peres Jepchirchir, athletics, Kenya; Kim Sei-young, golf, South Korea; and Iga [...]

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Academy Partners with Bryant & Stratton College to Provide Esports Management Certification Program

2020-10-30T11:45:29-05:00October 27th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy is partnering with Bryant & Stratton College to provide an esports management certification program to students at the private college’s Virginia campuses. The Academy has agreed to offer its innovative, four-course Certification in Esports Management program to Bryant & Stratton students beginning soon. 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. Esports have swept the nation in the last few years because of the increasing [...]

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ASAMA Receives Original Hans Erni Series from Late Founding President’s Estate

2020-10-27T10:01:47-05:00October 27th, 2020|

Three original pieces by world renowned artist and United States Sports Academy 1987 Sport Artist of the Year Hans Erni were recently donated to the American Sport Art Museum & Archives on the Academy campus in Daphne, Ala., by the estate of the institution’s late Founding President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich. The original serigraphs are entitled the “Daphne Series” and were created when the artist visited Daphne, Ala., in 1987 to accept his Sport Artist of the Year award. During the visit, Erni met young art students from the area and conducted a live painting event where he created the “Daphne Series” pieces. After hanging in the Founding President’s personal collection at his home prior to his passing, the pieces are now on prominent display at ASAMA. Erni was a [...]

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Academy Welcomes Dr. Reginald Sykes and Chris Plonsky to Board of Trustees

2020-10-27T09:49:12-05:00October 27th, 2020|

Dr. Reginald Sykes and Chris Plonsky The United States Sports Academy is welcoming a pair of experienced higher education and athletics administrators to its esteemed Board of Trustees. Bishop State Community College President Dr. Reginald Sykes and University of Texas executive senior associate athletics director Chris Plonsky will be seated by the board when it holds its annual meeting in November 2020. Sykes has served as Bishop State’s president since 2017 after serving one year in an interim capacity. A native of Meridian, Miss., Sykes previously served as dean of students at Meridian Community College for seven years, dean of student services at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College – Jefferson Davis Campus for one year, and vice president of the Jefferson Davis Campus for five years. He also [...]

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Duplantis, Osterman Named Academy September Athletes of the Month

2020-10-26T10:29:25-05:00October 26th, 2020|

Swedish pole vault sensation Armand “Mondo” Duplantis and American softball star Cat Osterman were named the United States Sports Academy’s Athletes of the Month for September after stellar performances during the month. Osterman won the inaugural Athletes Unlimited league title with the most individual points of any player after five weeks of competition with 2,408. Osterman pitched six complete games and finished with an overall win-loss record of 13-1 in the new softball event. She is a repeat Athlete of the Month honoree, having previously won the award for her performance on the diamond in August. Duplantis set a world record in the outdoor pole vault with a height of 6.15 meters (20.17 feet) at the Diamond League event in Rome on 17 September 2020. Duplantis already set a world [...]

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