Academy Library Director Dr. Vandy Pacetti-Donelson Presents at Conference in Italy

2019-06-25T11:25:03-05:00June 25th, 2019|

Dr. Vandy Pacetti-Donelson United States Sports Academy library director Dr. Vandy Pacetti-Donelson recently made a presentation at an international library conference in Florence, Italy. Pacetti-Donelson presented a bibliometric study at the 2019 Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML) conference that demonstrates a method to identify scientific specialties in conference proceedings. Bibliometrics is the analyses of patterns of information related to usage data, impact, or publication data in print or electronic format. Her research demonstrated that the nature of scientific specialties can be identified in knowledge domains outside of the traditional publication records and proposed a methodology to collate data and complete an analysis without traditional database usage. Pacetti-Donelson earned her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and her doctoral degree from [...]

Academy Sends Instructors to Thailand for Longstanding International Sports Certification Program

2019-06-25T11:15:40-05:00June 25th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy is continuing its longstanding international certification program in Thailand with a handful of instructors teaching the institution’s post-secondary, non-degree programs in that country this summer. This is the 14th consecutive year that the Academy has taught its international certification program to provide advanced sport education to prepare students in Thailand for careers in sport. The Academy teaches the International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program in Thailand, which includes a wide range of coaching and related administrative skills, and the International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM), a program that includes management topics such as sports event planning, marketing and public relations, and facilities. In June, the Academy has sent instructors Dr. Mike Hahesy, Dr. Dave Shrock, and Dr. Christopher Rampacek to Bangkok on teaching assignments. [...]

Academy 2010 Sport Artist of the Year Tafa Pays Tribute to Life of Bronx Apartment Fire Hero

2019-06-25T11:14:45-05:00June 25th, 2019|

Artist Tafa presents a portrait memorializing New York National Guard Private Emmanuel Mensah. United States Sports Academy 2010 Sport Artist of the Year Tafa was recently commissioned to pay tribute to a hero who gave his life rescuing people from a fire in the Bronx. Tafa, a native of Ghana, created a portrait memorializing New York National Guard Private Emmanuel Mensah, 28, who died in December of 2017 while attempting to rescue people stranded inside of a burning apartment building. The late soldier was one of 13 people who were killed in the fire. The artist presented the portrait to Mensah’s family during a street naming ceremony in his honor. The street, 2363 Prospects Avenue in Bronx in New York City, was renamed Private First Class Emmanuel Mensah [...]

Painter Steven Lester Named Academy’s 2019 Sport Artist of the Year

2019-06-19T13:55:56-05:00June 19th, 2019|

Academy 2019 Sport Artist of the Year Steven Lester in his Atlanta Studio. After four decades of leadership in the commercial creative field, Atlanta’s Steven Lester fully embraced his passion for painting and quickly gained notoriety for what he calls “representational expressionism.” Because Lester’s action sports themes resonate with vibrant life and elicit a visceral, emotional response, he has been named the United States Sports Academy’s 2019 Sport Artist of the Year. Lester will be awarded the honor at the Academy’s Awards of Sport event and reception on Thursday, November 14, 2019 on the Academy campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Academy’s 35th Annual Awards of Sport program, a celebration of sport and art and a “Tribute to the [...]

Leonard, King Named United States Sports Academy May Athletes of the Month

2019-06-17T13:48:02-05:00June 17th, 2019|

A pair of top American athletes have won the United States Sports Academy’s contest for May Male and Female Athlete of the Month. Basketball player Kawhi Leonard and swimmer Lilly King took home the institution’s top honors for the month. Leonard averaged 30 points in 12 NBA Playoff games for the Toronto Raptors in May 2019 and led the team to its first NBA Finals appearance in history. Leonard averaged 29.8 points and 9.5 rebounds in Toronto’s six-game Eastern Conference Finals series against Milwaukee. King won gold in the 200-meter breaststroke and 50-meter breaststroke events in the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Champions Series in Indianapolis on 31 May 2019. King finished the 200-meter event in 2:21.39 and the 50-meter even in 29.63 seconds, the fastest time of the year. She [...]

Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2019-06-11T14:30:17-05:00June 11th, 2019|

The Academy congratulates the following graduates who completed their degrees this month. Doctoral Graduates Dr. Treva Kacille Shott-Gozashti (Abilene, Texas) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Medicine emphasis, Human Resources Management specialization Dr. Jason J. Williams (Foley, Ala.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Health and Fitness emphasis, Sports Marketing specialization Master’s Graduates Anthony T. Cook (Clover, S.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies Shawn R. Schumacher (Canton, Ga.) – M.S.S. Sports Management, Recreation Management emphasis Blake M. Updike (Scappoose, Ore.) – M.S.S. Sports Management Bachelor’s Graduates Shawn Henry Benson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching Nicholas Aaron Nolen (Statesville, N.C.) – B.S.S. Sports Management

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Academy Students Present at North American Society for Sport Management Conference in New Orleans

2019-06-11T14:14:32-05:00June 11th, 2019|

United States Sports Academy doctoral students Jillian Rosandich and Robert Herron recently represented the institution at the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) Conference in New Orleans, La. Herron and Rosandich, who also serve as teaching assistants on the Academy campus in Daphne, Ala., attended the conference both for professional development and also to present a paper they co-authored with the Academy’s Chair of Sport Management Dr. Brandon Spradley. The paper encompassed research on data obtained from Likert scales; possible Likert-alternatives, such as visual analog scales; and also focused on the gaps that can exist in data derived from Likert scale responses. Highlights from the weekend, aside from the honor that came from presenting their research, included an inspiring keynote address from Earle F. Zeigler Award recipient, Dr. Jennifer [...]

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Vote Now for Academy Athlete of the Month for May

2019-06-06T09:36:55-05:00June 6th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for May and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates – six male and six female – from eight 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 to cast a [...]

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

2019-06-05T11:47:18-05:00June 5th, 2019|

International Ski Federation President Gian Franco Kasper, right, was presented the United States Sports Academy’s 2018 Eagle Award in Oberhofen, Switzerland, by EU Business School President Dr. Dirk Craen. 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 received the United States Sports Academy’s 2018 Eagle Award, the institution’s highest international honor. Kasper was presented his Eagle Award in Oberhofen, Switzerland, by EU Business School President Dr. Dirk Craen. Craen was the recipient of the Academy’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award. 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 [...]

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United States Sports Academy Introduces Online Fitness Course Featuring FasciaMethod

2019-05-23T15:13:53-05:00May 23rd, 2019|

For the first time ever the United States Sports Academy is offering an online, video-driven personal fitness course showcasing the Finnish FasciaMethod concept to the general public around the world. The Academy in August 2018 signed a cooperative agreement with the Finnish company ProFTraining Finland to provide educational opportunities to students in Finland, as well as to integrate that company’s health care techniques into Academy coursework. As part of the agreement, the Academy is now offering an online, video-led continuing education course featuring ProFTraining’s myofascial training concepts, called the FasciaMethod. In the course, students will learn what the FasciaMethod is and how it differs from other mobility training concepts. Students will learn about its main approaches and why FasciaMethod is such an effective body maintenance concept. Students will learn why [...]

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Academy’s Doctoral Degree Program Recognized as One of the Best

2019-05-22T16:06:30-05:00May 22nd, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy’s doctoral degree program in sports management has been recognized as one of the best online sports management degrees by College Values Online. College Values Online researched 48 colleges and universities listed by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) College Navigator, and the Academy’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Sports Management was ranked in the top 20. The Academy’s Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management is a one-of-a kind sports degree program specifically designed to meet the needs of recent master’s degree earners and working professionals who aim to be leaders in the sports industry. The program provides students with a meaningful education and technical preparation for the fast-paced, competitive world of sport professions. The online doctoral degree is a 66-semester hour program [...]

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Woods, Hurd Named United States Sports Academy April Athletes of the Month

2019-05-13T09:07:37-05:00May 13th, 2019|

A pair of top American athletes have won the United States Sports Academy’s contest for April Male and Female Athlete of the Month. Golfer Tiger Woods won the men’s award while gymnast Morgan Hurd took home the women’s honor. Woods shot a 13-under 275 to capture the Masters championship on 14 April 2019 in Augusta, Ga. It was the fifth Masters title and 15th major championship for Woods, but first in 11 years. Hurd won gold in the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) All-Around World Cup championship in Tokyo on 7 April 2019. Hurd scored 55.099 total points to capture the second World Cup win of her career. The second place finisher on the men’s side was American baseball player Cody Bellinger and third place went to American gymnast Sam Mikulak. [...]

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