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Academy 2017 Alumnus of the Year Dave Shrock Earns USA Track and Field President’s Award

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The United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Alumnus of the Year Dave Shrock continues to earn accolades for his involvement in the world of track and field. Shrock was recently named the recipient of the USA Track and Field (USATF) President’s Award in recognition of his more than 40 years of service in track and field as an athlete, coach, and administrator. Shrock currently serves as the chair of the USATF National Association’s Committee, which is…

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Hanyu, Zagitova Named United States Sports Academy November Athletes of the Month

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Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu and Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova have been named the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for November. Hanyu set a men’s short program world record with a score of 106.69 at the International Skating Union Figure Skating Grand Prix in Helsinki on 3 November 2018. Zagitova scored 80.78 points during her short program at the Gran-Prix Rostelecom Cup in Moscow on 17 November, which…

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Finnish Artist Rauli Mard Donates Pair of Portraits to American Sport Art Museum & Archives

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Finnish artist Rauli Mard has donated a pair of original portraits to the United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) featuring American football player Philip Rivers and Finnish rallycross driver Toomas Heikkinen. Mard is famous for his art depicting motorcycles, cars, and airplanes and his portraits, many of which are crafted in front of the public. Mard visited the United States to attend the United Nations Ambassador Gala in New York,…

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Finnish Motorsport Manager Atte Varsta Joins United States Sports Academy National Faculty

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Finnish motorsport manager and health and wellness entrepreneur Atte Varsta has joined the United States Sports Academy’s National Faculty, a group of instructors credentialed to teach the Academy’s international sports education programs abroad. Varsta is an experienced entrepreneur with a history of working in sports management, retail, marketing and business planning. He is the commercial director for Global Rallycross Europe, an all-European rallycross championship series based in Vienna, Austria. He is also a partner in…

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Academy President Appointed to FICTS Youth, Education and Culture Commission

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United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich has been appointed to serve on the Youth, Education and Culture Commission of the Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs (FICTS), an international organization which promotes the universal idea of culture through sport. Officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FICTS promotes and spreads the development of Olympic values and the culture of sport through film and television. Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Milan,…

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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. Doctoral Graduate Dr. Alex Z. Hoffman (Encinitas, Calif.) –…

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Vote Now for Academy Athlete of the Month for November

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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…

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United States Sports Academy Aims to Train Strength and Conditioning Professionals for Certification Exam

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The United States Sports Academy is taking strides to provide a training program to prepare strength and conditioning professionals for the preeminent certification exam in their field. The Academy is working to develop a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) approved preparation program to help strength and conditioning professionals as they take their Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam. The CSCS exam is the preeminent certification of its kind, but the average pass rate…

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Academy Trustee Joan Cronan Earns Institution’s 2018 Honorary Doctorate

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When the United States Sports Academy’s Board of Trustees met on 9 November to approve nominees for the institution’s 2018 Awards of Sport program, it chose one of its own for an honorary doctorate. Each year as part of its Awards of Sport program, the Academy presents two honorary doctorates – one national and one international. Recipients are presented with a hood, citation, plaque, medallion and transcript signifying their honorary degree. The honorary doctorate is…

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Former Elite Chinese Athletes Graduate from Academy’s International Diploma in Sports Coaching Program

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A group of former Chinese Olympians and elite athletes recently graduated from the United States Sports Academy’s International Diploma in Sports Coaching (IDSC) program, which prepares students for careers in coaching in their country. The students visited the Academy campus for six weeks to be trained for careers in coaching as their competitive careers in China have come to a close. The group was selected to study at the Academy as part of an educational…

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Painter Graig Kreindler, Sculptor Lou Cella Presented Academy’s Sport Artist of the Year Awards

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Painter Graig Kreindler and sculptor Lou Cella were presented the United States Sports Academy’s 2018 Sport Artist of the Year awards during a public art show and a “Tribute to the Artist and the Athlete” at the Academy. Kreindler, of Bronxville, N.Y., was presented the honor by Academy Art Committee chair Nancy Raia during the event celebration on the Academy campus in Daphne, Ala. Kreindler unveiled a piece “Putt Putt,” depicting Richie Ashburn of the…

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Steve Pearce and Brigid Kosgei

Steve Pearce, Brigid Kosgei Named United States Sports Academy October Athletes of the Month

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American baseball player Steve Pearce and Kenyan runner Brigid Kosgei have been named the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for October. Boston’s Pearce was named World Series MVP after hitting two home runs as the Red Sox topped the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in the deciding game of the MLB championship series on 29 October 2018. Pearce also had two homers in Boston’s 9-6 win in Game 4. He…

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