Eastern Shore Chamber Unveils Jubilee Festival Artwork in Event at United States Sports Academy

2020-07-02T19:04:48-05:00July 2nd, 2020|

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce unveiled the featured poster art for the upcoming 32nd Annual Jubilee Festival of Art at the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) on the campus of the United States Sports Academy. The painting, “Jubilant Crabs,” produced by local artist Ricky Trione, depicts crabs congregating during a jubilee on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. A jubilee is a natural phenomenon that occurs sporadically on Mobile Bay on Alabama’s Gulf Coast in which many species of crab and shrimp and other bay life leave deeper waters and swarm in high numbers in a shallow coastal area of the bay. The events draw large crowds seeking an abundance of easy-to-catch seafood. Cindy Zebryk was the winner of the door prize at the Eastern Shore [...]

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

2020-07-01T15:43:16-05:00July 1st, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy is pleased to announce the return of its online Athlete of the Month ballot for the month of June, featuring 12 candidates from seven countries who made an impact in their return to sport after a hiatus due to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone is encouraged to cast a vote on the Academy’s website at Voting will continue until 5 p.m. Central time on Thursday, 9 July 2020. Male nominees are Crispin Duenas, archery, Canada; Denny Hamlin, auto racing, United States; Jakob Ingebrigsten, athletics, Norway; Dustin Johnson, golf, United States; Park Kun-woo, baseball, South Korea; and Karsten Warholm, athletics, Norway. Female nominees are Ashley Hatch, football (soccer), United States; Therese Johaug, athletics, Norway; Annimari Korte, athletics, Finland; Emily Pedersen, golf, Denmark; [...]

Academy Faculty Member Jillian Rosandich to Participate in “Sports, Society, and Culture” International Symposium

2020-06-23T08:51:31-05:00June 23rd, 2020|

Jillian Rosandich United States Sports Academy sport management faculty member Jillian Rosandich has been accepted to attend and participate in the International Symposium “Sports, Society, and Culture” in December 2020. The symposium is co-sponsored by Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C. and the International Olympic Academy (IOA), with support from Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece. The symposium brings together students and faculty from universities around the world for a scholarly exchange of ideas on sports, society, and politics. The event will be held online this year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to lectures, the symposium places emphasis on the blended learning approach. Students will have access to a list of core readings in advance of the symposium. Presentations will be followed [...]

Sport-Related Concussion Presentations by Academy Faculty Available Online through ACSM Virtual Conference

2020-06-23T08:43:50-05:00June 23rd, 2020|

Dr. Brandon Spradley The poster presentations tackling sport-related concussion issues crafted by a pair of United States Sports Academy faculty members were featured by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) at its recent virtual conference. Chair of Sports Management Dr. Brandon Spradley and exercise science faculty member Robert Herron had three abstracts accepted as poster presentations at the ACSM conference, which was held online instead of in person due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The presentations cover issues related to use of the King-Devick concussion test on high school athletes. Spradley is the lead author of the presentation titled “Between-Trial Reliability of the King-Devick Test in Female High School Athletes,” while Herron is the lead author of “Between-Trial Reliability of the King-Devick Test in Male High School [...]

Academy Endorses Revised Sport Coaching Standards Set Forth by SHAPE America and USCCE

2020-06-23T08:33:05-05:00June 23rd, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy has endorsed the newly revised National Standards for Sports Coaches (NSSC) set forth by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) and promoted by the United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE). The 3rd edition of the NSSC is scheduled to be published in book form later this summer. The new SHAPE America standards include 42 standards such as athlete-centered coaching philosophy, long-term athlete development, unified vision in strategic planning, alignment with rules and regulations and needs of the community, and management of resources in a responsible manner. The new NSSC are organized into the seven core responsibilities of sports coaches which closely align with both the International Sports Coaching Framework and the Quality Coaching framework from the United States Olympic Committee. The [...]

Concern for Students Means Academy Won’t Raise Tuition for 2020-2021 Academic Year

2020-06-23T08:26:01-05:00June 23rd, 2020|

In a move recognizing the profound nature of the global economic disruption brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Sports Academy will not raise tuition for its bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree programs for the 2020-2021 academic year. The institution has also waived the $50 application fee for its Bachelor of Sports Science degree programs through 31 August 2020 as the nation tries to recover from the economic impact of social distancing and business shutdowns across the United States due to the pandemic. Please contact the Academy’s admissions team at 1-800-223-2668 or email for registration information. Find out more about the Academy’s tuition here: The Academy’s degree programs feature a low and reasonable tuition rate, and the institution also pays for students textbooks and examination proctoring [...]

Nominate Your June Athletes of the Month!

2020-06-23T08:10:54-05:00June 23rd, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy is pleased to announce that after a two-month hiatus due to the impact of COVID-19 on global sport, the institution’s monthly online Athlete of the Month ballot will return next week. The Academy is now soliciting nominations for your favorite athletes from the month of June. The Academy’s Athlete of the Month Committee – comprised of esteemed members of the Academy faculty and staff – will meet in early July to select six male and six female athletes from all over the world for the ballot, which will then be posted on the Academy’s website beginning Thursday, 3 July. The online ballot is one of the many fun things we do here at the Academy. Our Athlete of the Month Committee goes to great lengths [...]

Academy Mourns Loss of Influential Softball Leader Don Porter

2020-06-10T09:04:03-05:00June 10th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy family is mourning the loss of longtime leading international softball official Don Porter, a former member of the institution’s Board of Visitors and a one-time member of its national faculty. Porter passed away on Sunday, 7 June 2020, in his hometown of Oklahoma City, Okla., at the age of 90. Porter served in the Army during the Korean War (1951-52) and was awarded the Korean War Medal in 2001 by the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Korea. Porter served as the president of the International Softball Federation (ISF) for 26 years and played a crucial role in softball’s inclusion in the Olympics. Porter helped to establish the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) in 2013 with current WBSC president Riccardo Fraccari. In 2017, Porter [...]

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Academy’s Dr. Roch King Elected to US Center for Coaching Excellence Board of Directors

2020-06-02T14:25:30-05:00June 2nd, 2020|

Dr. Roch King United States Sports Academy chair of sports coaching Dr. Roch King was recently elected to the board of directors of the United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE). King will serve as the USCCE board secretary, a voting position which handles communications channels for the organization. The USCCE serves as a link between the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and coaching educators in the United States. The Academy is an organizational member of both the USCCE and the ICCE. “This is an important time for the field of coaching around the world, and it is equally important for the growth and evolution of the USCCE as it strives to grow the ranks of quality coaches in the United States,” King said. “No matter where you [...]

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Academy 2009 Sport Artist of the Year Kadir Nelson Paints “After the Storm” for COVID-19 Relief Efforts

2020-05-26T11:07:45-05:00May 26th, 2020|

American painter Kadir Nelson is recognized around the world as an artist with a passion for history and a special genius for telling history’s edifying tales through his works. The United States Sports Academy’s 2009 Sport Artist of the Year, Nelson has been hard at work during the COVID-19 pandemic, trying to capture on canvas the strength of the human spirit. His new painting “After the Storm” is a triumphant celebration of humanity, determination, faith, and solidarity depicting a diverse group of people standing together in the face of the pandemic. The figures in the painting are seen gazing past heavy storm clouds as they collectively heal, gather strength, and move toward the promise of a brighter and stronger future. "I think one of the things that we're probably missing, [...]

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Who Should Be the Next Athlete of the Month?

2020-05-26T10:32:56-05:00May 26th, 2020|

As those of you who follow the United States Sports Academy’s monthly online Athlete of the Month ballot are aware, mass sports cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic caused the institution to suspend its ballot for the first time in the program’s history. The Athlete of the Month ballot is one of the many fun things we do here at the Academy. Our Athlete of the Month Committee goes to great lengths to produce a monthly ballot that features six males and six females who represent sport at its highest levels from around the world. That ballot is then released to our email distribution lists numbering more than 15,000 names and attracting votes from every corner of the globe. Even though the sports world has been at a standstill because [...]

International eSports Leader Vlad Marinescu Earns Honorary Doctorate from the Academy

2020-05-21T09:10:03-05:00May 21st, 2020|

Vlad Marinescu Because of his career of dedication to global sport and his leadership in the growth of eSports in the United States and around the world, Vlad Marinescu has been named the recipient of the United States Sports Academy’s 2020 Honorary Doctorate. Each year as part of its Awards of Sport program, the Academy presents the award to a person who has made outstanding contributions to sport and to society. Marinescu is the President of both the International Esports Federation (IESF) and the United States eSports Federation. He also serves as the chief media and marketing officer for the International Judo Federation. Marinescu will receive the Academy’s Honorary Doctorate at the institution's combined graduation and Awards of Sport program on its campus in Daphne, Ala., on Thursday, [...]

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