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USSA President Addresses 40th Anniversary FICTS General Assembly in Italy

2022-09-27T10:25:25-05:00September 27th, 2022|

United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich addressed the 40th anniversary General Assembly of the Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs (FICTS) in Treviso, Italy, in September. A member of the FICTS Youth, Education and Culture Commission, Rosandich spoke about his efforts to bring the 2023 FICTS conference to Fort Meyers, Fla., in 2023 - a return to the United States for the first time since 2015. The President has worked Academy Trustee Emeritus, 1995 Sport Artist of the Year, World Olympian Foundation President and Fort Meyers Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Liston Bochette III to lay the groundwork for that city hosting the event. Officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FICTS promotes and spreads the development of Olympic values and the culture of sport through film [...]

Student of the Month: Brian Bell

2022-09-23T15:03:25-05:00September 23rd, 2022|

Brian Bell of Nashville, Tenn., is the United States Sports Academy’s latest Student of the Month. Bell, a Master of Sports Science degree student, is an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the NFL's Tennessee Titans.   https://youtu.be/ERpBLNGPNyw

Constitution Day 2022

2022-09-14T15:45:52-05:00September 14th, 2022|

The United States Sports Academy is celebrating Constitution Day 2022 by making available a free online course on the United States Constitution.The course is available is available here.Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. It is normally observed on 17 September, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia, Pa. This year’s celebration is on Friday, 16 September 2022.The Academy’s free online Constitution Course is designed to help students better understand and appreciate the Constitution and its role in America’s success as a nation.

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LaDeane Hansten Takes Over as Director of Athletics at Santa Barbara City College

2022-09-13T09:08:14-05:00September 13th, 2022|

United States Sports Academy alumna LaDeane Hansten was recently hired as the director of athletics at Santa Barbara (Calif.) City College. Hansten holds an Academy Master of Sports Science degree in sports management, which she earned while working full time in the sport profession while raising a family at home. The Academy’s online courses are available and convenient for those working in the field. “Having the flexibility to pursue my masters online was paramount to my ability to apply for positions in higher education,” Hansten said. “We were living in a rural area and had two young boys who were seven and three when I started at USSA. I did most of my coursework from 9 p.m. to midnight and being home eliminated the need to travel an hour away [...]

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Alumnus Dr. Dexter Davis Earns Promotion, Outstanding Teacher Award at UT Martin

2022-09-13T08:33:02-05:00September 13th, 2022|

United States Sports Academy alumnus Dr. Dexter Davis earned an Outstanding Teacher Award and a promotion within the faculty ranks at the University of Tennessee-Martin this summer. Davis holds a Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy. In addition to his work at UT-Martin, Davis is also a member of the Academy’s non-resident faculty teaching sports management courses. Currently the sport business program coordinator, Davis was promoted to full professor status this summer. Davis was one of two UT-Martin faculty members recognized by the University of Tennessee Alumni Association with their annual Outstanding Teacher Award. Recipients of the Outstanding Teacher Award are nominated by students, faculty and alumni based on classroom performance, scholarship and service. The award has been presented since 1966 to faculty members from all [...]

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Thai Sports Administrator Dr. Gongsak Yodmani Earns Academy’s International Honorary Doctorate

2022-08-23T13:46:02-05:00August 23rd, 2022|

Thai sports administrator and longtime political advisor Dr. Gongsak Yodmani has earned the United States Sports Academy’s 2022 International Honorary Doctorate Award. Yodmani is the current Governor of the Sport Authority of Thailand (SAT), with whom the Academy just completed its longstanding Sports Study Tour program. Each year as part of its Awards of Sport program, the Academy presents its International Honorary Doctorate to a person who has made outstanding contributions to sport and to society. Yodmani will visit the United States to accept his Honorary Doctorate on the Academy campus at the Awards of Sport event on Thursday, 10 November, 2022. Prior to his service to the SAT, Yodmani worked as the CEO of Supongsa Co., Ltd. He also worked as an advisor to the Governor of Bangkok M.R. [...]

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Athletics Stars Mondo Duplantis and Sydney McLaughlin Named Academy July Athletes of the Month

2022-08-23T10:41:28-05:00August 23rd, 2022|

Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis and American hurdler Sydney McLaughlin set world records in their events at the World Athletics Championships in July and were named the United States Sports Academy’s Athletes of the Month. Duplantis set a world record in the pole vault with a height of 6.21 meters in the event at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Ore., on 24 July 2022. It was the first world championship title for Duplantis, the reigning Olympic champion in pole vault. McLaughlin broke her own world record with a time of 50.68 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Ore., on 22 July 2022. McLaughlin has now lowered the record four times since June 2021. The second place finisher on the men’s side was American [...]

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USSA Promotes Pair of Faculty Members to New Dean Positions

2022-08-23T10:33:44-05:00August 23rd, 2022|

In a move that will streamline delivery and management of the United States Sports Academy’s online sport education degree programs, the institution named a pair of longtime faculty members as deans of its new departments of undergraduate and graduate studies. Dr. Brandon Spradley was promoted to the role of Dean of Graduate Studies, while Dr. Vandy Pacetti-Donelson was promoted to the role of Dean of Undergraduate Studies, effective at the beginning of the 2022-2023 academic year on 1 September. Spradley previously served the Academy as its chair of sports management and associate professor. Spradley previously served as the Director of Continuing Education working on international programs and special projects. He has been involved in the successful development and implementation of sport education programs across the world. He is a member [...]

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Academy Won’t Raise Tuition for Third Consecutive Academic Year

2022-08-23T08:35:49-05:00August 23rd, 2022|

In a move recognizing the profound nature of the global economic disruption brought forth by the continued hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturns, the United States Sports Academy will not raise tuition for its undergraduate and graduate degree programs for the third consecutive academic year. The institution also is continuing to waive application fees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree levels. Please contact the Academy’s admissions team at 1-800-223-2668 or email admissions@ussa.edu for registration information. Find out more about the Academy’s tuition here. The Academy’s degree programs feature a competitive and reasonable tuition rate. Unlike most schools that have fees for virtually every service imaginable, the Academy has only the one tuition cost for each course – what you see is what you get. Financial Aid [...]

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Vote Now for Athlete of the Month for July

2022-08-11T11:13:32-05:00August 11th, 2022|

DAPHNE, Ala. – Athletes representing eight countries make up the United States Sports Academy’s July Athlete of the Month ballot, which is online now for voting at the Academy’s website, https://ussa.edu/aom/aom-ballot/. Voting will continue until 5 p.m. Central time on Thursday, 18 August 2022. Male nominees are Mondo Duplantis, athletics, Sweden; Aaron Judge, baseball, United States; Victor Kiplangat, marathon, Uganda; Noah Lyles, athletics, United States; Michael Norman, athletics, United States; and Cameron Smith, golf, Australia. Female nominees are Tobi Amusan, athletics, Nigeria; Brooke Henderson, golf, Canada; Sydney McLaughlin, athletics, United States; Felicia Stancil, BMX, United States; Annemiek van Vleuten, cycling, the Netherlands; and Johana Viveros Mondragon, inline speed skating, Colombia. Each month, the public is invited to participate in the Academy’s worldwide Athlete of the Month program by nominating athletes [...]

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Academy’s Longtime Study Tour Program with Sports Authority of Thailand Resumes 

2022-07-27T13:25:16-05:00July 27th, 2022|

The United States Sports Academy welcomed 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. Thai students visited the World Games 2022 in Birmingham, Ala., and sports sites like Mercedes Benz Stadium, took in an Atlanta United soccer match, visited Bobby Jones Golf Course, and other sites in Atlanta, Ga. They also took part in sport education seminars directed by Academy faculty. Sports education cooperation between the Academy and Thailand goes back to the 1980s and the Academy and the SAT have a Memorandum of Understanding to work together in sports education and training. The Academy traditionally [...]

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Tennis Star Rafael Nadal, Softball MVP Jocelyn Alo Named USSA June Athletes of the Month

2022-07-25T09:30:38-05:00July 25th, 2022|

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal and University of Oklahoma softball slugger Joceyn Alo impressed on the biggest stages in their sports in June and were named the United States Sports Academy’s Athletes of the Month. Nadal won his 14th Roland Garros title and 22nd Grand Slam trophy after defeating Norway’s Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in the championship round in Paris on 5 June 2022. He has now won two more Grand Slams than rival greats Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Alo earned Women’s College World Series MVP honors after finishing 12-for-18 with five home runs and 13 RBIs as the Sooners defeated Texas for the NCAA college softball championship in June. She also contributed four home runs and 10 RBIs in the NCAA regional and super regional rounds as [...]

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