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

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 [...]

Academy 2004 Alumnus of the Year Dennis Lindsey Promoted to Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for Utah Jazz

2019-06-11T14:45:08-05:00June 11th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy’s 2004 Alumnus of the Year Dennis Lindsey was recently promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations for the NBA’s Utah Jazz franchise. Lindsey previously served as the team’s general manager since 2012. He earned his Master of Sport Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 1994. In his new role Lindsey will oversee the Jazz basketball operations staff and develop and maintain the organization’s long-term strategic vision. Lindsey has served as the Utah Jazz general manager for the past seven years, assembling teams that have reached the NBA Playoffs for the last three years and advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals in 2017 and 2018. Lindsey finished as the runner-up in the voting for the 2018 NBA Executive of the Year. His [...]

Academy Alumna Dr. Angel Mejico Named California Teacher of the Year

2019-06-11T13:57:31-05:00June 11th, 2019|

When Dr. Angel Mejico graduated from her United States Sports Academy doctoral degree program, one of her instructors gave her a piece of advice that has stuck with her ever since. “He told me, ‘take everything you learned here and go do something great with it,’” Mejico said, and she did just that. While working as a visual arts teacher at El Cerrito Middle School in California’s Corona-Norco Unified School District, Mejico founded an art academy and annual art expo which has gained notoriety around the state. Because of her efforts in the classroom and school district, Mejico was named one of California’s five Teachers of the Year in 2019. Mejico earned her Doctor of Education degree in sports management with a sports leadership emphasis from the Academy in 2016. [...]

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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Academy Graduate Dusty Gunn Reaches Goal of Becoming an Athletic Director

2019-05-14T13:13:54-05:00May 13th, 2019|

When Dusty Gunn started his master’s degree program at the United States Sports Academy, he always had the goal of becoming an athletic director at a prestigious institution in the back of his mind. Now, after spending time as a coach, teacher, healthcare administrator and non-profit director, Gunn has been hired as the Director of Athletics at Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga, Tenn. The school has an extensive and notable history, having first opened in 1876 and being recognized as the first school in the Chattanooga area to be racially integrated in 1954. Gunn earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the Academy in 2008. “When I started my master’s program at the Academy, this was always the goal,” Gunn said. “I knew that one [...]

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Entrepreneur Cindy Hodo Uses Academy Degree in Career in Health and Wellness Coaching

2019-05-14T13:13:21-05:00May 13th, 2019|

Entrepreneur and health coach Cindy Hodo said her master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy has been beneficial to her career along every step of the way. Hodo is the owner and founding partner of Quest Group, a boutique advertising agency and health and wellness coaching business based in Birmingham, Ala. She earned her Master of Sports Science degree in sports management in 1989 while she worked in marketing for the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. “The people at the Senior Bowl encouraged me to pursue a master’s degree at the Academy and I was able to do that while still working full time,” Hodo said. “Getting my master’s degree from the Academy was hugely beneficial to my career then, and it still resonates today.” After earning her master’s [...]

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