Softball Advocate Don Porter Details His Sport’s Relationship with the Olympics in New Book

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Don Porter has spent most of his adult life diligently promoting softball around the world and was an instrumental part of the movement to provide the sport’s players the opportunity to play on the world’s biggest stage as part of the Olympic program. Porter now is sharing stories from his 30 year quest to internationalize the sport in a new book, “Inclusion/Exclusion: Softball’s Olympic Odyssey.” Porter, who has served on the United States Sports Academy’s…

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Coordinator of Student Information Systems

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The UNITED STATES SPORTS ACADEMY, “America’s Sports University,” is seeking a Coordinator of Student Information Systems (SIS). The successful candidate will meet each of the following qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in computer science or programming, or an equivalent combination of experience and education A minimum of two years’ experience in relevant database development and/or maintenance Proficient in the use of PARADOX, Microsoft SQL, and Crystal Reports, along with other relational database software packages An in-depth knowledge…

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Artist Rick Rush Presents Original NASCAR Painting to United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives

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DAPHNE, Ala. – World renowned sports painter Rick Rush said his 2008 painting, “Finishing Strong,” was created to capture a significant event in the history of auto racing: the changing of the guard from the days of Dale Earnhardt Sr. to today’s Jimmie Johnson-dominated NASCAR landscape. The artist – known worldwide for his colorful paintings that depict a variety of sports – recently presented the original work to the United States Sports Academy’s American Sport…

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Clemson’s Championship Win Over Alabama Voted Academy’s 2016 College Football Game of the Year

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The Clemson University Tigers have been selected for the United States Sports Academy’s 2016 College Football Game of the Year Award after their thrilling last-second victory over the unbeaten and number one Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in the College Football Playoff National Championship on 9 January 2017. The Tigers were led by a stellar performance from heralded junior quarterback Deshaun Watson, whose championship-winning touchdown pass in the final seconds is widely considered…

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Academy Alumnus Brion Packett Named Assistant Principal and Athletic Director in South Carolina

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United States Sports Academy alumnus Brion Packett was recently named as the first Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at the new Philip Simmons High School in Wando, S.C., which is scheduled to open in August. Packett earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching from the Academy in 2011 after earning his bachelor’s degree from The Citadel in 2007. “My Academy education helped me attain my dream job of Assistant Principal and Athletic…

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Publisher Reports Delay in Distribution of Academy Alumni Directory

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The United States Sports Academy has been advised of a delay in the delivery of the new Academy alumni directory due to a change in ownership of the company publishing the directory. A representative for the new owner, Publishing Concepts Inc. (PCI), said the company is currently contacting all buyers of the book regarding the delay and now anticipates delivery in late March 2017.  PCI has purchased Harris Connect Inc., which was originally scheduled to…

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The Academy Recognizes Summer 2016 Honor Roll Students

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United States Sports Academy students who excelled during the summer 2016 semester were honored by being included on the President’s List and Dean’s List. Those on the President’s List had a great point average of 4.0. Undergraduates on the Dean’s List had a grade point average of 3.4-3.99, while graduate students on the Dean’s List had a grade point average of 3.8-3.99. Doctoral President’s List: Cathari Bening Stadler – Sacramento, Calif. – Sports Management, Sports Leadership…

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Jamie Kootz

Academy Education Helps Doctoral Graduate Jamie Kootz Fulfill Dream of College Teaching

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Dr. Jamie Kootz says her dream of becoming a teacher of health and fitness at the college level is being fulfilled thanks to her education at the United States Sports Academy. In fact Kootz, who earned her Master of Sports Science degree in sports health and fitness in 2010 and her Doctor of Education degree in sports management in 2016, is currently teaching at two universities in Kansas: Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina and MidAmerica…

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Congratulations To Our Recent Graduates

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Doctoral Graduates Dr. Jamie Rae Kootz (Salina, Kan.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Health and Fitness, Sports Leadership emphasis, With Honors Master’s Graduates Stefania N. Anchorena (Plantation, Fla.) – M.S.S. Sports Management, M.S.S. Sports Medicine Katie D. Haisten (Childersburg, Ala.) – M.S.S. Sports Management, Sports Psychology emphasis Benjamin G. Parks (Marietta, Ga.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies Dawn L. Place (Lincolnville, Maine) – M.S.S. Sports Management Wilhelm Trouillot (Petion-Ville, Haiti) – M.S.S. Sports Studies Bachelor’s Graduates…

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Donna de Varona Wins Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award from the United States Sports Academy

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Donna de Varona – an Olympic swimmer, Emmy-winning television sportscaster and tireless advocate for women in sports – has been named the winner of the United States Sports Academy’s 2016 Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award. The Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award is presented to an individual in any amateur or professional sport, past or present, who has excelled as a contributor to both sport and society over at least a decade. De…

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Voting Open for United States Sports Academy’s 2016 Male and Female Athlete of the Year Award

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Public voting is now open for the United States Sports Academy’s coveted 2016 Athlete of the Year Award, a part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport program that annually recognizes the top male and female athletes in the world. The ballot, now available for online voting, is the culmination of the Academy’s yearlong selection process through which outstanding accomplishments of men and women in sports from around the globe are recognized. Everyone…

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NFL Playoff Preview

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Sports fans, mark your calendar to tune in live at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday for the next edition of the United States Sports Academy’s Sports Talk program. This week, Sports Talk moderator Dr. Stephen Butler will discuss the upcoming NFL Playoffs, joined by Dr. Bret Simmermacher, Academy chair of sports coaching, and Ben Billman, graduate teaching assistant. You can view the live stream or view the program afterwards at the Academy’s YouTube site…

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