Academy Signs Protocol for Cooperation with Brazilian Sports Company

2019-08-21T14:35:04-05:00August 21st, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy recently welcomed to campus a pair of Brazilian entrepreneurs for discussions on how the institution can aid in the growth of sport in Latin America. Sylvio Maia and Werner Fomin, the owners of Winner’s Sports Entertainment, were on campus to sign a protocol for cooperation with the Academy in an effort to boost the development of sports professionals in Brazil. From left are Sylvio Maia and Werner Fomin, Academy President Dr. T.J. Rosandich, Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom, and Executive Director of the Center for Professional Studies and Continuing Education Dr. Carlos Aquino. Maia has more than 25 years working as a sports education teacher and coordinator in various educational institutions in Brazil. He was the Marketing Director of the [...]

Academy Mourns Loss of Longtime Trustee, Education Leader Dr. Milly Cowles

2019-08-20T08:59:46-05:00August 20th, 2019|

Dr. Milly Cowles The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of former trustee Dr. Milly Cowles, a longtime leader in education and one of the founders of Head Start programs in the United States. Cowles, born in Ramer, Ala., in 1932, passed away on 7 August 2019. She served on the Academy’s Board of Trustees between 2003 and 2016. Cowles graduated from Troy University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and taught for seven years in Montgomery public schools. After receiving her Ph.D. at the University of Alabama in 1962, she began a long career as a professor at Rutgers University, The University of Georgia, The University of South Carolina, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where she was the first woman Dean [...]

Academy Receives Isaiah J. Whitley MCTS Legacy of Excellence Awards

2019-08-19T16:54:39-05:00August 19th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy was recognized for its rich history of partnership with the Mobile County Training School (MCTS) at the Legacy Luncheon at the Robert Hope Community Center in Plateau, Ala. Academy President Dr. T.J. Rosandich and Chair of Sports Management Dr. Brandon Spradley accepted Isaiah J. Whitley MCTS Legacy of Excellence awards from MCTS Alumni Association President Anderson Flen. The award is named in recognition of the former MCTS principal Isaiah J. Whitley, whose efforts led to the school’s ability to secure monetary aid from the state of Alabama. Whitley served as the principal there from 1910 until his death in 1923. The Academy has a history of partnership and engagement with MCTS. Former MCTS Alumni Association president the late William Clark served on the Academy’s Board [...]

Djokovic, Halep Named United States Sports Academy July Athletes of the Month

2019-08-16T11:53:38-05:00August 16th, 2019|

After winning the prestigious Wimbledon tennis championship in London, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Romania’s Simona Halep have been named the United States Sports Academy’s male and female Athletes of the Month for July. Djokovic won his fifth career Wimbledon title in an epic 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 13-12 (7-3) battle against longtime rival Roger Federer of Switzerland. It was the first time a tiebreaker round was used to determine the Wimbledon winner. Djokovic has won 16 Grand Slam titles. Halep captured her second Grand Slam title with a 6-2, 6-2 win against American Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final. She became the first Romanian to win a Wimbledon singles title. The second place finisher on the men’s side was American swimmer Caeleb Dressel and third place went to [...]

American Sport Art Museum & Archives Receives Unique Collection of Tennis Magazines and Books

2019-08-19T11:44:16-05:00August 16th, 2019|

Academy Library Director Dr. Vandy Pacetti-Donelson inspects the tennis magazine collection that was recently donated to the American Sport Art Museum & Archives. The owners of an antique store in Ohio recently donated a unique collection of tennis magazines and books to the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) on the campus of the United States Sports Academy. Priscilla and Greg Wilt of Sidney, Ohio, donated the collection of tennis magazines dating from 1974 through 2018 to ASAMA. The collection is not sequential, but instead the pieces follow the athletic careers of tennis stars through years of magazine feature photos and articles. Some of the all-time tennis greats are featured, including Andre Agassi, Bjorn Borg, Steffi Graf, Venus Williams, Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova and others. The [...]

Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2019-08-13T11:49:34-05:00August 13th, 2019|

The Academy congratulates the following graduates who completed their degrees this month. Master’s Graduates John Adamek (Moonachie, N.J.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies, with Highest Honors Sharon B. Mosley (Mobile, Ala.) – M.S.S. Sports Management, with Honors Matthew James Summer (Keaau, Hawaii) – M.S.S. dual degree Sports Coaching and Sports Studies, Sports Psychology emphasis, with Honors Adrienne Wilson (Pensacola, Fla.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies, with Honors

Ray Canady Jr. Uses Academy Master’s Degree to Earn High School Athletics Administration Position

2019-08-13T11:47:55-05:00August 13th, 2019|

Veteran educator, administrator, coach and United States Sports Academy alumnus Ray Canady Jr. has been named the athletic director at Irmo High School in Columbia, S.C. Canady earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 2004. He had served as the assistant athletic director at Irmo High School since 2017 and has worked as a social studies teacher there since 1994. He has also coached varsity baseball, junior varsity football and varsity football quarterbacks in his time at Irmo. “Irmo is home to me, and I’m so proud to serve in the role of athletic director,” said Canady. “With a new head football coach and years of athletic excellence to build on, it’s a great time to be a yellow jacket. We’re excited to [...]

Sports Coaching Degree Alumnus Anthony Anderson Joins UTEP Women’s Basketball Staff

2019-08-13T11:46:42-05:00August 13th, 2019|

Anthony Anderson continues to rise up through the ranks of collegiate basketball coaching with the help of his master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy. Anderson was recently named assistant head coach and director of player development for the women’s basketball program at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports coaching with an emphasis in NCAA compliance in 2013. “Anthony has worked very hard in his career to recruit and coach his way up the ladder,” UTEP head women’s basketball coach Kevin Baker said. “He is becoming known as one of the best and brightest young coaches in the country. Anthony is a relentless recruiter and has a proven track record of signing high quality players. He will be [...]

Academy Alumnus Dr. John Lesaine Honored by South Carolina Black Pages

2019-08-13T11:44:24-05:00August 13th, 2019|

United States Sports Academy doctoral program alumnus Dr. John Lesaine has made his mark in the classroom and on the basketball court and is now being recognized for helping others in his home state of South Carolina. Lesaine was named as one of the Top 20 Under 40 by the South Carolina Black Pages, a business directory and reference guide. The honor is given each year to 20 men and women under age 40 who have achieved personal and professional success, have a record of community service and have given back to others through their time, talents, and donations. Lesaine is the assistant dean for student success and persistence at Newberry College in Newberry, S.C. He earned his Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management from the Academy in 2015. [...]

Student Work Judged by Academy Art Committee and Sport Artist of the Year Steven Lester

2019-08-09T08:02:25-05:00August 9th, 2019|

After being inspired by the renowned sport art collection at the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) on the campus of the United States Sports Academy, a handful of students from the Mobile, Ala., area created some award winning sport art of their own. The students – from the Rotary Youth Club, St. Paul’s Academy, and the National Charity League – created art inspired by their recent ASAMA visit. The art was displayed at the Eastern Shore Art Center (ESAC) in Fairhope at First Friday Art Walk to be judged by members of the Academy’s prestigious Art Committee. The Academy’s 2019 Sport Artist of the Year Steven Lester looks at sport art produced by local students with Academy Art Committee chair Nancy Raia and member Susan McCullough. [...]

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

2019-08-08T17:01:28-05:00August 8th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for July 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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Academy Set to Teach International Sports Education Programs in the Philippines

2019-08-07T14:32:13-05:00August 2nd, 2019|

The Philippines Sports Commission (PSC) is preparing to receive the first of the United States Sports Academy’s faculty being sent to teach the first module of its International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) program in Pasig City starting 19 August. The Philippines Sports Commission (PSC) signed a Protocol for Cooperation with the Academy in 2017 that started the planning process for the sport education programs to be taught by the Academy here. This event also marks the return of the institution’s international programs in the country since the Academy first taught certification programs here in the early 1980s. “I was among the Academy faculty tapped to teach our international certification programs in sports management and sports coaching in the island nation in the early 1980s, so to return is particularly [...]

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