The faculty and staff of the United States Sports Academy celebrated Olympic Day on June 23, 2015. Olympic Day is a worldwide annual celebration in recognition of the Modern Olympic Games. The Academy and the American Sport Art Museum and Archives offered an open house featuring the Academy’s Olympic Art – a diverse, one-of-a-kind collection and a reception which included former 1996 USA Team Handball Olympian, Mr. Darrick Heath.

During the open house, the public was invited to view the Gallery, Library, and many collections including an outdoor Sport Sculpture Park that features many pieces created by Bruce Larsen, a sculptor from Fairhope. Many of these found-object sculptures are named for great gold medalist Olympians, including sprinter Valeriy Borzov, gymnast Nastia Liukin, and basketball great Michael Jordan.

Around the world, more than 160 countries take part in the annual celebration. Olympic Day, created in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the Modern Olympic Games, focuses on the Olympic values and ideals such as fair play, perseverance, respect, and sportsmanship. In the U.S., Olympic Day events range from small gatherings to large, city-wide events.

A group of photos from the event can be found here

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