Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich, left, and 2009 Sport Artist of the Year Bruce Larsen show Larsen’s latest piece, a dancer, which will be presented to First Lady Rosmah of Malaysia during a dinner honoring the First Lady and Prime Minister Najib on Friday, 16 April 2010.

The United States Sports Academy joins the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) in hosting a special dinner for The Honorable Dato Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, and the First Lady of Malaysia, Her Excellency Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor. The dinner will take place on Friday, 16 April 2010, at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City.

First Lady Rosmah will receive the inaugural International Peace and Harmony Award in cooperation with the Academy and the BCIU. Representing the BCIU will be former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger. The Academy will be represented by Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich at the presentation.

Russian-American sculptor Sergey Eylanbekov, the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2004 Sport Artist of the Year, designed the piece that will be presented to First Lady Rosmah for the Peace and Harmony Award.

The Academy’s relationship with Malaysia dates back to 1958 when the Academy’s President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich served as the national track and field coach for the country in the third Asian Games in Tokyo. During that event the foundation was laid for the Southeast Asian Games that today brings together the countries in that part of the world for sports competition.

Relations between the Academy and Malaysia have continued over the last 50 years. The Academy is currently helping Malaysia develop their International Sports Academy, as well as a second academy to serve the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which includes founding members Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma, Laos and Brunei.

Prime Minister Najib is in the United States to attend the Nuclear Security Summit, where he met with President Barack Obama during meetings earlier this week. The Academy presented Najib with an Honorary Doctorate in 1991 when he was Malaysia’s Minister of Youth and Sports.

Dr. Rosandich will present to Prime Minister Najib a painting of the 12th hole at Augusta National, the most famous hole on the course that hosts the Masters. The painting was done by 1985 Sport Artist of the Year Donald Moss, a Marine who landed on the island of Guadalcanal whose art career dates back to his service days. As a Marine Corporal, Moss received an award in Guam’s Art Exhibition for his work, “Marine Still Life.”

Bruce Larsen, the Found Object artist from Fairhope and 2009 Sport Artist of the Year, has designed a piece, a dancer, to be presented to First Lady Rosmah, who is an accomplished vocalist in Malaysia.