DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy recently sent several of its instructors to teach in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Thailand as part of the institution’s mission to expand sport education opportunities around the world.
Academy instructors Dr. Bonnie Tiell, Dr. Christopher Rampacek, Dr. Marc Margolies, Dr. Phillip Capps and Charles Temple taught abroad as part of the Academy’s partnerships with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) and the United Arab Emirates Football Association (UAEFA). In addition, Dr. Tim Dornemann and Anthony Castelon will teach for the Academy in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Academy’s longtime relationship with Thailand continues as the Academy conducts its International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) and International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) programs in Bangkok, programs that have been in place for more than a decade. The ICSC program includes a wide range of coaching and related administrative skills, while the ICSM program includes management topics such as sports event planning, marketing and public relations, and facilities.
Approximately 50 students annually are drawn from the SAT and its affiliated sport organizations around the country to attend each of the certification programs, with a total of 100 students involved each year. Following the conclusion of the classroom portion of the program, which is provided by Academy instructors, the SAT selects the best students from each program for a special study tour of sport in America. A delegation of approximately 15 students and administrators from the SAT takes part in an educational tour of various sports organizations and venues for two weeks from coast to coast in the United States, including a visit to the Academy.
Coursework for 2017 began in January and runs through June, followed by the sports study tour in September. The Academy and the SAT have a Memorandum of Understanding to extend cooperation in sports education and training through 2020.
The Academy also continues to play a key role in the enhancement of football (soccer) in the United Arab Emirates under a cooperative effort to train football administrators through a Football Club Operators License Program with the UAEFA.
The collaboration has led to the development of the Football Association Academy for Sports Management (FAASM), known as the Football Association Academy (FAA). This effort includes football certification programs that offer professional preparation and training designed to meet the needs of coaches, athletes, administrators and operatives at all levels in the UAE football club system. The FAA began offering classes in February 2016.
The Academy is providing the faculty and instruction for the program. The curriculum includes subjects such as sports administration, sports marketing, sports media, and facility and event management. Each subject has three levels of instruction through which successful students receive in succession a “C”, “B” and “A” level license. The ultimate objective of the program is to enhance football in the UAE by improving the quality of the sport’s management.
Here’s an overview of recent Academy instructor activity around the word:
- Dr. Bonnie Tiell of Tiffin, Ohio, taught in the Academy’s ICSM program in Bangkok in February. “The hospitality and support from the Sports Authority of Thailand and the division of Tourism were the primary reasons I wouldn’t hesitate to return to Bangkok either on a work assignment or simply to visit the beautiful country for a vacation or holiday,” Tiell said. “I was impressed with the quality of the participants pursuing the international certificate in sport administration. Students represented all facets of sport and military ranging from the ice hockey association of Thailand to the Royal Aeronautics Association to the Royal Thai Air force.”
- Charles Temple of Wilmore, Ky., taught a sports administration course from 5-16 March 2017, to UAEFA students. “Regardless of cultural differences, sport is a common language and interest around the world,” Temple said. “The students that I had the privilege to work with in Dubai love their country and love their sport. What better combination can there be for developing a classroom of learning? I had 15 students in my class that were passionately interested in improving their sport administration skills and knowledge, so that they can help their football clubs be more efficient.”
- Dr. Christopher Rampacek of Houston, Texas, taught sports coaching to students from the SAT in Bangkok. He also has experienced teaching for the Academy in Malaysia and Thailand. “I enjoy the people I teach so much,” Rampacek said. “I have created lifelong friends through the opportunities afforded me by the Academy. I will be forever grateful for the experiences.”
- Dr. Marc Margolies of Aberdeen, S.D., taught the Academy’s sports facilities and events management course from 19-30 March 2017, to UAEFA students. Margolies will soon travel to Thailand, where he will teach sports facilities management to students at the SAT. He has also served the Academy in Malaysia, where he taught facility planning and event management. “The teaching opportunities that the Academy provided me in Malaysia, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates benefited me immensely as both a teacher and as a person,” Margolies said. “Having unbelievable opportunities to discover different cultures and share how sports are organized and prioritized in these countries has helped expand the knowledge and understanding that I bring to all the classrooms abroad as well as back in South Dakota.”
- Dr. Phillip Capps of Macon, Ga., recently taught for the Academy in Malaysia and Thailand. He also taught sports administration for the Academy in the United Arab Emirates to students at UAEFA. Capps has served in various college campus student life, sports and recreational positions throughout his career. “Serving on the National Faculty for the Academy has been very inspiring,” Capps said. “Each international assignment has provided a completely different experience.”
- Dr. Timothy Dornemann will teach sports strength and conditioning for the Academy in Bangkok in May. Dornemann is an assistant professor of exercise science and director of sports performance at Barton College in Wilson, N.C. Since 2010, Dornemann has served as a member of the Academy’s National Faculty, where he has taught sport courses in both Thailand and Malaysia.
- Anthony Castelon of Springfield, Ill., is teaching sports performance enhancement for the Academy in Bangkok from 24-28 April 2017. In 2012, Castelon was part of the Academy’s pilot program to train 1,000 of Malaysia’s physical education teachers as part of an agreement with the Malaysia Ministry of Education.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.