Academy Invites Public to Attend 30th Annual Awards of Sport Program

By November 5, 2014News & Events

United States Sports Academy President and CEO, Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, proudly announces the 30th Annual Awards of Sport Program celebrating more than 40 years of excellence in sport education.

The program, which pays tribute to “the Artist and the Athlete,” honors many of the world’s top athletes and sport professionals who have made significant contributions to sport. The event, which is open free to the public, will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, 2014, on the Academy’s campus located at One Academy Drive in Daphne, Ala.

Chosen by the Academy’s Art Committee in August of this year, the 2014 Sport Artist of the Year (Sculptor), Gail Folwell, and the 2014 Sport Artist of the Year (Painter), Miriam Cabello, will be honored with the prestigious Order of the Eagle Exemplar and Rosette, along with the Awards of Sport plaque, during this event. In addition, the Academy will recognize Dr. Bonnie Tiell as the recipient of the 2014 Alumna of the Year Award.

The Sport Artist of the Year Award is presented to an individual who captures the spirit and life of sport so that future generations can relive the drama of today’s competition. The recipient may use a variety of art media including film, video or sculpture to depict the breadth and scope of both the agony and the ecstasy of sport.

Folwell, a current resident of Boulder, Colo., uses her appreciation of sports and anatomy to sculpt various athletes. Throughout her art, she expresses the energy of the athletes and their sport with abstracted figurative forms frozen in mid-motion.

Cabello is an award-winning artist who was recognized by the National Art Museum of Sport in Indianapolis, Ind. Her “White Rope” series was exhibited at the DUMBO Arts Festival in Brooklyn, N.Y., featuring Aboriginal boxing legends. In addition, Cabello was one of 25 international artists chosen to participate in the “Run with the Fire, London 2012 Olympics” arts project in 2011.

The 2013 Sport Artists of the Year were Australian painter, Charles Billich, and the American sculptor, Edward Eyth.

Dr. Tiell is the Dean of Graduate Studies at Tiffin University (Ohio). She coordinates the Olympic Academic Experience and is co-chair of the NCAA Women’s Leadership Symposium.

As director of the Olympic Academic Experience, she has collaborated with members of the World Olympian Association and the International Olympic Committee for programming in London, England; Beijing, China; and Athens, Greece. She is currently organizing a session focusing on humanitarian relationships with underprivileged youth in the host Olympic city of Rio de’ Janeiro, Brazil for 2016.

The 2013 Alumnus of the Year Award was given to Greg McDermott, the head men’s basketball coach at Creighton University.

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