The United States Sports Academy kicked off its International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) and International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) programs done in conjunction with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT).

For more than three decades, the Academy has provided programs in sport education to students throughout the nation to help them earn careers in the sport profession. It has a long-standing relationship with the SAT, which plays a vital role in the development of sports in Thailand.

Sports Authority of Thailand officials and students on a ski slope at the U.S. Olympic Park in Salt Lake City, Utah, last year.

The Academy currently sends instructors to Thailand to teach certification courses related to sports management and sports coaching as part of a yearlong six-part series. Annually, the programs enroll a select group of about 40 SAT students.

Academy instructors Dr. Dale Reeves and Dr. Tim DeVinney taught the first two courses in Bangkok, Thailand in January. Reeves taught a course in Sports Coaching Methodology, and DeVinney taught a course in Olympic Culture and Education. In February, Dr. Pete Mathiesen and Tim Dornemann are slated to teach courses in Sports Administration and Ethics in Sports.

“We truly treasure our relationship with Thailand,” says Betsy Smith, the Academy’s Director of Continuing Education and Special Projects, who oversees the SAT programs. “We are pleased to be teaching in Thailand again this year.”

The Academy, also known as “America’s Sports University,” has worked with 65 countries around the globe and it possesses the largest graduate school of sport education in the world.

Once the Thailand students earn their certifications, the Academy leads Thailand sports officials and students from SAT on a tour of American sports programs. Smith has led the tour the past seven years and says the Thais enjoy studying American sports.

Last year, the group’s study tour began in San Francisco with a Major League Baseball game between the Giants and Colorado Rockies. Among other things, the tour included stops at Stanford University to study its athletic facilities and programs, the United States winter Olympic facilities near Salt Lake City, Utah, Disney’s All Star Sports Resort in Orlando, Fla., and the IMG sports academies in Bradenton, Fla.

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