United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich has been appointed to serve on the Youth, Education and Culture Commission of the Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs (FICTS), an international organization which promotes the universal idea of culture through sport.
Officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FICTS promotes and spreads the development of Olympic values and the culture of sport through film and television. Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Milan, Italy, FICTS has 116 member countries. The mission of the FICTS Youth, Education and Culture Commission is to follow the IOC’s guidelines in spreading Olympic values such as ethics, respect, peace and fair play to young people around the world. FICTS is chaired by Professor Franco Ascani, a member of the IOC Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission.
“When one considers the role of television in extending the reach of sports beyond the stadium, this appointment is both significant and indeed an honor”, said Rosandich. “I’ve been well aware of the outstanding work of FICTS in promoting the positive values of sport through popular media for many years now and I’m looking forward to contributing to this effort though this participating in this Committee.”
The FICTS Youth, Education and Culture Commission counts 11 members and includes other friends of the Academy including the institution’s 2016 Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award winner Donna de Varona and 2002 Sport Artist of the Year Mina Papatheodorou-Valyraki.
The commission is engaged in spreading among the young Olympic values such as ethics, respect, peace and fair-play. The commission collaborates with the International Academy for Culture Through Sport (IACUS) Study Center, which supervises the collection action on a daily basis, with numerical, economic, social and promotional analysis.
The Academy has long celebrated the intersection of art, sport and culture through its American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA), which is home to more than 1,800 works of sport art across a variety of media including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints and photographs. Founded in 1984, ASAMA is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history, and literature. The museum is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. For more information, go to www.asama.org.