DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy President Dr. T.J. Rosandich recently made a successful goodwill visit to China that included the Academy facilitating international soccer matches there and participating in a summit on enhancing sport relations between the U.S. and China.
“It is truly gratifying to be invited to participate in a strategic dialogue on school sport between the two major sport powers of the world, the United States and China,” Rosandich said.
“This is reflective of the fact that the United States Sports Academy is known around the world as America’s Sports University.”
Rosandich was an invited panelist at the Federation of University Sports of China (FUSC) U.S. Strategic Dialogue on Student Sports, which was part of the 7th Annual U.S.-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange. Held 7 June 2016, the dialogue was created to provide opportunities for collaboration among leaders in the U.S. and China to enhance sports relationships between the countries. A particular focus was to allow China to learn more about university intercollegiate sports in the United States, as China is interested in further developing sport at the university level.
Rosandich was a panelist at the event where he provided perspective on how media networks of all types can be used to raise the visibility and popularity of university sport in China. Speakers at the event also included U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong, as well as numerous leading officials on sport from both countries.
In addition to serving as a panelist, Rosandich played a vital role in one of the highlights of the conference week. He was able to successfully facilitate a visit to China by the Duke University women’s soccer team, which played exhibition games with China’s Beijing Normal University. The games were widely enjoyed by conference participants and provided an unforgettable experience to the American and Chinese college athletes to experience international competition.
“The United States Sports Academy is one of our most important partners in the U.S.A.,” said Shen Zhen, FUSC senior vice president for international cooperation and exchanges.
“The event was successful and our relationship is definitely enhanced.”
The FUSC is China’s national organization for university sports and works to popularize and support college sports, as well as create opportunity for national and international athletic competition and exchanges for China’s student-athletes.
The Academy has a long history of international sport education going back more than 40 years and involving more than 65 nations around the world.
Based in Daphne, Ala., 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.