United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich supported doing more to educate the world about Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the Modern Olympics, at the recent International Olympic Committee (IOC) Culture and Olympic Education Commission meetings in Lausanne, Switzerland.
During the celebration this year of the 150th birthday of Coubertin, Dr. Rosandich called for the 35-member IOC commission to distribute the Pierre de Coubertin book, “Olympism,” written by Dr. Norbert Mueller, a fellow commission member, to the 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) throughout the world.
He also offered to provide the Academy’s online course on Coubertin free to one candidate from each NOC.
“It is time that the world gets to know the real Founder of the Modern Olympic Games and his major contributions to the world of sport development,” said Dr. Rosandich, who has served on the IOC commission since its inception in 1999. “Coubertin has an enormous credential, and yet he is the most unknown leader of sport development in the history of sport.”
The Culture and Olympic Education Commission meetings held June 29 to July 1, included a ceremony honoring Coubertin at his gravesite at the IOC headquarters.
Dr. Rosandich has been involved in the Olympic movement for more than 50 years, leading six national track and field teams as head coach to the Summer Olympics during his career. He received the IOC’s highest award – the Olympic Order – in 1997. It is “bestowed upon persons who have illustrated the Olympic ideal through his action, has achieved remarkable merit in the sporting world, or has rendered outstanding services to the Olympic cause.” He received the highest honor given by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in 2000, when he was awarded the USOC’s President’s Medal.
The Commission for Culture and Olympic Education advises the IOC on the promotion of culture and Olympic education and supports IOC programs and activities related to the education of youth through sport. Its role is to advise the IOC Executive Board on what policies the IOC and Olympic Movement should adopt in terms of the promotion of culture and Olympic education.
The Academy is offering an online course celebrating the life and works of Coubertin, who lived from 1863 to 1937. The graduate-level course is being offered this year only for $150 as a continuing education course—“Olympism” (CEB 667). It includes a special rate of $50 on the “Olympism” book about Coubertin by Dr. Mueller, who heads the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee and is a professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz.
The Academy’s newest online continuing education course explores Coubertin’s philosophy and values that he instilled into the Olympic Movement and provides historical perspective on the early Games, which began in 1896 with the first Modern Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Today, the Academy is one of few universities in the United States that offers courses on Olympism. It worked with the IOC to first offer courses on Olympism more than 10 years ago. The course on Coubertin is paired with four other courses focused on the Olympic Movement, as part of an emphasis on Olympism that students can take at the Academy at the master’s and doctoral levels.
For more information about the Academy’s online course honoring Coubertin, visit the Academy’s website. Register online now at the Academy’s continuing education site or call 800-223-2668, extension 7162 for more information. In addition, read more about Coubertin in a Q&A with Dr. Mueller in The Sport Digest.