The United States Sports Academy is continuing its longstanding international certification program in Thailand with a handful of instructors teaching the institution’s post-secondary, non-degree programs in that country this summer.

This is the 14th consecutive year that the Academy has taught its international certification program to provide advanced sport education to prepare students in Thailand for careers in sport. The Academy teaches the International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program in Thailand, which includes a wide range of coaching and related administrative skills, and the International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM), a program that includes management topics such as sports event planning, marketing and public relations, and facilities.

In June, the Academy has sent instructors Dr. Mike Hahesy, Dr. Dave Shrock, and Dr. Christopher Rampacek to Bangkok on teaching assignments. Hahesy taught sports strength and conditioning, Shrock taught sports facilities management, and Rampacek taught elite sports development to students there.

Each year under the program approximately 100 students are drawn from the SAT and its affiliated sport organizations around the country to attend the certification programs — typically 50 for each certification. Following the conclusion of the classroom portion of the program in Bangkok, which is provided by Academy instructors, the SAT selects the best students from each program for a special study tour of sport in America.

Sport education cooperation between the Academy and Thailand goes back to the 1980s and the Academy and the SAT have a Memorandum of Understanding to work together in sports education and training through 2020.