The United States Sports Academy recently welcomed to campus a pair of Brazilian entrepreneurs for discussions on how the institution can aid in the growth of sport in Latin America.

Sylvio Maia and Werner Fomin, the owners of Winner’s Sports Entertainment, were on campus to sign a protocol for cooperation with the Academy in an effort to boost the development of sports professionals in Brazil.

Fomin and Maia visit group

From left are Sylvio Maia and Werner Fomin, Academy President Dr. T.J. Rosandich, Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom, and Executive Director of the Center for Professional Studies and Continuing Education Dr. Carlos Aquino.

Maia has more than 25 years working as a sports education teacher and coordinator in various educational institutions in Brazil. He was the Marketing Director of the Atlanta Silverbacks FC of the North American Soccer League and the creator and coordinator of the MBA in Sports Management program at IBMEC Business School in Brazil.

Fomin is a businessman and soccer agent in the United States and a managing partner of WFP Law and Associates, where he specializes in immigration law. He served as the head of the legal department for the Atlanta Silverbacks FC organization.

Currently both Maia and Fomin are managing partners at LSA Pro, a newly created club that played its first season in the United Professional Soccer League (UPSL). The main focus of the UPSL is to attract investors and help players to reach a higher level such as the United Soccer League (USL).

Since its founding nearly a half-century ago, the Academy has leveraged its role and resources as a special mission sports university to make a global impact through quality sport instruction, research and service programs in 67 countries around the world. These contributions have varied in scope from the full-charge conduct of a nation’s entire national sport effort to individual coaching clinics, seminars, and symposia. For more about the Academy’s international programs, go to