The United States Sports Academy is set to host its 28th annual Academy’s Awards of Sport celebration, which annually pays tribute to those who have made significant contributions to sport.

This prestigious Awards of Sport event, whose theme is “The Artist & the Athlete,” is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Academy’s Daphne, Ala., campus located at One Academy Drive.

The late United States President Ronald Reagan (left) and Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (center) present the media award to sportscaster Al Michaels (right) in 1988.

The 2012 awards show, which marks the university’s 40th anniversary of excellence in sport education, recognizes many of the world’s top athletes, coaches and administrators from the 2012 London Olympic Games. Also in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the landmark Title IX legislation that ushered in a new era of gender equity in college athletics, the Awards of Sport honors several women pioneers in the sport world. (Click here to see a complete list of the Academy’s 2012 Awards of Sport honorees.)

This year’s show features the Academy’s 2013 Sport Artists of the Year: Primo Angeli and Martin Linson. Primo Angeli is a world-renowned artist who the late International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Juan Antonio Samaranch personally selected to create the official poster to commemorate the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games. Martin Linson is the IOC’s 2012 London Olympics Sport and Art Contest winner in the sculpture category with his bronze, “Omnipotent Triumph,” that pays tribute to the Paralympic athlete. He is the second American sculptor in the past three Olympiads to win the international art competition.

The Academy presents awards each year to honor exemplary achievement in coaching, all-around athletic performance, courage, humanitarian activity, fitness and media, sports art, as well as the top professional athletes of the year. The Academy recognizes these men and women through its Sport Artist of the Year, Honorary Doctorates, Distinguished Service Awards, Medallion Series, Athletes of the Year, and Alumni of the Year awards.

Honorees may be nominated by any of the Academy’s worldwide constituents. This assemblage includes administration, alumni, faculty, national faculty, staff, students and members of various organizations and boards that work closely with the Academy on this special project. Following the nomination process, honorees are selected by the Awards of Sport Committee, a special group within the Academy that is comprised of the Academy President’s Cabinet and other staff members with a vested interest and an extensive knowledge of sports and the arts.

Every honoree chosen by the Awards of Sport Committee is presented to the Academy’s Board of Trustees. All honoree selections are subject to a vote and must be formally approved and ratified by this group. Award recipients are traditionally presented with the Academy’s Order of the Eagle Exemplar Medal and Academy Rosette. For more background on the Academy’s Awards of Sport and a list of past winners, click here.

Please, join us for the Awards of Sport celebration at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the United States Sports Academy, located at One Academy Drive in Daphne, Ala. Wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. RSVP today by calling (251) 626-3303 or by emailing