The United States Sports Academy is strengthening its position in the world of higher education with recent outreach to the South American nation of Colombia.
Academy vice president of academic affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom recently visited Bogota, Colombia, and met government and higher education officials there for talks regarding the institution’s post-secondary, non-degree international sport education programs.
During his visit Wahlstrom met Fulbright Colombia executive director Adriana Gaviria and Escuela Colombiana Rehabilitacion rector Goe Rojas. There, Wahlstrom discussed the Academy’s various offerings including its new Maternity Wellness Program and its international certification programs in sports coaching and sports management.
Wahlstrom also met with staff at the United States Embassy in Colombia to discuss the need to promote sports tourism in the country. He also met with Congressman Mauricio Peroni and Victor Malagon from the Colombia Ministry of Sports to discuss ways the Academy can aid in the development of the sports industry there.
“This collaboration is a paradigm shift to the Academy in many ways and a significant opportunity to start offering our programs in Latin America,” Wahlstrom said. “The individuals I met in Bogota are serious about working with us and expanding sports education in Colombia. We have great synergies and together we can help a lot of coaches and trainers.”
In addition, Wahlstrom held meetings with the American Chamber of Commerce in Colombia and the Colombian Association of Education Institutions (ACIET) there.
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 https://ussa.edu/international/.