Want to learn more about the man many historians refer to as one of the least known greatest sports figures in history?

In honor of his 150th birthday, the United States Sports Academy is offering an online course celebrating the life and works of Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the Modern Olympics. The Frenchman lived from 1863 to 1937.

A sculpture of Pierre de Coubertin, the Father of the Modern Olympic Games in 1896 in Athens.

This 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. Norbert Mueller, who heads the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee and is a professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. However, the book is not required for this course.

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.

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich worked closely on the course with Dr. Mueller. Both sit on the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Commission for Culture and Olympic Education, which advises the IOC on the promotion of culture and Olympic education and supports the IOC programs and activities related to the education of youth through sport.

“The Olympic Movement started by Coubertin has brought our nations together peacefully like no other movement in our history and it is something worth celebrating around the globe,” Dr. Rosandich says.

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.

Says Coubertin about the Olympics, which helps to illustrate the underlying theme of the Academy’s course: “Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of a good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.”

For more information about the Academy’s online course honoring Coubertin, visit the Academy’s websiteRegister 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.