The City of Daphne recognized the United States Sports Academy’s campus with its quarterly Beautification Award “for excellence in beautifying the city.”

The university campus, which faces U.S. Highway 98, was chosen by the city’s Beautification Committee because of its new “Mr. Baseball” sculpture by Fairhope, Ala., artist Bruce Larsen that was unveiled in April for the Academy’s 40th anniversary and the planting of a new lush green lawn in the front of the main building among other reasons.

“This is such a beautiful campus,” said Daphne City Councilman Ron Scott, who awarded a framed certificate to Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich in honor of the monthly award.

Rebecca Trosclair, Beautification Committee co-chairwoman, added: “We appreciate the many things you do to maintain such a beautiful campus. It’s gorgeous on the outside and just as pretty on the inside of the school.”

Larsen, the Academy’s 2009 Sport Artist of the Year, used old heating pipes from the Academy in constructing “Mr. Baseball,” which is in a classic pose of a home run slugger. Already in the Sport Sculpture Park on the campus are other pieces Larsen fashioned from scrap metal, hubcaps, tractor gears, hydraulic cylinders and an assortment of other junk, including “Borzov the Sprinter,” “Arnold the Weightlifter,” “Jordan the Basketball Player,” “Nastia the Gymnast,” and the “Iron Bowl Monument.”

The City of Daphne Beautification Committee recognized the Academy's campus with an award July 18. Pictured from left to right are: Marilyn O'Connor, Rebecca Trosclair, Beautification Committee co-chairwoman, City Councilman on Scott, Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, Bea Wilson, Beautification Committee co-chairwoman, and Elaine Maxime.