The United States Sports Academy has awarded its Distinguished Service Award to His Excellency Sam Kahamba Kutesa.
Kutesa was elected President of the United Nations General Assembly’s sixty-ninth session in June 2014. At the time of his election, he was serving as Uganda’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, a post he held since 2005.
A lawyer, parliamentarian and businessman, Mr. Kutesa has a wide range of experience in international affairs. During his tenure as Foreign Minister, Uganda hosted high-level meetings of key intergovernmental bodies such as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in 2007, the Council of Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in 2008, and the African Union (AU) Heads of State Summit in 2010.
Kutesa’s contribution to the world of sport comes from the U.N.’s program of “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDG), which he spearheaded. The SDG’s were an outcome of the Rio+20 Conference and focus on goals which will assist all relevant stakeholders in developing comprehensive programs for their advancement. Sport and sport activities are a fundamental element of the SDG’s.
In its statement of purpose, the members declared that they wanted to establish an “inclusive and transparent intergovernmental process open to all stakeholders, with a view to developing global sustainable development goals to be agreed by the General Assembly”, and sport plays a vital role in that process.
“We are pleased to honor Mr. Kutesa with our Distinguished Service Award due to his outstanding work with the Sustainable Developmental Goals using sport as a fundamental vehicle in attaining them,” said Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, President and CEO of the United States Sports Academy.
The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport program which honors the artist and the athlete. It is given annually to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to national or international sports through instruction, research or service.
To be eligible to receive the DSA, the honoree must have made a significant contribution to the profession of sports. They typically have made an impact on the profession through instruction, research or service to sports.
Instruction means that the individual must have been engaged in the act or process of imparting or acquiring knowledge in the area of sports on two continents.
Research means that the individual must have been engaged in the organized and systematic inquiry of investigation into sports to discover or revise facts, theories or publications in the discipline spanning two or more continents.
Service means that the individual must have been engaged in the organized and systematic supply of sports required by the public on two or more continents for more than 20 years.
Clearly Mr. Kutesa satisfies all of the criteria.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.