DAPHNE, Ala. — The United States Sports Academy’s partnership with Malaysia to enhance the quality of physical education teaching and sport coaching there has again paid dividends with the recent awarding of diplomas to 880 teachers and coaches who have completed rigorous training to improve their professional skills.

The latest graduates of the International Diploma in Physical Education and Sport Coaching (IDPESC) program were honored by H.E. Mahdzir Khalid, Malaysia’s Minister of Education. The program is part of a partnership between the Academy and the Malaysian government to improve physical education and scholastic sports for the nation’s children by providing more physical education and sports training to tens of thousands of the nation’s physical education teachers and coaches, who oversee the students’ development in sports.

The ceremony was held 3 December 2015 in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. The latest group of graduates, the third since the program began in 2012, brings the total number to 2,200. These graduates in turn improve the lives of tens of thousands of students under their influence.

The Academy’s sports education program for Malaysia, approved by the Malaysian Ministry of Education, is but one part of Malaysia’s strategy to enhance its physical education programs as the country of nearly 29 million people continues to look for ways to develop its next generation of athletes. The Academy has worked in various partnerships with the country since the early 1980s.

The Academy’s programs are designed to help individuals develop a strong foundation of skills and knowledge required to succeed in coaching, physical education, management, fitness and other sport-related disciplines. The Academy’s 10-course diploma program is approved by the Malaysian Qualifications Authority (MQA), a national accrediting body.

Under the IDPESC program, the Academy’s faculty provide extensive classroom instruction at numerous sites throughout the country, followed by a year of experiential mentorship for participants. Teachers apply what they learn in the coursework during the mentorship phase of the program. For example, the program has led to the successful physical fitness testing of more than 200,000 Malaysian youth to provide information for the creation of national health and fitness policy.

The Academy, based in Daphne, Ala., has long been known for the reach and breadth of its international programs spanning more than 66 nations and a quarter million people over the past 40 years. The services offered to sport organizations and educational institutions of all types by the Academy have varied in scope from the full-charge conduct of national sport programs to clinics, seminars, and symposia. The institution, known as “America’s Sports University,” is the largest graduate school of sport education in the world.

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