DAPHNE, Ala. – Students from Murphy High School recently visited the United States Sports Academy campus to learn about careers in sport, sports education and to tour the Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA).
The students are part of Murphy’s international baccalaureate program, and most of them had taken the high school’s kinesiology and sports medicine courses. The group toured ASAMA, then visited the Academy’s Human Performance Laboratory, where faculty members Dr. Brandon Spradley, director of sports management, and Dr. Vincent Ramsey, chair of sports exercise science, and doctoral teaching assistant Jason Williams demonstrated the use of the institution’s advanced sports science equipment.
The students also participated in a question and answer session with Dr. Stephen Butler, dean of academic affairs; Dr. Vincent Nix, dean of student services; Dr. Fred Cromartie, director of doctoral studies; Spradley; Ramsey; Dr. Rodney Blackman, chair of recreation management; and doctoral teaching assistant Sara Weber. The session centered on how the faculty members became involved in the sports profession and what the students can do to prepare themselves for a career in the field. They also discussed trends in the sports profession like analytics, social media and NCAA compliance, where students may find opportunities when they attend college.
The students also heard a presentation from financial aid and graduate admissions counselor Robin Stephens, who told the students about the Academy’s enrollment process.
Today we got to see a lot of amazing sport art, and we learned some of the history behind what’s happened in sports here in the United States and around the world,” Murphy student Paul Lockett said. “Not only that, but we actually got to meet and speak to some of the faculty members who are here at the Academy. It was great to hear from them about careers in the sport profession that we can pursue in the future.”
“I had a great time, the faculty members really helped me to understand what careers are available in sports,” Murphy student Ryan Langhinrichsen-Rohling said. “They showed me what my college path would look like to pursue a sports career. That helped me personally because I am interested in a sports career in analytics, which they also talked about a lot today.”
Founded in 1984, ASAMA is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of more than 1,800 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints and photographs. The museum is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. For more information, go to www.asama.org.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, 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.
The Academy is based in Daphne, Ala. For more information, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.