United States Sports Academy National Faculty member Ms. Dede Piankova, President and Founder of American Community Team Sports (ACTS) the last 14 years, should have one busy, extended weekend April 23-26 while situated along the white sands of Gulf Shores, Ala. Indeed, the eventful vacation spot for most will turn into a vocational paradise for her as she runs the American Open Beach Handball Championship (AOBHC) and conducts a beach handball master’s course for coaches, referees and delegates.

[Above action featured is from the International Handball Federation World Games in Cali, Colombia last year.]

The organizer and manager of the tournament, held for the first time last year at the “Small Town, Big Beach,” Piankova has been a driving force in pushing awareness of the sport and getting people involved. That may help to explain her all-encompassing duties next month, when she will keep the AOBHC moving along smoothly when she isn’t giving instruction on classroom theory and practical application on the beach before presenting students the opportunity to test. Those who qualify will be presented with certifications from the Academy.

The Hangout will serve as the host location, providing both the classrooms for Piankova to teach and the three playing courts for competition stationed on the public beach. Teams from Dubai, Holland, Florida, Dallas, Chicago and New York City, not to mention local outfits from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, are expected to participate.

Piankova serves as an International Handball Federation (IHF) official, having worked the World Games in Cali, Colombia, and the World Championships in Brazil in the last year. IHF is expected to supply all the teaching materials for Piankova next month, as well as lecturers, including Chairman of the Pan Am Beach Handball Working Group Lupe Filipe, to share their knowledge and experience with those attending classes, which will start April 23 at 7:30 p.m. and finish April 26 at 9 a.m. with tests and certifications.

The handball tournament will begin Friday and feature divisions for men, women and youths. CBS will broadcast an hour of finals’ coverage. Teams must register by April 15.

For more details, contact info@aobhc.org, or call Ms. Piankova at 707-295-7191.

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. For more information about the Academy visit www.ussa.edu.