Thai students, along with leaders from the Sports Authority of Thailand, are pictured with Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich during a visit to the institution’s campus in Daphne, Ala. The United States Sports Academy’s longstanding certification program to provide advanced sport education to students in Thailand continued recently as three groups of Thai students visited the institution’s campus in Daphne, Ala. The post-secondary, non-degree programs in Bangkok are designed to prepare people in Thailand for careers in coaching and related athletic professions. The International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program includes a wide range of coaching and related administrative skills, while the International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) program includes management topics such as sports event planning, marketing and public relations, and facilities. In addition, students [...]
The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of longtime administrator and friend Dr. Nabil Elattar, who passed away recently at age 84. Elattar played a significant role in the marketing and program administration of the Academy’s sport education programs in the Middle East. Elattar worked for the institution in an administrative role in Saudi Arabia for more than a decade playing an important role in client relations and public relations. Elattar also worked throughout the Arabian Gulf region and with his knowledge of Arabian culture, played an important role in implementing the Academy’s sports and physical fitness programs in the countries in which the Academy worked. Elattar will be fondly remembered and missed by everyone at the Academy.
Pictured are Proftraining Finland’s Atte Varsta (front) with International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) students and Varala Sports Institute Director Juha Antikainen, right. Students and Academy faculty are also pictured participating via an online teleconference. The Finnish Varala Sports Institute and Proftraining Finland recently launched the United States Sports Academy’s International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) in Finland to help students in that country train for careers as sport professionals. Coursework for the ICSM is offered in English, online, under the guidance of Academy instructors. At the end of the coursework, a symposium will be held in Finland. As with all Academy programs, students will be able to study while continuing to work full-time in their profession. Academy Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlström said the [...]
Academy Training Strength and Conditioning Professionals for Master’s Degree Program and Certification Exams
The United States Sports Academy is taking strides to provide a training program to prepare strength and conditioning professionals for the preeminent certification exam in their field. The Academy is working to develop a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) approved preparation program to help strength and conditioning professionals as they take their Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam - the preeminent certification of its kind, but the average pass rate for it is 56 percent, with international candidates passing at significantly lower rates. Academy chair of sports exercise science Dr. Brian Wallace has been working to develop the 10-module program – a combination of lectures, quizzes, guided discussions, practice exams, reviews and practical, hands-on experience. The program will culminate with the student’s ability to pass the Academy’s Sport [...]
History’s most decorated gymnast and one of the world’s fastest men have been named the United States Sports Academy’s male and female Athletes of the Month for August. American gymnast Simone Biles was named the Academy’s female Athlete of the Month after winning her sixth United States all-around title and earned three gold medals and a bronze medal at the U.S. National Gymnastics Championships in August 2019. She also became the first woman to successfully complete a triple twisting double somersault on the floor exercise and a double twisting double somersault dismount off the balance beam. American sprinter Noah Lyles won the men’s Athlete of the Month honor after he broke a meet record in the 200-meter race at the IAAF Diamond League final in Paris on 24 August 2019. [...]
With the President of Guinea H.E. Dr. Alpha Condé looking on, Guinea Foreign Minister H.E. Mamadi Touré, left, and United States Sports Academy President Dr. T.J. Rosandich signed a Protocol of Cooperation to aid in sports development in the west African nation. The United States Sports Academy will work with the west African nation of Guinea to help strengthen the national sports effort there after the two signed a Protocol for Cooperation during a recent meeting. The President of Guinea H.E. Dr. Alpha Condé is leading a delegation to the United States from that country ahead of the upcoming meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, which will open on Tuesday, 17 September 2019 in New York. While visiting the United States, President Condé and his retinue met [...]
Completing a doctoral dissertation can be a daunting task for even the most accomplished students. The United States Sports Academy is committed to student success in all aspects of their graduate work, with a focus on academic and professional skill building, intellectual engagement, and an understanding of the graduate school experience. Because of its commitment to student success, the Academy is offering its doctoral candidates the inaugural Dissertation Writing Intensive Workshop, hosted by the Robert Block Library on 13-15 November, 2019, on the institution’s campus in Daphne, Ala. The seminar is open to students at any stage of their dissertation preparations. The Dissertation Writing Intensive Workshop will be delivered collaboratively by full time faculty and staff. There will be classroom based activities about writing, researching, formatting, the IRB process, and [...]
The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for August and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates from seven countries comprise the list. Everyone is encouraged to cast a vote on the Academy’s website at www.ussa.edu. Voting will continue until 5 p.m. Central time on Thursday, 12 September 2019. Male nominees are Aristides Aquino, baseball, Dominican Republic; Jordan Burroughs, wrestling, United States; Noah Lyles, track and field, United States; Rory McIlroy, golf, Northern Ireland; Anderson Peters, track and field, Grenada; and Teemu Pukki, football (soccer), Finland. Female nominees are Dina Averina, rhythmic gymnastics, Russia; Simone Biles, artistic gymnastics, United States; Madison Keys, tennis, United States; Alysa Liu, figure skating, United States; and Hinako Shibuno, golf, Japan. Each month, the [...]
Eisenhower Memorial in Washington D.C. to Feature Sculptures by Academy 2004 Sport Artist of the Year Sergey Eylanbekov
The masterworks of sculptor Sergey Eylanbekov for the Gen. Dwight David Eisenhower Memorial are another step closer to completion with the announcement of the official dedication ceremony to be held on 8 May 2020 – the 75th anniversary of VE Day – on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Architect Frank Gehry’s design for the Eisenhower Memorial was developed in collaboration with a creative team of artists and engineers. The Eisenhower Memorial Commission, created by Congress, is overseeing creation of the project. Eylanbekov, the United States Sports Academy’s 2004 Sport Artist of the Year, was selected to design the sculptures that will commemorate Eisenhower as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in World War II and as 34th President of the United States. His sculptures will be placed at [...]
The Academy presented an overview of its unique sports education degree programs to its on-campus and non-resident instructors during the institution’s 2019 Faculty Summit. Above, members of the Academy on campus faculty discuss their respective degree programs with non-resident faculty, who participated in the summit via phone conference call. At right, Academy President Dr. T.J. Rosandich addresses the institution’s faculty during the summit.
The United States Sports Academy recently welcomed to campus a pair of Brazilian entrepreneurs for discussions on how the institution can aid in the growth of sport in Latin America. Sylvio Maia and Werner Fomin, the owners of Winner’s Sports Entertainment, were on campus to sign a protocol for cooperation with the Academy in an effort to boost the development of sports professionals in Brazil. From left are Sylvio Maia and Werner Fomin, Academy President Dr. T.J. Rosandich, Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom, and Executive Director of the Center for Professional Studies and Continuing Education Dr. Carlos Aquino. Maia has more than 25 years working as a sports education teacher and coordinator in various educational institutions in Brazil. He was the Marketing Director of the [...]
Dr. Milly Cowles The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of former trustee Dr. Milly Cowles, a longtime leader in education and one of the founders of Head Start programs in the United States. Cowles, born in Ramer, Ala., in 1932, passed away on 7 August 2019. She served on the Academy’s Board of Trustees between 2003 and 2016. Cowles graduated from Troy University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and taught for seven years in Montgomery public schools. After receiving her Ph.D. at the University of Alabama in 1962, she began a long career as a professor at Rutgers University, The University of Georgia, The University of South Carolina, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where she was the first woman Dean [...]