Academy 2005 Sport Artist of the Year Daniel Moore Recognized as Distinguished Sportsman

2019-01-22T10:08:37+00:00January 22nd, 2019|

Daniel Moore United States Sports Academy honoree Daniel A. Moore has added another honor to his already impressive list of accomplishments after having been named one of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame’s 2019 Distinguished Sportsmen.   Moore will be recognized with the honor during the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame’s banquet in Birmingham in April. Moore is renowned for his photo-realistic paintings that depict pivotal moments in sports history. He has been widely recognized for his paintings that depict memorable moments in college football, many of which are on public display at the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) on the Academy campus. Moore was named the Academy’s 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, becoming the first Alabamian to win the prestigious, international art honor. The artist played [...]

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Academy Continues Adaptive Sport Training Program in Bahrain

2019-01-18T15:58:47+00:00January 21st, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy in 2019 is continuing its program to train physical education teachers and coaches in the Kingdom of Bahrain to better meet the needs of athletes with adaptive needs. Academy National Faculty member Marty Floyd recently traveled to the island nation in the Middle East for the third time for an extensive teaching stint for a post-secondary, non-degree certificate program in disabled and adaptive sport for the Bahrain Sports Federation for Disabilities (BSFD). This is Floyd’s third visit to Bahrain to teach this program for the Academy since last year. The Adaptive Sports program is a unique course of advanced study designed for coaches and physical education teachers who have or want to have experience working with athletes with varying degrees of adaptive needs. The program has [...]

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International Ski Federation President Gian Franco Kasper Earns Academy’s 2018 Eagle Award

2019-01-18T14:10:35+00:00January 21st, 2019|

After he played a key role in the success of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, International Ski Federation (FIS) President Gian Franco Kasper has been named the winner of the United States Sports Academy’s 2018 Eagle Award, the institution’s highest international honor. The Eagle Award is presented annually to a world leader in sport to recognize that individual’s contributions in promoting international harmony, peace, and goodwill through the effective use of sport. The recipient of this award must have tempered strength with keen judgment in using authority wisely as a means of bringing nations together through sport for the betterment of mankind. Kasper is a Swiss ski official who has been president of the International Ski Federation (FIS) since 1998 and is the current president of the Association [...]

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Congratulations to our recent graduates, who hail from across the country.

2019-01-08T08:27:36+00:00January 8th, 2019|

Editor’s note:  Since students of the United States Sports Academy are able to complete their coursework and degree requirements on their own schedule, the Academy throughout each month immediately awards degrees to students who complete requirements. Students are not required to wait to the end of a semester or term to receive their degrees. The Academy congratulates the following graduates who completed their degrees this month. Master’s Graduates Nathan Trammell Cohen (Atlanta, Ga.) – M.S.S. dual degree Sports Management and Sports Medicine Andrea Denise Gordon (Long Island City, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Health and Fitness, personal training emphasis Sara Lynn Shaw (Presque Isle, Maine) – M.S.S. Sports Management, personal training emphasis

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Vote Now for 2018 Male and Female Athlete of the Year Award

2019-01-07T08:19:05+00:00January 7th, 2019|

Public voting is now open for the United States Sports Academy’s coveted 2018 Athlete of the Year Award, a part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport program that annually recognizes the top male and female athletes in the world. The ballot, now available for online voting, is the culmination of the Academy’s yearlong selection process through which outstanding accomplishments of men and women in sports from around the globe are recognized. Everyone is encouraged to cast a vote on the Academy’s website at www.ussa.edu and suggest to friends to vote as well. Voting runs through 5 p.m. Central time on Friday, 18 January 2019. The ballot includes 12 men and 12 women from 15 countries. Nominees for Male Athlete of the Year include: Mookie Betts, baseball, United States; Novak Djokovic, [...]

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Academy Welcomes Finnish Partners to Campus

2018-12-20T09:34:01+00:00December 20th, 2018|

Artist Rauli Mard, left, and motorsport manager Atte Varsta, right The United States Sports Academy continues to strengthen its relationship with its partners in Finland as it welcomed Finnish motorsport manager Atte Varsta and artist Rauli Mard to campus in December. Varsta, an experienced entrepreneur in sports management, retail marketing and business planning, was on the Academy campus to join the institution’s National Faculty, a group of instructors credentialed to teach its post-secondary, non-degree international sports education programs abroad. Varsta is the commercial director for Global Rallycross Europe, an all-European rallycross championship series based in Vienna, Austria. He is also a partner in V&V Sport Management, high-tech company Flexbright, and co-founder of ProFTraining Finland, which specializes in sports services and products that assist customers with their well-being. Varsta is [...]

The Academy Earns Reaffirmation of SACSCOC Accreditation

2019-01-08T10:20:33+00:00December 20th, 2018|

It was announced at the recent Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees meeting in New Orleans that the United States Sports Academy’s accreditation has been reaffirmed for another 10 years. As America’s only freestanding accredited sports university, the Academy was first accredited in 1983. The institution’s accreditation was last reaffirmed in 2008. As part of the reaffirmation process, the Academy in September 2017 submitted comprehensive reports on institutional compliance toward a wide range of SACSCOC higher education Principles. These reports were evaluated by peer reviewers for compliance. The Academy then received an onsite visit from a peer review team in March. The SACSCOC Board of Trustees reviewed the Academy’s efforts toward compliance and voted to reaffirm the institution’s standing at its meeting in [...]

Academy to Partner with WorldTeam Sports in Beijing

2018-12-19T16:25:44+00:00December 20th, 2018|

The United States Sports Academy has signed an agreement with WorldTeam Sports to deliver international sport education programs in China. From left are Academy Founding President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, WorldTeam President Jack “Jie” Guo, Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich and Beijing Olympic Consultant David Huang. Students at China’s WorldTeam Sports facility will soon have the opportunity to take part in a new international sport education program now that the organization has partnered with the United States Sports Academy. Led by president Jie “Jack” Guo, a WorldTeam delegation recently visited the Academy campus in Daphne, Ala., to sign an agreement to develop sports education programs in China. The Academy will assist WorldTeam in its efforts to develop a sport education curricula and procedures for educational administration [...]

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Former South Alabama Athletic Director Joe Gottfried Earns Academy’s 2018 Distinguished Service Award

2018-12-19T16:14:59+00:00December 19th, 2018|

President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich and Joe Gottfried Mobile Sports Hall of Fame chairman and former University of South Alabama athletic director Joe Gottfried has been presented the United States Sports Academy’s 2018 Distinguished Service Award (DSA). Given for outstanding contributions to sport, the award was presented to Gottfried at the home of Academy Founding President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich. Academy trustee and Art Committee member Susan McCollough presented the award to Gottfried. Gottfried joined the University of South Alabama Department of Athletics in 1981 as assistant athletic director, then held the post of athletic director for 25 years beginning in 1984. Gottfried’s tenure at the South Alabama was marked by success, as Jaguar athletic teams won more than 100 Sun Belt Conference championships and 10 Commissioners’ [...]

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Hanyu, Zagitova Named United States Sports Academy November Athletes of the Month

2018-12-18T09:08:38+00:00December 18th, 2018|

Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu and Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova have been named the United States Sports Academy’s Male and Female Athletes of the Month for November. Hanyu set a men’s short program world record with a score of 106.69 at the International Skating Union Figure Skating Grand Prix in Helsinki on 3 November 2018. Zagitova scored 80.78 points during her short program at the Gran-Prix Rostelecom Cup in Moscow on 17 November, which broke the world record she previously set with 79.93 points earlier in 2018. The second place finisher on the men’s side was German tennis player Alexander Zverev and third place went to Ethiopian runner Lelisa Desisa. Zverev defeated Serbia’s Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 to win the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Finals in London on [...]

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Finnish Artist Rauli Mard Donates Pair of Portraits to American Sport Art Museum & Archives

2018-12-13T16:45:29+00:00December 13th, 2018|

Finnish artist Rauli Mard has donated a pair of original portraits to the United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) featuring American football player Philip Rivers and Finnish rallycross driver Toomas Heikkinen. Finnish artist Rauli Mard and United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich. Mard is famous for his art depicting motorcycles, cars, and airplanes and his portraits, many of which are crafted in front of the public. Mard visited the United States to attend the United Nations Ambassador Gala in New York, where he will paint eye portraits and one live portrait of gala attendees at the event. The artist uses his fingers to paint his portraits with 20-30 thin layers of water soluble artist crayons. His portraits of Heikkinen [...]

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Finnish Motorsport Manager Atte Varsta Joins United States Sports Academy National Faculty

2018-12-13T16:26:53+00:00December 13th, 2018|

The United States Sports Academy welcomed Finnish motorsport manager Atte Varsta to its National Faculty during a ceremony on campus on 13 December 2018. Varsta, center, is pictured with Academy Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom, left, and Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich. Finnish motorsport manager and health and wellness entrepreneur Atte Varsta has joined the United States Sports Academy’s National Faculty, a group of instructors credentialed to teach the Academy’s international sports education programs abroad. Varsta is an experienced entrepreneur with a history of working in sports management, retail, marketing and business planning. He is the commercial director for Global Rallycross Europe, an all-European rallycross championship series based in Vienna, Austria. He is also a partner in V&V Sport Management, high-tech company Flexbright, [...]

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