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United States Sports Academy Mourns Loss of Honoree and ‘Voice of College Football’ Keith Jackson

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of Academy honoree and legendary sports broadcaster Keith Jackson, who died 12 January 2018 at age 89. Jackson, who retired from broadcasting in 2006, is widely regarded as the voice of college football after spending 50 years in the business. He earned the Academy’s Ronald Reagan Media Award in 1990. The award, named in honor of the 40th President of the United States,…

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United States Sports Academy Art to be Displayed at Stillman College MLK Art Walk

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) has loaned six works from its collection to Stillman College for its campus art walk held in conjunction with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The art walk is Saturday, 13 January 2018, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Education Building Hall on the Stillman campus in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The six selections feature African-American themes and most were…

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International Ice Hockey Federation President Dr. Rene Fasel Presented with United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Eagle Award

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Dr. René Fasel, D.M.D., president of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and an influential figure in ice hockey for more than 40 years, has received the United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Eagle Award, the Academy’s highest international honor. Fasel recently was presented the award by Academy trustee Joseph Szlavik at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The Eagle Award is presented to a world leader…

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Congratulations Graduates

Congratulations to our recent graduates, who hail from around the world

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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. Doctoral Graduates Dr. Frans E. Meyer (Syracuse, Utah) –…

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Academy Seeks Nominations for Prestigious Alumni of the Year Award, Along With Other 2018 Awards of Sport

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy needs your help as it seeks nominations for the prestigious Alumni of the Year Award, given each year to the most outstanding graduate who represents the ideals of sport and of the Academy. The Academy would like to hear from you if you have noteworthy achievements so that we may consider you for the annual award. Or, if you know of an alumnus or alumna who has…

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Voting Open for United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Male and Female Athlete of the Year Award

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Public voting is now open for the United States Sports Academy’s coveted 2017 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…

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Academy Mourns Loss of Honoree, National Faculty Member Dr. Herb Appenzeller

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of honoree and longtime National Faculty member Dr. Herb Appenzeller, who passed away at age 92 on 5 January 2018. One of the leading and most respected scholars on sports law and sports risk management, Appenzeller served 35 years as a member of the Academy’s National Faculty, a group of highly qualified faculty credentialed to teach in the institution’s international education programs. He…

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Master Personal Trainer Fairfax Hackley Wins United States Sports Academy 2017 Eisenhower Fitness Award

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Master personal trainer and champion bodybuilder Fairfax Hackley has been named the United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Dwight David Eisenhower Fitness Award winner. Hackley was recently presented the honor by Academy trustee Dr. Gary Cunningham of Santa Barbara, Calif., at the Academy’s 33rd Annual Awards of Sport celebration held on the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala. Hackley spent more than 20 years in bodybuilding, winning the International Federation of Body Building and…

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United States Sports Academy Mourns the Loss of Ronald Reagan Media Award Winner Dick Enberg

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of two-time Awards of Sport honoree Dick Enberg, a legendary sports broadcaster who passed away on 21 December 2017 at age 82. Enberg, who was honored with the Academy’s Ronald Reagan Media Award in 1989 and 2013, retired from broadcasting in 2016.  He worked in the broadcasting industry for more than half a century. Enberg began broadcasting in 1957, providing play-by-play in various…

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Employees with Service Awards

United States Sports Academy Recognizes Employees for Longevity

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DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy recently presented employees with awards for reaching service milestones. From left are Robin Stephens, financial aid and graduate admissions counselor (five years); Jennifer Sellers, human resources coordinator (five years); President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich (40 years); Director of Doctoral Studies Dr. Fred Cromartie (20 years);  Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Stephen Butler (five years); and Jennifer Pepper, instructional designer (five years). Shown in the inset is…

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Academy Sport Artist of the Year Dr. Mina Papatheodorou Valyraki Honored at International Art and Sport Film Festival

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DAPHNE, Ala. – Accomplished Greek painter Dr. Mina Papatheodorou Valyraki, the United States Sports Academy’s 2002 Sport Artist of the Year, was honored with the Mention D’Honneur Award in Arts and Sport at a recent international festival in Milan, Italy, celebrating the best in creative communication to advance sport during 2017. Valyraki, who lives in Athens, Greece, was given the award by the Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs (FICTS), an organization that promotes the values…

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Academy Board of Visitors Chairman Dr. Bob Goldman Featured in National Article on Success, Earns Tae Kwon Do Honor

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DAPHNE, Ala. – United States Sports Academy Board of Visitors Chairman Dr. Robert Goldman was recently featured prominently in Psychology Today as a role model on how to attaining success and achievement, even as he was receiving a higher rank in the world of martial arts. Goldman, a resident of Chicago, Ill., is the co-founder and current chairman of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Goldman was the Academy’s 2012 Dwight D. Eisenhower Fitness Award…

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