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Academy Faculty to Present on Race Issues in Sports Management at Online NASSM Conference in June

2021-01-26T10:17:43-06:00January 26th, 2021|

Dr. Brandon Spradley Several members of the United States Sports Academy faculty and staff will present abstracts on race issues in sports at the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) 2021 Conference that will be held online from June 3-5, 2021. The conference theme, “Race Forward: Agents for Change in Sport Management,” encourages sport scholars and educators to more fully explore their role in advancing racial justice through research, teaching, and practice. Chair of Sports Management Dr. Brandon Spradley, Acting Director of Sports Exercise Science Robert Herron, sports management faculty member Jillian Rosandich, lecturer Holly Park, and instructional technologist Shane Mitchell are the authors of two abstracts for the conference. One is a discussion on creating a more-inclusive environment in sport for women and women of color. [...]

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Academy President Dr. T.J. Reappointed to FICTS Youth, Education, and Culture Commission

2021-01-26T09:37:51-06:00January 26th, 2021|

United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich has been appointed to serve on the Youth, Education and Culture Commission of the Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs (FICTS), an international organization which promotes the universal idea of culture through sport. United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich has been reappointed to serve on the Youth, Education and Culture Commission of the Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs (FICTS), an international organization which promotes the universal idea of culture through sport. Officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FICTS promotes and spreads the development of Olympic values and the culture of sport through film and television. Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Milan, Italy, FICTS has 116 member countries. The mission of the FICTS [...]

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Repeat Winner Nathan Chen, Swimmer Lilly King Selected as the United States Sports Academy’s 2020 Athletes of the Year

2021-01-26T09:14:45-06:00January 26th, 2021|

Following an online voting period that garnered thousands of votes from all corners of the world, American figure skating superstar Nathan Chen has repeated as the United States Sports Academy’s Male Athlete of the Year. On the women’s side, American swimmer Lilly King took home the Academy’s Female Athlete of the Year honor for 2020. Chen and King both excelled in competition for the respective sports in a year marked by global disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Chen won his fourth consecutive U.S. Figure Skating Championship after totaling 330.17 points and landing six quadruple jumps between two programs in Greensboro, N.C., in January 2020, then repeated the feat for his fifth consecutive U.S. title in January 2021. No American man has won as many consecutive national championships since the [...]

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Sport Journal Call for Papers: Esports Management

2021-01-13T09:02:07-06:00January 13th, 2021|

Esports as an industry is now over 20 years old and it has grown exponentially when compared to other generic industries, representing the sixth largest global growth at the industrial level (Eurostat, 2019; Southall, Nagel, LeGrande, & Han, 2003). There are now over 150 sports teams and counting involved in Esports, e.g., Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, FC Schalke 04, Kraft group (owners of New England Patriots) and many more are investing in Esports heavily. Esport is not systematically institutionalized, and there is ongoing coordination to create evolving governance.  There are shifting rules, and there is a power game of the “insider” and the outsiders.  The industry is rooted in innovation, business, media, and fandom as well. These phenomena will require management professionals that are innovative and focused on business [...]

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Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2021-01-12T13:52:40-06:00January 12th, 2021|

The Academy congratulates the following graduates who completed their degrees this month. Because of the Academy’s rolling enrollments and flexible online learning options, degrees can be conferred upon graduates throughout the academic year. Doctoral Graduates Dr. Mekia S. Troy (Douglasville, Ga.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Leadership emphasis Dr. Priscilla A. Freeman (Covington, Ga.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Marketing emphasis Master’s Graduates Terri L. DeFour (Fairhope, Ala.) – M.S.S. Sports Exercise Science, with honors Andrew A. Ward (Ontario, Ore.) – M.S.S. Sports Management, with honors Aaron J. Ainsworth (Pensacola, Fla.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching Alisa R. Lamar (Hoover, Ala.) – M.S.S. Sports Management Manthan M. Thaker (Palm Harbor, Fla.) – M.S.S. Sports Management Bachelor’s Graduates Jerrell W. Stephens Jr. (Belle Chasse, La.) – B.S.S. Sports Strength and Conditioning, Summa [...]

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Voting Opens for United States Sports Academy’s 2020 Athlete of the Year Awards

2021-01-04T08:47:57-06:00January 4th, 2021|

Following a tumultuous and historic year in sport, marked by global disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Sports Academy is kicking off 2021 with one of the most competitive ballots ever for its annual Male and Female Athletes of the Year program. Voting is now open for the coveted award, which is part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport program that annually recognizes the top male and female athletes in the world. The ballot is open for voting here until 5 p.m. Central time on Friday, 15 January 2021. This year’s ballot includes 12 men and 12 women from 12 countries. Nominees for Male Athlete of the Year include: Nathan Chen, figure skating, United States; Joshua Cheptegei, athletics, Uganda; Novak Djokovic, tennis, Serbia; Caeleb Dressel, swimming, United [...]

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ASAMA Receives Original Ernie Barnes Pieces from Late Founding President’s Estate

2020-12-22T13:50:40-06:00December 22nd, 2020|

Visitors to the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) on the United States Sports Academy campus will now be able to see an original, one-of-a-kind piece by renowned sport artist Ernie Barnes. In 1984, Ernie Barnes was selected as the Academy’s first Sport Artist of the Year, following his work as the official Sport Artist for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.  In 2004, Barnes was again selected as the Sport Artist of the Year, making him one of only two sport artists to receive the Academy’s prestigious award twice. While visiting the Academy to accept his 2004 award, Barnes gave late Academy Founding President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich an original, one-of-a-kind sketch titled “Study for Hurdlers” depicting a hurdler in action. The piece includes a hand written note [...]

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Academy Selected as Approved Sport Education Provider for Telangana State Council of Higher Education in India

2020-12-22T11:41:50-06:00December 22nd, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy continues to expand its international reach as the institution was recently recognized by the Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) as an approved provider for sport education programs in the State of Telangana in India. In addition to the TSCHE recognition, Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich has also been invited to join the organization’s Advisory Board, whose offices are located in Telangana’s capital city of Hyderabad. In that role, Rosandich will assist in the review of foreign tertiary institutions seeking to establish relationships with Telangana-based schools for the recruitment of students. “From a personal standpoint, I am honored to have been extended an invitation to join the Advisory Board of TSCHE,” Rosandich said. “In addition, the Academy is deeply appreciative of the [...]

Academy’s Dr. Brian Wallace Reflects on Career in Sports Exercise Science Field

2020-12-22T14:21:34-06:00December 22nd, 2020|

After a lengthy career dedicated to exercise science, personal fitness, and higher education, United States Sports Academy Chair of Exercise Science Dr. Brian Wallace will retire at the end of 2020. This was Wallace’s third stint at the Academy, having previously served as the institution’s chair of sport fitness and health and also as a member of its National Faculty. He has served on numerous doctoral dissertation committees for the institution and directed the Academy’s Human Performance Lab. “I immensely enjoyed working with our Academy students and imparting the knowledge they will need to be a success in their chosen careers,” Wallace said. “Most students in these programs are highly motivated to move forward with their careers and to be the best they can be. I also enjoyed working with an [...]

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UW-Parkside Athletics Announces Campaign to Honor Academy Founder Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich

2020-12-22T09:56:12-06:00December 22nd, 2020|

As the RangerVision 2020 campaign continues to enhance the Sports & Activity Center, Parkside Athletics has launched an initiative to honor the late Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich. Rosandich was the first Director of Athletics at UW-Parkside, serving from 1969-72, and was instrumental in launching the original sport programs, creating athletics facilities including the Sports & Activity Center, and hiring head coaches. He passed away from natural causes at the age of 88 on August 29, 2020. “Tom’s tenure as the Athletic Director at Parkside was a first for both,” said Dr. Rosandich’s son Dr. T.J. Rosandich, President and CEO of the United States Sports Academy. “Just as Tom was the first AD at Parkside, it was the first time he assumed the role of a collegiate director of athletics. While he brought [...]

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Academy Holds Virtual Protocol Signing with Jamaica Olympic Association and Jamaica Paralympic Association

2020-12-22T09:52:47-06:00December 22nd, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy held a historic “virtual” signing ceremony with the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) and Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) on 21 December, 2020, in Daphne. The Academy will use the institution’s expertise and resources to help aide in the development of the national sport effort in the Caribbean island nation of Jamaica. Dr. Rosandich reveals the signed Protocol of Cooperation Because of Covid-19, the signing ceremony was held virtually with the Academy faculty and staff on the institution’s campus in Daphne, while the JOA and JPA partners signed in Jamaica. Representing the Jamaica Olympic Association and Jamaica Paralympic Association were President Christopher L. Samuda, Secretary General and CEO Ryan Foster, Director Yvonne Kong, and Member Relations Manager Novelette Harris. The virtual ceremony is a first [...]

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Swimmers Caeleb Dressel, Kira Toussaint Named United States Sports Academy November Athletes of the Month

2020-12-15T09:49:22-06:00December 15th, 2020|

Swimmers Caeleb Dressel and Kira Toussaint set world records at International Swimming League events and earned the United States Sports Academy’s Athlete of the Month honors for November. Dressel, of the United States, set world records in late November and earned MVP honors at the final International Swimming League event of the season. Dressel set a world record with a time of 49.28 seconds in the 100-meter medley on 22 November. The previous day, Dressel broke world records in the 100-meter butterfly (47.7 seconds) and 50-meter freestyle (20.16 seconds). Toussaint, of the Netherlands, set a world record in the women’s 50-meter backstroke with a time of 25.06 seconds in the International Swimming League semifinal on 14 November. Toussaint’s time broke the 2017 record of 25.67 seconds previously held by Brazil’s [...]

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