Academy Takes Next Steps Toward ACBSP Accreditation for Sports Management Programs

2020-02-20T14:38:06-06:00February 20th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy is taking the next steps toward earning accreditation for its sports management degree programs from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), one of the world’s leading business school accreditors. In early 2019 the Academy became a candidate for accreditation from ACBSP, a leading organization offering accreditation services to business degree programs focused on teaching and learning. Becoming a candidate starts the accreditation process, and candidates must develop an action plan for meeting ACBSP’s standards and criteria. Last year the Academy hired a consultant to help guide the institution through the accreditation process. Recently, the Academy welcomed to campus ACBSP mentor Dr. Kathleen Cornett, who advised the institution on the accreditation process and reviewed data that had been collected by Academy faculty and staff [...]

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Chen, Shiffrin Named United States Sports Academy January Athletes of the Month

2020-02-17T15:33:02-06:00February 17th, 2020|

A pair of American winter sports superstars were named the United States Sports Academy’s male and female Athletes of the Month for January. Figure skater Nathan Chen and alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin took home the Academy’s top honors after stellar performances in the month. The Academy’s reigning 2019 Male Athlete of the Year, 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., on 26 January 2020. Chen is the first man to win four consecutive U.S. titles since Brian Boitano in 1988. Shiffrin recorded four World Cup podium finishes – two gold medals and two bronze medals – in January, winning the super-G and downhill races in Bulgaria and taking third place in slalom and [...]

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Academy Sends Faculty Members for Continuation of Sports Certification Programs in Thailand

2020-02-26T13:27:00-06:00February 12th, 2020|

Dr. Roch King For the 15th consecutive year the United States Sports Academy is continuing its international sports certification program to prepare students in Thailand for careers in sport. The Academy recently sent Chair of Sports Coaching Dr. Roch King and sports management instructor Jillian Rosandich to Bangkok to teach the post-secondary, non-degree programs to prepare people there for careers in coaching and related athletic professions. King taught advanced sports psychology, while Rosandich taught sports event planning. The Academy teaches the International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program in Thailand, which includes a wide range of coaching and related administrative skills, and the International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM), a program that includes management topics such as sports event planning, marketing and public relations, and facilities. Jillian [...]

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Vote Now for United States Sports Academy Athlete of the Month for January

2020-02-06T15:24:40-06:00February 6th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for January and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates from eight 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, 13 February 2020. Male nominees are Giannis Antetokounmpo, basketball, Greece; Joe Burrow, football, United States; Nathan Chen, figure skating, United States; Scotty James, snowboarding, Australia; Rhonex Kipruto, athletics, Kenya; and Justin Thomas, golf, United States. Female nominees are Worknesh Degefa, marathon, Ethiopia; Marita Kramer, ski jumping, Austria; Madelene Sagstrom, golf, Sweden; Mikaela Shiffrin, alpine skiing, United States; Kelly Sildaru, freestyle skiing, Estonia; and Jennifer Valente, cycling, United States. Each month, the public is [...]

Greek Painter Mina Papatheodorou Valyraki Donates Silk Prints to ASAMA

2020-01-28T11:24:52-06:00January 28th, 2020|

Dr. Mina Valyraki Accomplished Greek painter Mina Papatheodorou Valyraki has donated several signed and numbered silk prints to the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) on the campus of the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala. Recognized as the Academy’s 2002 Sport Artist of the Year, Valyraki is known worldwide for her abstract expressionist paintings featuring a variety of subjects from athletes to automobiles. The artist’s donated silk prints depict red Ferrari automobiles, sailboats, and Olympic competition. They join a large assortment of other pieces from the artist on display at ASAMA, including her “Daphne and Apollo,” which is featured prominently in the museum’s main lobby. Valyraki’s pieces can be viewed across the globe in such locales as the National Gallery in Athens, the Olympic Museum [...]

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Academy Returns to Bahrain for Adaptive Sport Training Program

2020-01-27T16:38:15-06:00January 27th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy is continuing its program to train physical education teachers and coaches in the Kingdom of Bahrain to meet the needs of athletes with adaptive needs. The Academy’s initial post-secondary, non-degree certificate program in disabled and adaptive sport in Bahrain graduated 223 students in the spring of 2019. Academy instructor Marty Floyd recently returned to the island nation in the Middle East to teach the program again this year for the Bahrain Sports Federation for Disabilities (BSFD). 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 a two-pronged approach that includes working with competitive athletes and developing inclusive programs [...]

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Nathan Chen, Kelly Sildaru Selected as the United States Sports Academy’s 2019 Athletes of the Year

2020-01-28T07:57:47-06:00January 27th, 2020|

Following an online voting period that garnered thousands of votes from all corners of the world, American figure skating superstar Nathan Chen and Estonian freestyle skiing sensation Kelly Sildaru were selected as the United States Sports Academy’s 2019 Male and Female Athletes of the Year. Chen became the first American man since 1984 to win back-to-back world championships. Chen also won his third consecutive ISU Grand Prix Final and captured championships at the Internationaux de France and Skate America. He also won his third consecutive U.S. title, smashing the record for the highest margin of victory at 58.21 points. Chen started 2020 with his fourth consecutive U.S. title. At age 16 Sildaru became the youngest freestyle skiing halfpipe world champion of all time when she won gold in the event [...]

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Academy Honoree Graig Kreindler Contributing 230 Portraits to Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Celebration

2020-01-23T15:22:00-06:00January 23rd, 2020|

Graig Kreindler, the painter of America’s national pastime and the United States Sports Academy’s 2018 Sport Artist of the Year - Painter, is contributing 230 original portraits to a celebration of the history of professional baseball’s Negro Leagues. Kreindler is a featured artist at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Centennial Celebration in Kansas City, Missouri, in February. The celebration – which will kick off with a grand opening on 13 February 2020 – will recognize the rich history of baseball’s Negro Leagues, which provided a playing field for African American and Hispanic baseball players at a time when American society was segregated by race. Graig Kreindler The celebration and art show coincide with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Negro League by Andrew “Rube” Foster [...]

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Academy President Invited to Speak at National Sports Summit in the Philippines

2020-01-16T16:31:13-06:00January 17th, 2020|

Click the image to view the full invitation letter. United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich has been invited to speak at the National Sports Summit hosted by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) in Manila in February 2020. Rosandich has been asked to provide his insights at the summit, which will cover the theme of “Sports Success from a First-World Perspective.” The Academy has a long history in the Republic of the Philippines. Rosandich recently participated as an official observer at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the country, invited by the PSC. The president’s invitation to speak at the National Sports Summit and his observations at the SEA Games come as the Academy is moving forward with an agreement with the PSC to [...]

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Academy Master’s Degree in Sports Management Earns Top Honor in Ranking of Programs for Sport Administrators

2020-01-16T15:04:24-06:00January 16th, 2020|

The United States Sports Academy’s online Master of Sports Science (M.S.S.) degree in sports management is once again earning accolades after being recognized as the top master’s degree for sport administrators in 2020. The institution’s master’s degree program in sports management was selected as the top of its kind by Online Schools Report, a website dedicated to providing students with simple, practical, and accurate information about available online programs. The Academy’s M.S.S. program was acclaimed by the site for its focus on preparing students for jobs in sports management at the local, collegiate, and professional levels. It was also recognized for its focus areas in NCAA rules and procedures, Olympic culture, and fundraising in sports. The Academy’s master’s in sports management degree earned the only 100% rating among 35 listed [...]

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World Baseball Softball Confederation President Riccardo Fraccari Earns Academy’s Eagle Award

2020-01-15T08:14:05-06:00January 15th, 2020|

Because of his significant contributions to the growth of baseball and softball and his efforts to get both sports into the Olympics, World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) President Riccardo Fraccari has been named as the recipient of the United States Sports Academy’s 2019 Eagle Award. 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. It is the Academy’s highest international honor. Fraccari will receive the Eagle Award at the Academy’s graduation ceremony on Thursday, 11 June 2020 on the institution’s [...]

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Congratulations to our recent graduates!

2020-01-14T11:29:25-06:00January 14th, 2020|

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. Wanyi Tang (Beijing, China) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Theory specialization, Sports Leadership emphasis, With Honors Dr. Chad Alan Payn (Shawnee, Okla.) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Leadership emphasis Dr. Aimee Vlachos (Kennebunkport, Maine) – Ed.D. Sports Management, Sports Marketing emphasis Master’s Graduates Maya E. Brewer (San Francisco, Calif.) – M.S.S. Sports Health & Fitness, With Honors Donna S. Dixon (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Management Kevin McCarty (Garden Grove, Calif.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching Bachelor’s Graduate Jackson T. Flynn (Medford Lakes, N.J.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching, Magna Cum Laude

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