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Academy Appoints New Coordinator of Alumni Affairs

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The United States Sports Academy recently appointed Erin Boles as the Academy’s Coordinator of Alumni Affairs. By appointing Boles to this new position, the Academy hopes to strengthen communication within the Alumni Association, which features one of the largest networks in the sports profession. Boles has served as an Admissions Counselor at the Academy since July 2012. She earned a bachelor’s in history and southern studies and master’s in history from the University of Mississippi….

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Lionel Messi and Mikaela Shiffrin Voted December’s Athletes of the Month

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Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi and American skier Mikaela Shiffrin were chosen as the United States Sports Academy’s December Athletes of the Month. The 25-year-old Messi has established himself as one of the greatest soccer players in history by breaking the all-time calendar-year scoring record. Messi surpassed the 39-year-old record when he made his 86th goal of the season in 66 matches in FC Barcelona’s 2-1 win at Real Betis. The previous record of 85…

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Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister Receives International Honorary Doctorate from the Academy

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The United States Sports Academy honored His Excellency Tan Sri Muhyiddin Hj Mohd Yassin with a 2012 International Honorary Doctorate Thursday, Jan. 17 at its campus in Daphne, Ala. “It is a great honor for me to be here today to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the Academy and will be a moment I shall cherish,” said Muhyiddin, who is both Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education. “Sports always has been a passion…

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Texas A&M Upset of No. 1 Alabama in SEC Matchup Chosen as the 2012 College Football Game of the Year

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The United States Sports Academy’s 2012 College Football Game of the Year is Texas A&M’s upset of No. 1 Alabama in the teams’ first ever Southeastern Conference showdown. Thanks to its redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, the nearly 14-point underdog Texas A&M Aggies, which was then ranked No. 15, stunned No. 1 Alabama, 29-24 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Showing cool under fire against Alabama’s top-rated defense, Manziel staked the No. 15 Aggies to a 20-0 lead…

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Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister’s Revamping of Nation’s Sports Education Earns an International Honorary Doctorate from the Academy

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His Excellency Tan Sri Muhyiddin Hj Mohd Yassin’s visionary initiative to build vigorous sports programs for Malaysian children has led to the United States Sports Academy developing a diploma program for the Southeast Asian country that is arguably one of the largest remedial programs in physical education and sports coaching ever undertaken. Muhyiddin, who is both Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, directed the implementation of “One Student – One Sport” in Malaysia’s…

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World’s Top Olympians Voted Academy’s 2012 Male and Female Athletes of the Year

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Two of the world’s most dominating superstars at the 2012 London Olympic Games earned the United States Sports Academy’s 2012 Male and Female Athletes of the Year award—Usain Bolt and Serena Williams. Bolt, a Jamaican sprinter, continues to reign as the world’s fastest man by successfully repeating as the Olympic gold medalist in the 100 meters and 200 meters. Bolt is the first man ever to win both events in successive Summer Olympics. In London,…

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Academy Seeks to Deliver Olympic Values Education Program Online to the World

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The United States Sports Academy is working with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to develop a new Olympic Values Education Program (OVEP) that could be delivered online across the world. Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (left) and Dr. Norbert Mueller, professor at Mainz University in Germany, hold a bronze bust of Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the Modern Olympic Games, in late November at International Olympic Committee meetings in Amsterdam. Also…

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Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister to Receive Honorary Doctorate at Academy

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Y.A.B. Tan Sri Dato’ HJ Muhyiddin HJ Mohd Yassin, who serves both as Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, is being honored by the United States Sports Academy with a 2012 International Honorary Doctorate for his effort to build his nation’s sports programs for its youth. Muhyiddin is scheduled to receive the Honorary Doctorate during a ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 in the Main Gallery at the Academy’s campus in Daphne,…

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Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Al Hussein of Jordan Receives Academy's 2010 Eagle Award

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For her contribution to equestrian sports and the Olympic Movement, Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Al Hussein of Jordan, President of the International Equestrian Federation, was named the winner of the United States Sports Academy’s 2010 Eagle Award. Princess Haya was Jordan’s first female professional athlete and the first female to represent her country internationally in sport, as a 13-year-old show jumper. She was the first female to medal in equestrian sports at the Pan-Arab…

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Alabama Wins Chance to Defend its National Title and Earns Academy’s Game of the Week Honor

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Alabama mounted a fourth quarter comeback to defeat Georgia in the Southeastern Conference title game and earn selection as the Week 14 winner of the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Contest. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper with 3:15 remaining in the game to put No. 2 Alabama (12-1) ahead, 32-28. But No. 3 Georgia (11-2) marched right down the field. After an apparent…

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Baylor Basketball Coach Mulkey Receives Academy’s 2012 C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award

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Kim Mulkey made NCAA history in 2012 when the head coach of the Baylor University women’s basketball team led the Lady Bears to a perfect 40-game season—the first for any collegiate basketball program—that was capped with a national championship. For her record of success that has made Mulkey the first person, male or female, in NCAA history to win a basketball national championship as a player, assistant coach, and head coach, she has earned the…

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