People, Places, and Programs

Many are Mourning the Passing of Dr. Richard L. “Dick” DeSchriver

Dr. Richard L. “Dick” DeSchriver died Friday, 19 June, at his home in Silver Spring, Md. He was 82. Dr. DeSchriver was a major contributor to the Academy in many ways, as he served as the Dean of Academic Affairs and on the National Faculty.

As a member of the National Faculty, Dr. DeSchriver taught courses in research, sport coaching, and sport management in the Academy’s distance learning programs.

Academy Trustee Dr. Lee McElroy Jr. Named Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Director of Athletics

Photo McElroyRensselaer Polytechnic Institute has named Dr. Lee McElroy Jr. as Director of Athletics. Dr. McElroy Jr., left, has served on the United States Sports Academy’s Board of Trustees since 2011. Under his new appointment, he will be responsible for overseeing 12 men’s and 11 women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) intercollegiate teams (two Division I and 21 Division III), involving more than 550 student-athletes, as well as the Intramural Sports Program, which engages over 2,000 students.

Dr. McElroy has more than 30 years of experience in athletic and educational administration. During that time he served in several prominent positions, including president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) for 2006 – 2007.

He is also a former Board Member of the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) and has been named the 2015 MOAA Distinguished Service Award recipient for his dedication in promoting the understanding and appreciation of diversity.

A Group of Distinguished Young Women “Has Beens” Visited the Academy

Several “Has Beens” from the Distinguished Young Women national scholarship program visited the Academy and the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) on Monday, 22 June. They were given a tour by Dr. Fred Cromartie, reviewed the Academy PowerPoint with Dr. Stephen Butler, and went through a special program with Ms. Tonya Butler-Collins on living a healthy lifestyle and careers in sport.

“Has Beens” are a special part of the Distinguished Young Women family. They participated in last year’s National Finals as members of the Class of 2014 and returned to Mobile this year to act as big sisters to the current class, perform at Community Night and in the Has Been Show, and serve as general ambassadors of good will.

Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments.Photograph Has Beens

USA Today‘s Nancy Armour Presented with 2015 Ronald Reagan Media Award

Photograph ArmourOn Wednesday, 8 July, USA Today‘s Nancy Armour was presented with the Academy’s 2015 Ronald Reagan Media Award for her outstanding work as a sport journalist. The presentation was made by Dr. Robert Goldman, Academy Trustee Emeritus.

The honor is named in recognition of the 40th President of the United States and presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to sport through broadcasting, print, photography or acting. The individual should exhibit imagination, excitement, and genius in kindling a keen public interest.

“It’s truly an honor to be the recipient of the award this year,” Armour said. “The list of former honorees is impressive and includes many names I’ve looked up to for years, so it’s very humbling to be included among them.”

Trustee Emeritus Dr. Robert Goldman Inducted into Masters Martial Arts Hall of Fame

Academy Trustee Emeritus, Dr. Robert Goldman, has recently been recognized by the Martial Arts History Museum for his outstanding commitment to martial arts. Dr. Goldman is the founder of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), and has been one of sports’ greatest advocates for promoting well-being and physical fitness.

Dr. Goldman has broken numerous martial arts records and has also been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for many achievements, including 13,500 consecutive sit-ups and 321 consecutive handstand pushups. A black belt in karate and a Chinese weapons expert, he has pioneered over 20 world strength records.

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