World-renowned sports producer and promoter Sheldon “Shelly” Saltman has been appointed to the Academy’s Board of Visitors. The Emmy-award winner’s long list of credentials includes the fights of Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Tommy Hearns and Roberto Duran, and the stunts of Evel Knievel. He has also held executive positions with two NBA teams and promoted/produced concerts and TV specials of famous music artists.

Rick Rush, the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2011 Sport Artist of the Year-Painter, has also been appointed to the Academy’s Board of Visitors. Rush, known as “America’s Sport Artist” won a significant court battle for his right to draw, paint and sell the images of star athletes when Tiger Woods sued for royalties on a painting Rush created of the golfer when Woods won the 1997 Master’s golf tournament.

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich attended the 126th American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) National Convention and Exposition in San Diego, Calif., in late March.

Academy Board of Trustees member Dr. Gary Cunningham, who is President of the USA-International University Sports Federation, is attending the World University Games Head of Delegation Meeting as the American representative in Shenzhen, China, from 14-16 April.

Academy Chair of Sports Coaching Dr. Scott Johnson recently returned from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he taught a two-week course in sports coaching methodology in cooperation with the country’s National Institute of Sport.

Academy National Faculty members Dr. Peter Mathiesen and Dr. Stan Drawdy recently returned from Thailand, where they taught courses in conjunction with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT). The courses are a part of the Academy’s international certification programs in sports management and sports coaching. Dr. Mathiesen is a former college and professional basketball coach and Dr. Drawdy has been in education for more than 30 years as a high school athletic director and coach.

Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich has been asked to represent Baldwin County in the area of sports as a member of the Regional Tourism Committee. This committee was organized by Ricky Matthews, publisher of the Mobile Press-Register, and is chaired by former Mobile Mayor Mike Dow. Restaurateur and former Miami Dolphin football player Bob Baumhower represents Mobile County in the area of sports as a member of the committee.

Chay Yee, president of the International Sports Academy (ISA) in Singapore and a long-time associate, continues to offer Academy continuing education programs (certifications and diploma programs) through the ISA. The ISA is the site of the Academy’s first diploma program.

Academy Dean of Student Services Dr. Craig Bogar spoke about the about the Academy’s history, current programs and its future plans to members of the Mobile Sunrise Rotary Club, one of the oldest and largest Rotary clubs in the world.