DAPHNE, Ala. – Mr. Ted Leonsis, founder, chairman, CEO and majority owner of Monumental Sports and Entertainment, was presented the United States Sports Academy’s 2014 Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award Monday in Washington, D.C., by Mr. Joe Szlavik, the Chairman of the Board of Visitors for the United States Sports Academy. The award, given annually to an individual, past or present, who has excelled as a contributor to both sport and society over at least a decade, had a fitting recipient in a gracious Leonsis.

“It was an honor to receive the award bestowed by the Academy and to be included among the distinguished group of previous honorees,” he said. “I’m humbled to be so selected.”

Currently, Monumental Sports and Entertainment owns and operates the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL), the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Washington Mystics of the National Women’s Basketball Association (WNBA). In addition to being the only privately held company in a top-10 market to own and operate three professional sports teams, Monumental Sports and Entertainment owns the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.

Mr. Leonsis serves on the board of governors for major sports leagues, such as the NBA and the NHL. He is the chairman of the technology company, SnagFilms, and the former co-CEO and current Chairman for the board of directors of Groupon, a well-known publicly-traded company.

In addition, he is the cofounder and partner in the Revolution Growth Fund II, which has made investments in prominent companies such as Bigcommerce and CustomInk. In 2010, America Online Services (AOL) named one of their central towers, The Leonsis Creative Center, in honor of his numerous achievements while serving more than 13 years in chief positions at the company.

Regardless of his vigorous schedule, Mr. Leonsis continues to utilize various opportunities and outlets to share his wisdom, experience and good fortune. Over the previous year, he served and supported more than 400 charities worldwide including organizations such as the Children’s Hospital, UNICEF, Best Buddies and the Salvation Army. Serving as the vice chairman of Washington 2024, he also manages the city’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Furthermore, Mr. Leonsis has authored many books and produced award-winning documentaries such as “Nanking” and “Kicking It” along with a daily blog, “Ted’s Take.”

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy visit www.ussa.edu or call 251-626-3303.