DAPHNE, Ala. — For the tenth consecutive year, the United States Sports Academy recently hosted leading students from Thailand on a sports study tour of the United States to enrich their knowledge of sport.
The Academy invited the students from the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) International Certification Program to participate in the 2016 SAT Sport Study Tour from 1-14 August 2016. The program provided the 18 delegates with an up-close and in-depth look at American sports programs and facilities.
During the SAT students’ cross-country tour, they traveled to Los Angeles, Calif., where they visited the University of California Los Angeles campus, Dodgers Stadium, Staples Center and Stubhub Center. It was then on to Colorado, where they visited the National Strength and Conditioning Association Training Center, Mile High Stadium, and the United States Olympic Committee Training Center. They then traveled to Orlando, Fla., for an Orlando City Soccer Club Major League Soccer game, as well as a visit to Disney World venues and the ESPN Wide World of Sports. They then traveled to Bradenton, Fla., where they visited IMG Academy.
As part of the study tour, the group visited the Academy campus in Daphne, Ala., where they attended workshops and made presentations about their observations related to the tour. On Friday, 12 August 2016, they were honored with certificates in a graduation ceremony, followed by a reception with the Academy faculty and staff.
The Academy has a long-standing relationship with the SAT, sending instructors for more than a decade to Thailand to teach its International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) and International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) programs. The SAT is Thailand’s primary sports organization and plays a vital role in developing sport.
Both certification programs prepare participants for leadership roles in sport. The ICSC program includes a wide range of coaching and related administrative skills, while the ICSM program includes management topics such as sports event planning, facilities, and marketing and public relations.
Under the program, approximately 50 students annually are drawn from the SAT and its affiliated sport organizations around the country to attend the certification courses. Following the conclusion of the classroom portion of the program, the SAT annually selects the best students from each program for a special study tour of sport in America. A delegation of students and administrators from the SAT tour various sports organizations and venues for two weeks from coast to coast in the United States.
The Academy’s successful relationship with the Southeast Asian nation dates back to the mid-1980s. During a visit to Bangkok in May 2015, Dr. T.J. Rosandich, then Academy vice president and chief operating officer and current president, renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the SAT to continue the ICSC/ICSM project for another five-year term through 2020. Prior to the new agreement, the program had been held successfully since 2003.
“The United States Sports Academy and the Sports Authority of Thailand have had a long relationship with the ICSC/ICSM project and we are pleased that the brightest and best students in these programs are chosen to participate in the sport study tour hosted by the Academy,” Rosandich said.
“We express a heartfelt thanks to the United States Sports Academy for offering this opportunity to our students,” said Jinda Dechpimor, SAT head of delegation and director of human development. “The sports study tour is helpful to our students who are studying sports coaching and sports management.”
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, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.