United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich addressed the 40th anniversary General Assembly of the Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs (FICTS) in Treviso, Italy, in September.

A member of the FICTS Youth, Education and Culture Commission, Rosandich spoke about his efforts to bring the 2023 FICTS conference to Fort Meyers, Fla., in 2023 – a return to the United States for the first time since 2015. The President has worked Academy Trustee Emeritus, 1995 Sport Artist of the Year, World Olympian Foundation President and Fort Meyers Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Liston Bochette III to lay the groundwork for that city hosting the event.

Officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FICTS promotes and spreads the development of Olympic values and the culture of sport through film and television. Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Milan, Italy, FICTS has 116 member countries. The mission of the FICTS Youth, Education and Culture Commission is to follow the IOC’s guidelines in spreading Olympic values such as ethics, respect, peace and fair play to young people around the world. FICTS is chaired by its President and CEO Professor Franco Ascani, a member of the IOC Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission.

The FICTS Youth, Education and Culture Commission counts 11 members and includes other friends of the Academy including the institution’s 2016 Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award winner Donna de Varona and 2002 Sport Artist of the Year Mina Papatheodorou-Valyraki.

The commission is engaged in spreading among the young Olympic values such as ethics, respect, peace and fair-play. The commission collaborates with the International Academy for Culture Through Sport (IACUS) Study Center, which supervises the collection action on a daily basis, with numerical, economic, social and promotional analysis.