Artist Rick Rush Presents Original Bubba Watson Painting to American Sport Art Museum & Archives

Right On Course by Rick Rush

Renowned sport artist Rick Rush, right, presents his original painting,“Right on Course,” depicting Bubba Watson’s historic second win at the Masters, to the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) on the campus of the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala. Academy Founding President and ASAMA creator Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, left, and Academy Art Committee Chairperson Nancy Raia, center, accepted the art for permanent display in the museum.

DAPHNE, Ala. – An original painting of golfer Bubba Watson winning his historic second Masters championship by Rick Rush, world renowned sports artist and United States Sports Academy 2011 Sport Artist of the Year,  has been donated to the collection of the Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA).

Known worldwide for his colorful paintings that depict a variety of sports, Rush presented the original work, titled “Right on Course,” to ASAMA after an anonymous benefactor purchased the painting to donate to the museum, where the work is now on permanent display.

Watson won the Masters championship at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia in both 2012 and 2014, becoming only the 17th golfer to win the tournament’s coveted green jack twice since the event began in 1934. Rush said “Right on Course” depicts Watson at a time when a new group of golfers would step into the spotlight previously occupied by the greats like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Jerry Pate. Continue reading

Olympic Gymnast Simone Biles Earns Academy’s 2016 Female Athlete of the Year Award

Simone Biles Award

United States Sports Academy 2016 Female Athlete of the Year Simone Biles, right, was recently presented the award by Academy non-resident faculty member Dr. Donn C. Renwick at the World Champions Centre in Spring, Texas.

The United States Sports Academy has presented Olympic gymnast Simone Biles with its Female Athlete of the Year Award for 2016.

Academy non-resident faculty member Dr. Donn C. Renwick recently presented Biles with the award at the World Champions Centre in Spring, Texas, the city in which she currently resides.

Biles, an American gymnast, won four gold medals and one bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Biles won gold with Team USA in the women’s team all-around and won individual gold in the women’s individual all-around, women’s vault, and the women’s floor exercise. Her bronze medal came in the women’s beam. She also won the gold medal in the all-around competition at the 2016 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships and won the all-around title at the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials in gymnastics with an overall two-day total of 123.25. Continue reading

Academy’s Gabarrón Mural Continues to Honor Jackie Robinson at 70th Anniversary of Breaking Color Barrier

Jackie Robinson Mural

“A Tribute to the Human Spirit,” by renowned Spanish artist Cristóbal Gabarrón was painted in 1997 in honor of the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in professional baseball and in celebration of the Academy’s 25th anniversary.

DAPHNE, Ala. — As Major League Baseball (MLB) this season celebrates the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking professional baseball’s color barrier, the United States Sports Academy honors Robinson’s legacy every day with a two-story mural on the side of its building in Daphne, Ala.

The mural, “Tribute to the Human Spirit,” has become a landmark on Mobile Bay’s Eastern Shore, where it has been seen by millions as they travel on U.S. Highway 98 through Daphne. The towering stylized baseball batter was painted on the face of the Academy’s main building in 1997 by the great Spanish artist Cristóbal Gabarrón in a dual celebration of the Academy’s 25th Anniversary the 50th Anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier.

One of the largest public offerings of art in the United States, the mural is one of the most visible and renowned pieces of art at the Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA).  Gabarrón, the Academy’s 1992 Sport Artist of the year, engaged the assistance of local school children in painting the work.

In 1947, Robinson took the field for the first time for the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African American player to participate in an MLB game. This year, MLB held several special activities on Jackie Robinson Day in April, including the unveiling of the Hall of Famer’s statue at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. In addition, MLB players wore Robinson’s number 42 during all league games that day. Continue reading

Academy Mourns the Loss of 2016 International Honorary Doctorate Recipient Hector Cardona

Hector Cardona

Sr. Hector F. Cardona, right, was presented the United States Sports Academy’s 2016 International Honorary Doctorate by Academy Trustee Dr. Gary Cunningham at the annual Awards of Sport program in November 2016.

DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of Héctor Cardona, recipient of the Academy’s 2016 International Honorary Doctorate. Cardona was an international leader instrumental in the success of sport in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Cardona, who lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, passed away at age 81 on 16 June 2017 after a brief illness.

In November 2016, Cardona visited the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala., for the Academy’s Awards of Sport program, where he received his International Honorary Doctorate from Academy Trustee Dr. Gary Cunningham. At that event, Cardona stressed the importance of sport in a global society. Continue reading

Academy Presents Honorary Doctorate to Founder Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, Names Art Gallery in His Honor

Dr. TP Rosandich

United States Sports Academy founder and President Emeritus Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, left, was presented the 2016 National Honorary Doctorate by Academy trustee Dr. Don C. Wukasch.

DAPHNE, Ala. – Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, Founding President of the United States Sports Academy and a long-time leader in sport and sport education around the globe, has been awarded a 2016 National Honorary Doctorate from the Academy, which also named its main art gallery in his honor.

Rosandich was presented the Honorary Doctorate by Academy trustee Dr. Don C. Wukasch during the Academy’s Awards of Sport program on campus on 10 November 2016.   Rosandich was lauded for his vision and service as Founding President of the Academy and for his leadership during 43 years as president.  He continues serving today as President Emeritus. Continue reading

B’Beth Weldon and met for lunch in Athens, Greece, with Greek artist Dr. Mina Papatheodorou Valyraki

Celebrated Artists Meet in Greece through United States Sports Academy

DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy and Founding President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich recently were able to bring together two celebrated artists usually separated by thousands of miles.  Fairhope, Ala., artist B’Beth Weldon, standing, met for lunch in Athens, Greece, with Greek artist Dr. Mina Papatheodorou Valyraki, at left.  Weldon serves on the Academy’s Art Committee and Valyraki was the Academy’s 2002 Sport Artist of the Year.  Also joining was Weldon’s daughter, Megan McGehee.  The artists became acquainted through their connection to Rosandich and the Academy; both artists have works on display in the Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) on the Academy campus in Daphne, Ala.  For more on the museum visit www.asama.org.

Artist Rick Rush Presents Original NASCAR Painting to United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives

Rick Rush Donation

Sport artist Rick Rush, right, presents his 2008 painting “Finishing Strong” to United States Sports Academy President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. T.J. Rosandich, left, and Academy founder and President Emeritus Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, center. The gift was funded by an anonymous benefactor and the painting is now displayed in the American Sport Art Museum & Archives on the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala.

DAPHNE, Ala. – World renowned sports painter Rick Rush said his 2008 painting, “Finishing Strong,” was created to capture a significant event in the history of auto racing: the changing of the guard from the days of Dale Earnhardt Sr. to today’s Jimmie Johnson-dominated NASCAR landscape.

The artist – known worldwide for his colorful paintings that depict a variety of sports – recently presented the original work to the United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA).  An anonymous benefactor purchased the painting to donate to the museum, where the work is now on permanent display.

In 2011, the Academy named Rush its Sport Artist of the Year in painting. The award is presented annually to an individual who captures the spirit and life of sport so that future generations can relive the drama of today’s competition.  Numerous pieces of Rush’s art depicting a wide range of sports grace the walls of ASAMA. Continue reading