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.