It is my pleasure to introduce you to our hosts of Transition #24 for the inaugural GCI Relay 2013: The United States Sports Academy!
Located in Daphne, Alabama, the United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and the 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. They provide Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral programs as well as continuing education.
Founded in 1972, the Academy is the only freestanding, accredited sports university in the country. It is the largest graduate school of sport education in the world and has provided sport education to more than 65 nations. The school is dedicated to sport art with its American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) and boasts one of the largest collections of sport art in the world. They pay tribute annually to those who have made significant contributions to sports and since 1984 they’ve celebrated “the artist and the athlete.” What’s more, the Academy helps more than 70% of its graduates gain jobs in the sports industry, which is more than double the rate of graduates in other social science fields.
The Academy is generously providing parking, bathroom and shower access and volunteers! And all you runners can feel free to take a snooze in their parking lot if you wish! Below is a sampling of the beautiful art in their collection.