MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the United States Sports Academy (USSA) on Wednesday evening sealed a partnership through the signing of a Protocol for Cooperation at Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City.
In a press conference after the signing, USSA president and chief executive Dr. Thomas J. Rosandich cited the academy's mission to serve as a resource for the development of sports in the US and the world.
"We have taught programs to over 65 countries. This partnership is part of our mission," said Rosandich, who added that the USSA focuses on education, research, and service.
PSC chairman William Ramirez expressed his gratitude to Rosandich, who also served as one of the keynote speakers in the 2017 International Conference on Physical Education, Recreation, Fitness and Sports Science that opened at The Royal Mandaya Hotel.
For Ramirez, the partnership with the USSA will benefit the PSC and the Philippine Sports Institute (PSI) in its goal of strengthening elite sports and grassroots sports programs.
According to the Protocol of Cooperation, USSA shall:
- Work with government entities and organizations designated by PSC to contribute to the development of national sports effort;
- Utilize its expertise to review and submit reccomendations with respect to the education and training employed by the PSC and its affiliates such as the PSI in the conduct of national sport initiative;
- Provide the education and training programs to individuals and groups that the PSC will identify in consultation with the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Philippine Olympic Committee, Department of the Interior and Local Government and national sports associations.
The USSA will also assess and submit recommendations to sports program support; work with designated PSC or government entity to develop programs of sports related to cultural exchanges, and assist PSC in the implementation of strategies of cooperation.
"The ball is with us... the journey was difficult, rough and bumpy. But I can see that at the end of the term of the president we can answer his mantra in making sports accessible to the periphery," Ramirez said.
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