SPORTS ART INTERNATIONAL MISSION STATEMENT
Sports Art International's mission is to bring prominence and attention to the art and artists inspired by the competition and competitors who make the World of Sports exciting and unifying for everyone.
Daryl Lassen, CEO and originator of Sports Art International, is a man with a passion for competition and sports plus an ingrained love and appreciation for all forms of art. But, above all Daryl is captivated with the beauty and energy exemplified by sports art. Sports Art International is the culmination of years of planning to unite in one place sporting events and festivals celebrating sports and art that depicts the splendor and integrity of sports.
Daryl is a teacher, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, competitor and visionary. He was raised in a family that honored tradition and history and promoted the love and joy of competition.
Daryl believes that "LUCK" is the meeting of expectation and opportunity. He has had his SAI domain name for almost 20 years. He has kept the passion and vision alive and believes that because of his closeness to athletics, his innate affinity for the arts, and his managerial skills, he now has an opportunity to do something unique and make a contribution to the world of sports. He loves thinking "outside of the box" and is noted for his unusual approach. Daryl brings enthusiasm to whatever he does. He knows how to focus on his goals and stay on course.
You who share his love of sports and art can help make Sports Art International a reality.
Daryl attended three high schools that shaped and refined his desire for physical competition. The first was Western High in Anaheim California where Tiger Woods also attended. His family then owned and operated a 40 acre orchard in Zillah, Washington where he was the high school track team of one. The family then moved to Phoenix, Arizona and Daryl graduated from Cortez High School where Alice Cooper began his career.
He attended Phoenix College on a track and field scholarship and was on both the 1964 and 1965 NJCAA track champion teams with one of the highest individual point totals for both teams. He then went on to Arizona State University, graduating with honors. Ultimately he achieved an M.A. in Health Science and Fitness from San Diego State University while teaching middle school in El Cajon, CA, and moonlighting in various sports and construction related positions. Living on the Pacific, Daryl embraced surfing and scuba diving, adding yet two more athletic activities to his repertoire.
Daryl married his sweetheart, Lynn in 1978 and they have three children: Justin, Erik and Elaine. As a family they have participated in many years of community service and church work.
While continuing his teaching career at the high school and later college level at San Diego State University (SDSU), Daryl went on to earn an M.S. in Counseling. He was eventually chosen as a mentor lead teacher and ultimately selected for a team of science teacher researchers at SDSU. He was selected for Who's Who in American Teachers three times. Daryl also was a successful cross–country and track coach at the junior to college level for almost 25 years.
Never one to avoid challenging himself, Daryl started a construction business building spec homes and investing in land. Eventually he retired in the beautiful central mountain area of Arizona after over 40 years in education. While in retirement in Arizona, Daryl decided to fight the downturn in the economy a little more and was hired by Yavapai County as part of the National Carol M. White Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement grant to help promote academic achievement through activity during the classroom hours--a revolutionary paradigm change in education.
Retirement has allowed Daryl to pursue his passions. He is an art collector and amateur wood-working artist. He dabbles in piano and guitar, loves archaeological research, and plays tennis and golf. He loves hiking in the southwest and researching southwest Indian cultures.