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IMG Academy Launches Girls Lacrosse Program

Today IMG Academy announced it will add a girls lacrosse program in 2017- 2018. Applications are now being accepted for the fall of 2017. In addition to the boarding and day school program, the Academy will also offer a 14-week camp schedule for girls. The fall season will include participation in non-scholastic tournaments and college recruiting showcases. The varsity team will compete in the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) in the spring and will feature a schedule with both in-and out-of-state competition. “With our growing role in the lacrosse community and early success of our boys program, we’ve received...
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China's Bonkid Youth Players Enjoy Two Weeks of Baseball Training at IMG Academy Camp

Coach Shelby works on throwing fundamentals with the Bonkid baseball players. (Morgan Liber/IMG Academy) For the past two weeks, six athletes from the Bonkid Baseball Club, the largest youth baseball league in China, have been enjoying their camp experience at IMG Academy. The campers traveled from Beijing to Bradenton so that they could train with IMG Academy's baseball staff in the sunny and warm weather, something that China does not have much of this time of year. Sophia Zhang, Co-Founder of the Bonkid Baseball Club, accompanied the group of campers on their trip. She said, "The baseball coaches here have...
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IMG Track & Field Closes Out Successful Regular Season at TFCUSA Indoor National Championship

IMG Track & Field sprinters after the 200m race. (Instagram/@IMGAtrack_field) The IMG Academy track & field program finished the regular indoor season this past Sunday, February 12 th at the TFCUSA Indoor National Championship in Birmingham, Alabama. Yet again, huge strides were made with individual and team progress. Veteran leadership led to a very impressive 1 st place finish in both the girl’s and boy’s 17-18 year-old division of competition. The IMG Academy girls’ team brought a lot of depth to the team aspect of the meet. Sara Absten continued the IMG academy record breaking streak with a personal best...
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How IMG's ESL Course Changed Running Back Juntoku Koda's Life for the Better

Juntoku Koda, originally from Tokyo, Japan, arrived at IMG Academy speaking little to no English. Now, a junior running back for the Ascenders, Koda speaks English fluently in conversations with his teachers, coaches, teammates and friends. Watch the video above to learn more about Koda's experience at IMG Academy. To learn more about IMG Academy's football + education camps, click here.
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Osuigwe Wins Second Consecutive G1 Title at Banana Bowl

IMG Academy’s Whitney Osuigwe took home her second consecutive grade 1 title on Saturday at the 47 th Banana Bowl in Brazil. The 14-year-old upset the No. 10-ranked Emily Appleton 7-5, 6-4. Osuigwe said, “I lost a little focus when I was losing by 3-2 and she managed to win two games to open 5-2. But then I started focusing a lot on myself and what I had to do, and I won the match." This is Osuigwe’s second huge victory in the past two weeks. Last week, she beat Draginja Vukovic 6-3, 6-2 to win the grade 1 Asuncion...
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Ascenders Give Back to Their Community with Special Olympics

When they’re not in the classroom, or out practicing their sport, you can often find IMG Academy student-athletes giving back to their community. Most recently, IMG Academy partnered with Special Olympics Florida – Manatee County to provide sports training to children and adults 8 years of age and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Ascenders have been volunteering their time with the Special Olympics since 2012, and will have helped with over 30 practices just this year by May 2017. More than 30 Special Olympics athletes are participating this year in the activities, which include tennis, soccer, flag football,...
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Cesar Ruiz Credits IMG Academy for Easy Transition at Michigan

Casey Brooke Lawson / IMG Academy By Josh Newkirk, Scout.com Cesar Ruiz isn’t your typical freshman. No, Ruiz is already seasoned in the rigors of campus life. How so? Well, before Ruiz enrolled at Michigan this January, he spent his previous two years staring at Bradenton’s (Fla.) IMG Academy, which recruits nationally, selecting all-stars like Ruiz to come play at its campus just south of Tampa in a “college” like environment. “When I first got here it felt like I was IMG at some other campus,” Ruiz said, who grew up in Camden (N.J.) “And I felt like I had...
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IMG Soccer Alum, Cherif Dieye, Named to 2016 All-ACC Academic Men's Soccer Team

Photo: University of Louisville Sports Information Freshman midfielder for the University of Louisville’s men’s soccer team and IMG Academy alum, Cherif Dieye, was named to the 2016 All-ACC Academic Men’s Soccer Team, as announced by Commissioner John Swofford on Tuesday. Dieye closed out his first collegiate soccer season ranked second for the Cardinals with five goals, one of which got Louisville the win over Ohio State on October 18. He appeared in all 22 games in the 2016 season. To be named to the All-ACC Academic Men’s Soccer team, a player must finish the semester with at least a 3.0...
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IMG's Combine Training Program Preps 24 NFL Draft Prospects

Former Florida Gator, Alex Anzalone, trains with IMG Academy's performance coaches. (Gabriel Saint Malo/IMG Academy) As the NFL Combine is approaching, many top prospects look to attend specialized combine training programs to make sure they're at their best. After all, it is the biggest job interview of their lives. IMG Academy's combine training program attracts some of the best talent from across the nation to work with their team of football and performance experts at their state-of-the-art facilities in Bradenton, Florida. This years group includes 24 elite athletes, including Josh Dobbs, Kareem Hunt and David Sharpe. While they had several...
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IMG Baseball Alumnus, Nick Patten, Named to Top 40 First Baseman List

Photo by: Mark Campbell, University of Delaware Athletics Photos By BlueHens.com University of Delaware sophomore Nick Patten (Butler, Pa./IMG Academy) was selected as one of the top 40 first basemen in the nation at the NCAA Division I level, by D1Baseball.com. Slotting in at number 37, Patten was the top selection among Colonial Athletic Association first basemen. “It’s a great honor for Nick to be selected the 37 th best first baseman in the country by D1 Baseball. He’s worked extremely hard in the off-season on his game. He’s got big league power and is a pro-style first baseman. We’re...

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