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IMG Academy's Whitney Osuigwe Cruising with ITF Grade 1 Paraguay Title

Whitney Osuigwe with her trophy at the Asuncion Bowl in Paraguay. By Colette Lewis, USTA Florida junior tennis contributor Fourteen-year-old Whitney Osuigwe was born into tennis, with her father Desmond working as a coach at the IMG Academy in Bradenton for the past 19 years. After winning the Junior Orange Bowl 12s title in 2014, Osuigwe went on to capture the 14s Easter Bowl title and reach the final of the USTA 16s National Championships in 2015. Last year she turned her focus to International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Circuit events, with her ranking going from 413 to No. 111...

Is IMG Soccer Coach, Kevin Hartman, the Greatest MLS Goalkeeper of All Time?

FC Dallas goalkeeper, Kevin Hartman, pushes the ball wide for the save against the LA Galaxy. (Victor Decolongon / Stringer) Soccer blog, Everybody Soccer , released their list of the greatest MLS goalkeepers of all time on Monday. Sitting at the top in the number one spot is IMG Academy’s Director of Goalkeeping, Kevin Hartman – and we agree. Hartman played soccer for UCLA and then began his professional career in 1997 after being drafted by the LA Galaxy, where he played for ten years, followed by stints with the Kansas City Wizards, FC Dallas and New York Red Bulls....

Student-Athlete of the Week: Hunter James Dedicated to Giving Back and Hard Work in the Classroom and on the Court

IMG Academy student-athlete Hunter James is dedicated to his academics, his sport and giving back. The senior point guard for the Ascender boys basketball team was raised in Lafayette, Louisiana and came to Bradenton two years ago to attend boarding school at IMG. In the classroom, James boasts an impressive 4.6 GPA and challenges himself with a tough academic schedule. He enjoys learning about anatomy and physiology because there are always new studies and research being done to improve life. After graduating from IMG Academy, James would like to study pre-med at the United States Naval Academy and become a...

Ascenders Set 11 New School Records at Eastern HS Challenge Track Meet

The IMG Academy track & field program continued the indoor season this past Saturday, January 28 th at the Eastern High School Challenge in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Many athletes on the team competed very well and improved upon performances from earlier this indoor season. Individual success was the key to an impressive 4 th place finish out of 34 teams on the girl’s side of competition and a 7 th place finish out of 38 teams on the boy’s side of competition. Patrick Dougherty had an impressive individual victory in the boy’s 1000 meter run with a time of...

Ole Miss Excited About Upcoming Season With IMG Alum Greer Holston

By Chase Parham, Ole Miss Sports It's not often a top-200 prospect is overlooked among a group of newcomers, but such has been life for Greer Holston. At least until he actually stepped on the mound at Swayze Field. The Rebels' No. 1 recruiting class featured five top-100 prospects, depending on the publication, and Ryan Rolison and Will Ethridge were the popular names to make early pitching impacts. And while those two are certainly talented and also in contention, Holston has matched -- or maybe moved ahead -- of them to this point. "He’s probably, in all honesty, one of...

Is IMG's Jaravee Boonchant Thailand's Next Golf Star?

What started as a fun hobby for Jaravee Boonchant, may very well turn into a career for her in the near future. The seventeen-year-old is IMG Academy’s top female golfer and has the potential to be Thailand’s next star. Boonchant left Thailand several years ago and enrolled in IMG Academy’s boarding school program where she now lives and trains. When she’s not in class or socializing with friends, Boonchant is training in one of IMG Academy’s state-of-the-art facilities, like the Cool Clubs Tour Studio or Performance Center. “It’s been nice to have my own independence and it’s been the perfect...

IMG Lacrosse Coach, Jason Basso, Receives Bill Bjorness Coaches Award

Morgan Liber/IMG Academy On Thursday, IMG Academy held their first annual Bill Bjorness Award Ceremony, in memory of their past employee and friend, Bill Bjorness. The Bill Bjorness Coaches Award recognizes a coach who has gone above and beyond to deliver a great program and experience for campers at IMG Academy. Lacrosse coach and defensive coordinator, Jason Basso, received this year’s award. Basso practices each day the IMG way, with an open mind, passionate soul, absolute integrity, champion’s spirit and a helpful heart. Tyler Melling, Lacrosse Sport Advisor, said, “Jason is what we look for in a coach. He is...

First Female Israeli Golfer, Laetitia Beck, Returns to IMG to Prepare for Best Year Yet

Laetitia Beck practices her swing at IMG Academy. (Morgan Liber/IMG Academy) IMG Academy alum, Laetitia Beck, was back on campus this week training with the IMG golf coaching staff. Coming off of a career-high finish of 8th overall at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, Beck is feeling confident going into her next competition, the Australian Open. “I was excited. Finishing 8th was my best finish so far," Beck said. "I just started my 3rd year. And in the past I put myself in the same position and was never really able to finish strong . This time, I finished...

NeuroTracker is Secret Weapon for IMG and Super Bowl-Bound Matt Ryan

IMG Academy train their vision and cognitive skills with NeuroTracker. Super Bowl-bound quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, Matt Ryan, has had a MVP-caliber season. His secret weapon? Cognitive training device, NeuroTracker, which is no stranger to the athletes and trainees at IMG Academy. NeuroTracker is a TV-sized device that helps athletes train their situational awareness and decision-making abilities through 3D multiple object tracking at increasing difficulties. IMG Academy’s Mental Conditioning and Vision Coach, David DaSilva, explains the training method in the video below. Ryan started using NeuroTracker in 2015 and says that it has increased his ‘spatial awareness’ and allows...

It's Sun, Sand and Soccer for 17 Pro Teams at IMG Academy

DC United players training at IMG Academy. (@DCUnited/Twitter) ‘Tis the season for sun, sand, and soccer! The fourth annual IMG Suncoast Pro Classic is underway at IMG Academy. The soccer event hosts various MLS and international men’s teams from around the world each year, and this one is no different. Jönköping Södra IF has come all the way from Sweden to train at IMG Academy from Jan 30 to Feb 11. This is the third consecutive year that the team has chosen IMG Academy as their preseason training home. They have brought along 24 players and 10 coaches and trainers,...

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