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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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From IMG Student to Soccer Pro: Dallas Jaye Returns to Campus to Train with FC Cincinnati

Dallas Jaye trains with FC Cincinnati at IMG Academy. (Morgan Liber / IMG Academy) In 2007, Dallas Jaye left California and enrolled as a freshman at IMG Academy. During his time at IMG, he attended boarding school, was a goalkeeper for the Ascenders and the US Soccer Developmental Academy team and was named the 2010 USSFDA National Goalkeeper of the Year. Jaye went on to play soccer for the South Florida Bulls, and then a year at Xavier University in Cincinnati, both of which he said he felt very prepared for. He said, “I think IMG Academy is a simulation...
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IMG Alum Michael Parkhurst Reflects on Time at IMG While Training on Campus

IMG Academy alum, Michael Parkhurst, trains at IMG during Atlanta United FC's first-ever preseason. (Twitter / @ATLUTD) Atlanta United FC spent their first preseason as an MLS team training at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. For two weeks, the team trained, ate and slept at IMG's world-class facilities, to which Atlanta United FC midfielder Chris McCann said, "the facilities here are first class, the guys have been excellent, and the sessions put on have been tough." Michael Parkhurst, Atlanta United FC defender, was back on campus after attending IMG Academy's boarding school program. He said, "It's always good to be...
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Sneak Peek At How IMG Academy, The Gatorade Sports Science Institute & The NBA Gatorade League Work Together

As the NBA Developmental League transitions to the NBA Gatorade League , we took a behind-the-scenes look at IMG Academy's Gatorade Sports Science Institute lab. The GSSI Lab will be working with all 25 NBA Developmental teams starting next season. The GSSI lab at IMG Academy is one of two such labs in the world. Here, athletes can undergo a series of advanced tests to determine their current level of performance and how they can optimize their efforts. The scientists at the Bradenton lab study the effects of nutrition on the human body before, during and after exercise, and how...
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IMG Alum Ryan Harrison beats Nikoloz Basilashvili to Win First ATP Title at Memphis Open

Quinn Rooney / Getty Images Associated Press Ryan Harrison served up the ace that won his first career ATP World Tour title, and then stuck both hands over his head, pointing index fingers skyward in celebration. A tour title. Finally. Better yet, Harrison won before family, friends and supporters who watched him grow up in Shreveport, Louisiana, on a court at the tennis club he knew intimately before ever playing his first professional match here. Harrison beat Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Memphis Open at The Racquet Club. "It's always special to win a...
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Ascenders Have Successful Long Weekend on the Course

Giulia Lombardo, Kokoro Ouchi and Ottavia Lombardo (from left to right) pose with their trophies at the HJGT 54 Hole Challenge at Innisbrook IMG Academy golf competed at several tournaments over the weekend, and took home a total of 11 first through third place trophies. At the AJGA ANNIKA Invitational in Reunion, Fla. on Friday, junior Ya Chun Chang of Taiwan, carded three birdies on the back nine to finish solo third with 5-under-par 211. Rino Sasaki, a senior from Japan, shot a 1-under-par 215 to tie for eleventh. In Palm Harbor, Fla., IMG senior Tomas Millet of Barcelona, Spain,...
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A Rising Serbian Tennis Star Gets His Footing in Florida

Miomir Kecmanovic, 17, who is known as Misha, at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., in January. He moved to Florida from Serbia in 2013, and finished his junior career ranked No. 1. (Eve Edelheit / The New York Times) By David Waldstein, The New York Times Miomir Kecmanovic first came to the United States from Serbia with his aunt in late August 2013. Misha, as he is known, was only 13, and everything, it seemed, was different. The Florida air was thick, hot and hard to breathe. The language and food were unusual, and they did not have a...
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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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