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Q&A: Vince Walden Breeding Toughness At IMG Academy For DICK'S Nationals

With the long season in the rearview mirror and the bright lights of DICK'S Sporting Goods High School Nationals waiting, it's hard not to like your team's chances. After all, the work and sacrifice it took to get to this point is over. It's time to throw it up and fight for a title. At No. 3 IMG Academy (FL), it's business as usual right now. The Ascenders, at 26-1 and the No. 2 seed in the tournament, are locked in and will not be changing their approach at this point. Head coach Vince Walden won't let it happen. When...

IMG Academy Holds Career Fair to Fill 250+ Positions

On Thursday, IMG Academy hosted a free career fair on their campus in Bradenton, Fla. Over 400 potential job candidates attended looking to fill one of IMG Academy's 250 open full-time, part-time and seasonal positions. Departments with open positions included Athletics, Operations, Marketing and Sales. Looking for a job that you'll love, but missed the career fair? Click here to find more opportunities!

Three Things that Student-Athletes Interested in IMG Academy Should be Prepared For

Vice President and Head of School at IMG Academy, Chris Locke, explains three things that student-athletes interested in attending IMG Academy should be prepared for, that makes the school so unique. With student-athletes from all 50 states and over 80 different countries around the world, IMG Academy is one of the most diverse schools in the nation. This diversity creates an inspiring environment that promotes understanding and learning of new cultures, and helps students make lifelong friends from all around the world. Students should also be prepared to compete on a daily basis. At IMG Academy, there is competition in...

Matt Kuchar & Family Camp with IMG Academy

PGA Tour member Matt Kuchar, his wife Sybi and their two kids recently enjoyed some time at IMG Academy. Matt and Sybi played tennis in IMG Academy’s adult program, while their children trained in a variety of sports, including basketball and soccer. Kuchar also took some time to meet and conduct a Q&A with IMG’s golf campers. To learn more about IMG Academy's adult & family programs, click here. For more information about IMG's youth camp offerings, click here.

IMG Academy earns No. 2 seed for DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals

The IMG Academy National Varsity Ascenders basketball team (26-1) achieved another program milestone this week when it was announced on Wed., Mar. 15 that the team was selected to participate in the DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals. The Ascenders are ranked No. 4 in the latest USA Today Super25, and will compete as the No. 2 seed in the tournament, which takes place Mar. 30 – Apr. 1 at Christ the King High School in Middle Village, N.Y. Their selection marks the first time in program history to be selected for the prestigious event. IMG Academy (2) will take...

IMG Academy Golf Has Successful Weekend at HJGT College Prep Series

Giulia Lombardo, Kokoro Ouchi and Jiayi Chen (from left to right) with their 2nd, 1st and 3rd place trophies at the HJGT College Prep Series Tournament. This weekend, IMG Academy golf student-athletes competed at the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour College Prep Series tournament at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. In the girls U13 division, Kokoro Ouchi, Giulia Lombardo, Jiayi Chen and Honglin Lu took 1 st , 2 nd , 3 rd and 4 th place respectively. In the boys 11-13 division, thirteen-year-old Tiger Christensen took 1 st place, while his classmate, Zhengyi Liu, finished third. Freshman...

Up & Coming Soccer Star, Indiana Vassilev, Thrives at IMG Academy

IMG's soccer star, Indiana Vassilev, is creating buzz in the soccer world and he's just 16. His parents, originally from Bulgaria, moved to the U.S. and settled in Savannah, Georgia, where the soccer standout was born. Looking to improve his game, Vassilev knew he would need to go outside of the state to find a place where he could take his training to the next level. He found exactly what he was looking for at IMG Academy. To start your journey at IMG Academy, click here. To learn more about IMG Academy soccer camps, click here.

Put Points on the Board with the Jump Stop Floater

Take your game to the next level with the jump stop floater. This move, explained by IMG Academy basketball coach, Vince Walden, is an effective maneuver for getting a quick shot off in the paint. Focusing on a strong outside hand, protecting the ball and having great verticality will help players to put their shots away every time. For more basketball moves, drills and tips, fill out the form below. To learn more about IMG Academy's basketball camps, click here.

Crush the competition AND ace the exams this year!

IMG Academy offers sports camps, plus education, in a training program tailored to fit your specific needs. Whether you’re looking to get a head start to the school year or improve your college entrance standing, we aim to give every athlete the opportunity to succeed on and off the court, field or track. We employ a mix of critical thinking strategies, test-taking tips and topic-specific lessons to ensure that every athlete leaves feeling prepared for the test. Athletes can balance a half a day of premiere athletic training with a half day of test prep during any of our camp...

Think big: 6'9", 396-pound Daniel Faalele has coaches drooling—and he's never played a down

Daniel Faalele (6'9", 396 lbs) stands between teammates, Taron Vincent (6'2", 290 lbs on left) and TJ Pledger (5'8", 195 lbs on right). (Jeffery A. Salter / Sports Illustrated) By Andy Staples, Sports Illustrated As the IMG Academy football team practiced one sweltering day last August, its newest member arrived after a very long trip. With 22 seniors who would earn scholarships to FBS schools, the academy players were a hard bunch to impress. They'd heard tales of this Australian who had never played football, a high school junior who stood 6'9", wore size-18 shoes and weighed a few plates...

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