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Every week, IMG Academy’s campus is buzzing with news. Whether it’s our student’s academic honors and athletic successes, alumni across the country making their alma mater proud, professional athletes and teams training amongst our campers, or events that attract sports fans from near and far – IMG Academy is a thrilling place, and we’d like to share it with you!

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Student Athlete of the Week: Juan Carlos Vidales (Boys Soccer)

Juan Carlos Vidales has incredible experience as a soccer player, as he's been competing for over 15 years. Vidales chose IMG Academy to further his game and because he could "further his athletic career." As a senior, Vidales earns this week's Student Athlete of the Week. He recognizes that IMG Academy has made him "more responsible and independent," even though the course load and schedule remains challenging. Congratulations for Vidales on his accomplishments has he prepares to enter the next level! Get to know Juan: Hometown: Laredo, TX How many years playing soccer: 15 years Coach: Drew Hoffman Position: Goalkeeper...
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2018 Football Schedule Reveals Top Competition for the Blue and White

The IMG Academy Football Program has unveiled the 2018 fall schedules for the Varsity Blue and White teams. The IMG Academy Varsity Blue team is led by Head Coach Kevin Wright in his fourth season at IMG, and is looking to extend a nearly four-season 38-game winning streak dating back to 2014. The team will take on another challenging slate of games from coast-to-coast headlined by a matchup against the defending national champion Mater Dei Monarchs of California who amassed a perfect 15-0 record in 2017. Other marquee matchups on the schedule include the likes of Alabama 7A state champion...
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Student Athlete of the Week: Wendy Guan (Basketball)

Originally from Taiwan, Wendy Guan took full advantage of the opportunities in Bradenton and continues to shine as an Ascender. As this week's Student Athlete of the Week, we've learned more about her involvement on campus and her passion for basketball, photography, and school! Guan chose IMG Academy because "the integration of academics and sports is hard to find anywhere else, and [she] didn't have to give up one or the other by coming here." Guan is a member of Key Club, National Honors Society (NHS), and Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC.) She's also enjoying volunteering for the special olympics...
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First IMG Academy Football Alumnus and NFL Combine and Pathway Players Selected in 2018 NFL Draft

IMG Academy trainees in the NFL Pre-Combine/Draft Training and NFL Pathway programs were well represented during the 2018 NFL Draft held in Dallas, Texas on April 26-28, 2018. In total, 14 trainees joined NFL rosters either by Draft selection or through Rookie Free Agency (RFA). Most notably, Bo Scarbrough became the first-ever alumnus of the IMG Academy Varsity Football program to hear his named called in the Draft. Scarbrough, a member of the IMG Academy 2014 signing class who played collegiately for the University of Alabama and was a member of the Crimson Tide’s last two national championship teams, was...
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Toronto Argonauts Return to IMG Academy After Securing CFL's Grey Cup Title

This year's Toronto Argonauts' mini camp marks the fourth consecutive preseason training held at IMG Academy, but this year's return holds more importance than ever before, as the team went on to secure the 105th Grey Cup in 2017 following their workout in Bradenton last April. Their title marked the 17th win for the program, with their last win coming in 2012. The Grey Cup remains the Canadian Football League (CFL)'s highest honor, as it's a contest between the winners of the East and West divisional playoffs of the CFL. Now, training has come full circle , and the Argos...
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Student Athlete of the Week: Claire Mills (Girls Lacrosse)

Claire Mills joined IMG Academy as a member of the inaugural girls lacrosse team, and she's made a lasting impact on the community around her. Mills committed to play lacrosse at Johns Hopkins University upon graduation, and she's been making every moment last as a senior. This week, she earns Student Athlete of the Week, as she's impressed her coaches, teachers, and advisors with her hard work. Mills believes IMG Academy "has taught [her] many lessons, like the importance of time management and hard work." Thankful to her parents for providing her the opportunity to achieve her dreams from Bradenton,...
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Basketball Program Building off Success From Around the Globe

Three NBA Draft announcements, a Europe trip to compete internationally, 11 March Madness appearances in 2018. IMG Academy basketball program's accomplishments this year alone rival high school and even collegiate programs around the world. Year after year, the program strives for success, challenging players who enter the program to achieve their dreams and to exceed even their greatest expectations. Most recently, Anfernee Simons (2018), Trevon Duval (2017), and Bruno Fernando (2017) individually declared for the upcoming NBA Draft. Each of these players captured the crowd with their styles of play and showcased their talents from the IMG Academy campus. We...
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Student Athletes Commit to the Next Level During NLI Signing Day Ceremony

The 2018 National Signing Day period opened today, April 11, 2018, and IMG Academy took this opportunity to celebrate student-athletes who committed to the next level. Teammates, coaches, teachers, family, and friends supported all of today's signees, who were able to sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI) during the Signing Day Ceremony. Wednesday's event featured Baseball, Boys Basketball, Golf, Boys Lacrosse, Boys Tennis, and Track & Field. The full list of signees included: Baseball Leyton Barry - University of Texas, San Antonio Boys Basketball Jayden Hardaway - University of Memphis Golf Ya Chun Chang - University of Arizona Natheethorn...
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The Ins and Outs of Becoming a Better Tennis Player

Becoming a better tennis player might start with learning how to strike a better forehand, purchasing a newer racquet, or tweaking your backhand grip. But, is there more to the game? Simply put, yes. The recipe for getting better at tennis incorporates several aspects of the game, from your mentality to strength and conditioning to tennis nutrition and planning and more! Selecting the right tournament schedule that suites your game yet also challenges you while taking the time to fine-tune your mental toughness and work ethic might seem difficult, but the experts at IMG Academy have countless years of sorting...

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