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PBR Bull Riders Go Head-to-Head with IMG Student-Athletes in Competitions on Campus

Six athletes from Professional Bull Riders (PBR) are on IMG Academy's campus this week training with IMG's performance team, and decided to challenge IMG’s student-athletes to some friendly competitions. On Thursday, IMG Academy boys lacrosse attacker Tehoka Nanticoke met up with the PBR trainees to teach them some lacrosse basics, like how to cradle and pass and catch on the run. The athletes then put their newly-learned skills to the test in a game of 3 vs 3 with Nanticoke. The trainees followed up their lacrosse lesson with a penalty kick contest against sophomore goalkeepers and 16 developmental academy players...

Kavita Akula's Incredible Basketball Journey

By Aishwarya Kumar, In a country where many aspire to become a cricketer, doctor or engineer, Kavita Akula decided to take a much different path. She aimed for a career in basketball, a sport with a low profile in India. When she was young, Akula often rode with her brother on a blue bicycle three kilometers across her hometown of Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, for practice at the town's only court. Born into a family of basketball players - her aunt and stepbrother also played the sport -- Akula was picked to represent her state in a national 14-and-under tournament when...

IMG Academy and Professional Bull Riders come together to Walk the Walk for Miracle League of Manasota

During the week of April 24, the entire IMG Academy campus participated in the community service initiative, Walk the Walk (WTW). Celebrated annually, WTW is a tradition among all divisions of WME | IMG, and at IMG Academy, student-athletes, staff, faculty and coaches all join in for a series of events and activities over the span of a week. This year, Walk the Walk was highlighted by the Miracle League All-Star Game at the IMG Academy Baseball Stadium. At the event, everyone welcomed the participation of a group of six athletes from Professional Bull Riders (PBR) who were on campus...

Twenty-five IMG Academy trainees on the clock for 2017 NFL Draft

With the 2017 National Football League Draft set to get underway in Philadelphia, Pa., 25 IMG Academy trainees are among those looking to hear their names called. Each of them participated in the IMG Academy Pre-Combine/Draft Training program, working with IMG Academy’s experienced team of coaches to maximize their development ahead of the NFL Combine and Pro Days to elevate their stock. Players to train at IMG Academy ahead of the Draft include: Josh Dobbs – QB – University of Tennessee Travis Rudolph – WR – Florida State University Josh Reynolds – WR – Texas A&M University Stanley “Boom” Williams...

National Golf Day: Thai Golfer Kanyanat “Guitar” Saithip Makes Strides at IMG Academy

Last week, Suncoast News Network spoke with IMG Academy student-athlete Kanyanat Saithip, also known as “Guitar”, about her journey from Thailand to Bradenton, Fla., to now being the number 51-ranked junior girl golfer in the world. Saithip recently qualified for the Symetra Tour Sara Bay Classic. To learn more about IMG’s golf program, click here. To register for a golf camp, click here. Catch the rest of the "Making A Champion" series videos from Suncoast News Network here.

IMG Academy Football Kicks Off Spring Ball on Monday

The IMG Academy football program kicks off their off-season play at their first Spring practice on Monday at 3:30pm at IMG Academy. The Ascenders will then hold ten additional practices before their Spring game against East Ridge High School on Thursday, May 18 at 7pm. For more information about IMG’s football program, click here. To register for a football camp at IMG, click here.

How Trigger Point is Helping IMG Academy Athletes Recover and Regenerate from the Daily Grind

Putting your body through the ringer during training means you’ll need an equally tough foam roller to help you work out the post-exercise kinks. At IMG Academy, our team of performance experts incorporate Trigger Point therapy into our athletes’ training programs before and after their workouts. All of the muscles in the body are connected by fascia which surrounds the tissue, nerves, organs, and all other structures in the body. This fascia can become unhealthy from overuse, injury, or just everyday repetitive movement. Trigger Point foam rollers help to circulate fresh, oxygenated blood through the body to keep fascia healthy,...

2017 Path to the Pros: Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M WR and IMG Trainee

By Former Texas A&M receiver Josh Reynolds didn't have a single FBS offer coming out of high school. So how did he wind up leaving A&M with the third-most receiving yards in program history? Simple: hard work. Click here to watch the full Path to the Pros series on For more information about IMG's pro and collegiate training programs, click here. Photo: Gabriel Saint Malo, IMG Academy

TENNIS: Kecmanovic dominates opponent in Sarasota Open

By Jim Brockman, Herald-Tribune Correspondent Miomir Kecmanovic’s learning curve appears to be accelerating at the speed of light. It was just four months ago that the powerful 17-year-old became the first tennis player since 2011 to win both prestigious junior titles at the Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl tournaments in the same year. After snaring his second straight Orange Bowl crown in Miami last December, Kecmanovic announced he was going to focus on the pro tennis circuit. Following his performance in the first round of singles play Tuesday at the $100,000 Sarasota Open, you might wonder why he waited until...

Carving His Own Path, Korda To Make Challenger Debut

Sebastian Korda, son of former World No. 2 Petr Korda, is embarking on his ATP Challenger Tour journey in Sarasota. By Sebastian Korda’s wild card into the 2017 Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open is a combination of family, firsts and reminiscing. The 16 year old is the son of Petr Korda, who climbed to No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings in 1998 and accumulated 10 ATP World Tour titles during his career. Sebastian, who trains down the road at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, is making his ATP Challenger Tour debut this week and remarkably took his first...

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