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IMG Academy's Insight on Improving SAT and ACT Scores

Standardized tests – the few days out of the school year where normal routines come to a halt and multiple choice tests seem to span for what seems like the length of a novel. Instead of dreading this break in the action, what if you knew from the get-go that you could knockout the questions and had the confidence that you would nail that final essay question. Just like hitting that buzzer-beating three point shot or clinching the third-set tiebreak, the SAT and ACT may seem like nail-biters. But, IMG Academy’s proven structure and focused instruction ensures that student-athletes are...

IMG Academy Lacrosse Coach to Represent Iroquois National Team

IMG Academy Lacrosse Coach Mark Burnam recently earned a title formerly lacking from his extensive yet impressive resume - Iroquois National Team Head Coach for the 2018 FIL Men’s Lacrosse World Championship . From July 12th through 21st, Burnam, or "Red," will lead the team he's once been a member of, a team he's held close to heart since he first held a stick. "I love the game and am so passionate about it," Red said. "I've been a member of the program and now the head coach of the program, so I've seen so much of the evolution of...

Within the Gates of IMG Academy Via VICE Sports

In a recently published story, VICE Sports explored life at IMG Academy through the eyes of Nico Mejia and Emiliana Arango, two junior tennis players from Colombia with sights set on competing at the top. One practically grew up with racket in hand while the other learned in time that her passion lay within the lines of the court. Through this story, VICE Sports explains the varied mindsets of two completely unique athletes who have ultimately the same goals and outlook: A bit about Mejia: "Mejia's father, Gustavo, was an avid amateur player in Colombia, and his sister Gabriela was...

IMG Academy Football Slates Six into Under Armour All-American Game

Six IMG Academy football players represented a unique jersey as they took part in the 2017 Under Armor All-American High School Football Jersey Presentation by American Family Insurance. Daniel Faalele, Houston Griffith, Verdis Brown, Curtis Dunlap Jr., and Ayodele Adcyoe accepted their honorary jerseys at IMG Academy in Bradenton today. The program's six athletes will compete in the Under Armour All-America Game on January 4, 2018 in Orlando, FL. at Camping World Stadium, which will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. EST. The national American Family Insurance Selection Tour recognizes the work ethic and talent of the athletes who...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Excelling in October

Over the weekend, Ascenders competed near and far to represent the blue and the white and to showcase their talents across the board. With highlights on the football field to tennis players dominating abroad through their individual tournament draws, the IMG Academy family came home with notable accomplishments all around. Below are the highlights from this first full weekend in October: Football: The IMG Academy Blue team defeated Venice 38-12 during their away game on Friday to improve their record to a solid 5-0. #18 Zack Annexstad's 21 yard pass to #7 Brian Hightower completed for the first touchdown of...

IMG Academy's Track and Field and Cross Country Programs Showcased Around the World and Locally

IMG Academy Cross Country Local Results: The IMG Academy cross-country program competed in the FL Runners Invitational at Holloway Park in Lakeland, FL. on Saturday, September 30th. Over 1,400 runners competed, making this event the largest event in Florida. Mariana Valencia, Mikayla Bolles, Phoebe Serpell and Monica Leandro competed in the unseeded small school division to represent the Ascenders. The IMG Academy distance squad represented well as a team, with Valencia finishing in 7 th place with a time of 23:05.19, Bolles finishing in 14 th with a time of 23:19.62, Serpell finishing 29 th with a time of 24:49.62,...

IMG Academy Soccer Alumnus Named To Saudi Arabia Men's National Team

IMG Academy alumnus Faris Abdi was among the 34 players called in for the Saudi Arabia Men’s National Team friendly against Jamaica and Ghana on October 7th and 10th, respectively. Abdi signed with the University of Virginia men’s soccer program prior to graduating from IMG Academy in 2017. As a senior at IMG, Abdi was named the 2016-17 IMG Academy Soccer Program MVP. During his career in Bradenton, Abdi showed his true potential and all-around qualities both towards his academics and on the field. His coach, Drew Hoffman, could not be more proud of Abdi's recent accomplishment. "Faris was a...

Student Athlete of the Week: Alex Anderson (Soccer)

Senior Alex Anderson earns Student-Athlete of the week based on his efforts as a student, his enthusiasm for the Ascender community, and his dedication towards his commitments. Anderson joined the IMG Academy family four years ago and plans to graduate in 2018 with hopes of pursuing a degree in either Political Science, Economics, or Spanish. While his mother played college tennis, Anderson's path as a soccer player aligns with his father's, who competed as a collegiate athlete as well. He aspires to also compete in college and hopes to be a foreign policy adviser when he's older. Anderson enjoys going...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Making an Impact Both On and Off the Field

Leading into the first weekend of October, IMG Academy student-athletes, their respective teams, and trainees / alumni worked to improve their records and create lasting moments, both on and off the field. Impressive results by current student-athletes were matched with notable marks by former Ascenders. Several students put in time away from campus to contribute to the community through a "Stuff the Bus" food drive. Read more about our weekend below: Football: IMG Academy (Blue) def. Miami Northwestern 21-0 to move their record to 4-0 this season Alumni / Trainee Results: Vosean Crumbie recorded five tackles and one interception vs....


BRADENTON, Fla. (October 2, 2017) – IMG Academy has broken ground on a 150-room upscale boutique hotel on the northern edge of IMG’s 500+ acre campus. The Legacy Hotel at IMG Academy will serve guests and clients of the world-class training institution, including visiting teams, coaches, athletes, staff and parents. The five-story hotel, slated to open in the fall of 2018, will also provide a go-to destination for visitors to the surrounding Bradenton community. “The Legacy Hotel at IMG Academy will support the continued growth on our campus and increasing demand for first-class accommodations,” said IMG Academy co-managing director Chip...

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