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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...

Nick Bollettieri Inducted into the ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame

Nick Bollettieri talks with the IMG Academy tennis boarding school students. (Gabriel Saint Malo / IMG Academy) The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced the 2017 ITA Men’s College Tennis Hall of Fame induction class recently. Among the inductees was Nick Bollettieri, who will be enshrined for his contributions to men’s college tennis. He will join Bill Otta (Saddlebrook College), Francis Baxter (University of Central Oklahoma), Matias Booker (University of Georgia) and James Blake (Harvard University) in the class of 2017. Bollettieri graduated from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., in 1953, where he also played as a member of the...

IMG Academy Features Cool Clubs Technology For Its Golf Program

(Rob Hammer / IMG Academy) By Chloe Harrison, SportTechie IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. has used Cool Clubs technology in its golf program since the summer of 2016. It is the only academy in the world that uses such technology. Cool Clubs provides a multitude of advanced services, from custom clubs to club fitting. “We believe we are the best golf academy out there, and when Cool Clubs and I started a conversation, it was along the lines of, ‘You know, there was a lot of good synergy there with what they do and what we do, with them being...

Nanticoke, Fernandez Named to USA Today HSS Preseason ALL-USA Boys Lacrosse Teams

USA Today High School Sports announced the third annual American Family Insurance Preseason ALL-USA Boys Lacrosse Teams on Wednesday, and two Ascenders made the cut! The players were selected by Casey Vock of 3d Rising, based on their on-field accomplishments and performance and strength of opposition during the high school season. Tehoka Nanticoke, a senior attackman for IMG Academy, was named to the first team. Nanticoke is a member of the Iroquois Nationals team and will be attending the University of Albany on a men’s lacrosse scholarship after graduating. In 2016, he netted 39 goals and had 34 assists in...

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