Our students-athletes are also having a blast off the course, court, and field! At IMG Academy we coordinate and chaperone a number of activities that take place both on- and off-campus.
IMG Academy offers no shortage of activities to catch the interest of any student-athlete. Trivia competitions? Movie nights? Fashion shows? Video game stations? IMG Academy has it all. The hub of activity in the evenings on campus revolves around the residence hall common areas and the junior pool area, which includes swimming, a recreation room (video games, foosball, pool table) and Sport Court offering basketball, volleyball, soccer and more.
Not only do our activities provide entertainment, but they allow student-athletes from different sports and cultural backgrounds to become friends, creating a more unified campus.
The state of Florida attracts millions of visitors every year because of its beaches, amusement parks, cultural attractions and other amenities. Student-athletes at IMG Academy get to experience all of them with our frequent supervised trips.
One of our most treasured traditions is the IMG Academy prom held every spring, for which our immaculately dressed students gather at the front of campus and travel to one of the area’s top gathering spots for a night of celebration.
Some of our activities include:
- Tampa Bay Rays games
- Busch Gardens
- Dunk for Charity
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers games
- Islands of Adventure
- Glow parties
- ...and much more!
Where the fun begins with Emily Rickerson, Activity Coordinator at IMG Academy
As half of the dynamic duo (with Melanie Cabassol) who was hired earlier this year to manage on- and off-campus activities for student-athletes, Emily Rickerson could not have been more excited when talking about her position at IMG Academy.
The University of Florida grad studied Family, Youth and Community Sciences, “the same major as Tim Tebow,” she boasts. After stints working with the University of Florida as well as the Orlando Magic, Rickerson found a passion in working with children after organizing activities for elementary school children. Soon after earning her Master’s degree in 2011, Rickerson would continue to pursue that passion, finding a home at IMG Academy.
“These student-athletes are in a very structured environment for most of the day with training and conditioning but we have this great opportunity to be their ‘fun’ with both on and off-campus activities,” she says.
With on-campus activities such as dances and karaoke nights and off-campus activities that include theme park trips and Tampa Bay Rays games, Rickerson takes pride in giving kids creative ways to relax and have a little fun.
“We are really trying to mix it up with our activities this year,” she says. She would go on to explain IMG Academy’s first-ever “Gross Games” that included, among other things, finding gummy bears in tubs of oatmeal using only your toes.
While Rickerson is having a blast this summer, she says that there are big things still to come. How big? “We’re going to try and set some world records!”