Athletic and Personal Development

Former Mustang found more than football at tiny Heidelberg College

He had big dreams, but only marginal talent.

That's how former Lakewood Ranch High linebacker Chris King ended up at tiny Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio.

"The Berg" is about as far away from big-time college football as you can get.

Can you imagine the Florida Gators taking on the Heidelberg Fighting Student Princes?

But there was King, a fresh-faced freshman from Lakewood Ranch. He was gung ho and ready to go.

Jozy prepares to take on the world

American soccer's $10 million man is about to begin his Great Spanish Adventure.

Jozy Altidore starts preseason training on Monday at Villarreal, the La Liga powerhouse that purchased the 18-year-old striker for a U.S.-record $10 million from the New York Red Bulls last month. And with a couple weeks to acclimatize before he's expected to join the U.S. Olympic team, Altidore is hoping to make a good first impression on his new outfit.


NEW YORK, May 27, 2008—Global sports and entertainment company IMG today announced that international soccer star Freddy Adu has signed with the company for exclusive on-field, marketing and worldwide endorsement representation.

IMG Academy to Host Coaching Symposium

Bradenton, FL- 21 April 2008 – IMG Academy is pleased to announce that its International Performance Institute (IPI), a long time staple for athletic development both on campus and throughout the sports world, will host a Coaching Symposium on May 3rd, 2008.

Expert speakers will be provided in the fields of physical conditioning, mental conditioning, injury prevention, and nutrition. The speakers will be on hand to discuss the following topics:

Dr. Sally Parsonage, Nutritionist
“Optimal Performance & Healthy Habits”

Spring Training

The transition from college to pro sports can be tough on any athlete: the competition may be stronger, the media scrutiny more belittling, the stakes often several hundreds of thousands of dollars higher.

Don’t let their steely exteriors fool you: many players are nervous wrecks.

“I was walking on eggshells,” said Clint Ingram of the “fear” he had to surmount to make the 2006 NFL draft. “Everything counts to you.”

IMG undergoes a makeover

BRADENTON -- IMG Academy' International Performance Institute has undergone a makeover.

A longtime staple for athletic development, the institute now encompasses six segments, including the Bollettieri Sports Medicine Center; Mental Conditioning; Leadership; game on Media; The Wellness Spa, The Nutrition Division and Tom Shaw Performance Enhancement.

Tom Shaw and H.J. Adams will lead physical conditioning. Shaw has worked with elite football athletes and also has experience in the development of tennis, basketball, baseball and soccer athletes.


Julieta Granada's introduction in 2001 to life at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy made her yearn for a one-way, return ticket to Paraguay. "The first few weeks were absolutely awful. I was crying every day coming home from school," said the 17-year-old Granada, who defeated Curtis Cup player Jane Park over 20 holes Saturday to win the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship in Fort Worth, Texas.


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