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Nick Bollettieri, the greatest coach in tennis history has his service returned by Lisa Pamintuan, former student and current president of New York College of Heath Professions

SYOSSET, NY –  Legendary tennis coach, Nick Bollettieri, will be honored at the New York College of Health Professions graduation ceremony on May 18, 2008 with an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters.  During the ceremony Nick will also serve as Commencement Speaker to over one thousand attendees at the College’s Commencement ceremony.

Nick Bollettieri is the stuff that legends are made of.  In 1978, he founded the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy (NBTA) in Bradenton, Florida. The NBTA was the first full-time tennis boarding school to combine intense training on the court with a custom-designed academic curriculum.  The Bollettieri approach not only builds athletes on the court, but more importantly, Nick’s high expectations of each of his students prepare them for a successful life off the court as well.  It was this proven method that Nick used to coach nine #1 players in the world – Agassi, Becker, Courier, Hingis, Rios, Seles, Sharapova and Venus and Serena Williams. 

In 1987, Nick expanded his vision when he joined forces with IMG, the sports and entertainment conglomerate, to turn the Tennis Academy into a multi-sport training facility, now known as IMG Academy. Located on over 300 acres, the campus at IMG Academy continues to be the best known and most prestigious training ground of champions.

However, Nick has been selected for this prestigious honor not only because of his success as a tennis coach, but also for his spirit of perseverance, which has inspired countless individuals and embodies what is best in America.  In addition to motivating those students who spend time at the Academy, Nick also travels the globe promoting physical fitness and sharing his experiences and insights with young and old.

Ted Meekma, Senior Vice President of IMG and Director at IMG Academy, shares “This is a very well-deserved honor for Nick. I say this because I've never seen anyone pursue his PhD in 'Life' with the determination, the passion and the dedication of Nick Bollettieri.”

What makes this honor even more special is that one of Nick’s former students, and current President of the College, Lisa Pamintuan, will be presenting him with the degree. 

Pamintuan moved from her Indiana home to Bradenton at the age of ten to be one of the first players to train at the now world famous Academy.  There she grew up at her ‘new home’ playing with Agassi and other young players under the grueling Florida sun and watchful eye of Nick.  Pamintuan went on to be the youngest winner of the Irish Open, competed at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, but with numerous injuries she went on to law school instead of pursuing a career in professional tennis. 

After being an entrepreneur Lisa began a career at New York College of Health Professions, a leading College of Holistic Health in the world, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees.  She soon became one of the youngest College Presidents in the United States and led the College to national institutional accreditation.

Under Pamintuan’s leadership, New York College of Health Professions has accumulated a large multimillion dollar surplus at a time when other institutions of its kind are in financial trouble and closing.  A high level representative from the New York State Education Department referred to the institution as “a great Phoenix Rising”.  The College is currently expanding into many new areas and is working on wellness products and centers with some of the largest companies in the world.

On May 18th, Pamintuan will present her coach and mentor with one of the highest awards in the country.  “It is an honor for me to give something back to a person who not only taught me championship on the court, but how to win in the world by always striving for excellence.”

“Training champions is one thing, but making an impact on individuals is the highest reward.  To see the success of students such as Lisa is what it is all about,” Nick countered.  “I look forward to sharing a few words of wisdom with the graduating class.”

The 2008 Commencement Ceremony will take place at 11:00 am on Sunday, May 18, 2008, in the Grand Ballroom of the Melville Marriott, Long Island, 1350 Old Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY.

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About New York College for Health Professions - New York College for Health Professions, located in Syosset, Long Island, New York, has been a leader in holistic education and care for over 25 years.  The College offers accredited undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs in Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and Certificate programs in Holistic Nursing and the Science of Self Improvement.  Located on the College’s main campus in Syosset is the professional outpatient Integrative Health Center, as well as the Academic Health Care Teaching Clinics, which provide holistic treatments to the community while providing clinical internships for student practitioners.  New York College also maintains a 35-acre modern medical facility in Luo Yang, The People’s Republic of China. The College has grown remarkably in the past several years and will continue to develop new educational programs as well as expand into many new areas.  Additional information about New York College of Health Professions can be found at www.nycollege.edu.
 
About Nick Bollettieri – Having coached nine #1 ranked players of the world, along with countless other top professional and collegiate tennis players, Nick Bollettieri is one of the most celebrated names in the history of coaching.  In 1978, he founded the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy which today is part of the prestigious IMG Academy.  In addition to coaching, Nick is a strong advocate and role model for living a healthy lifestyle.  He regularly speaks at clinics, corporate events, universities, conferences, and seminars and has published a number of books, videos, and audio CDs.  Nick’s insights into the game of tennis are sought after by news organizations around the world and he is a regular contributor to magazines and internet sites worldwide.  For more information please visit www.nickbollettieri.com.

About IMG Academy - IMG Academy, a division of IMG, is the world’s largest and most successful multi-sport, training and education camp/academy business. Spread out over 300 acres in Bradenton, Florida, the IMG Academy complex encompasses the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, The Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, and Swimming Academies, International Performance Institute, The IMG Academy School, University of Miami, The Wellness Spa, Academy Realty, and the IMG Academy Golf and Country Club.  More information about IMG Academy is available at www.imgacademy.com.

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