This past week, IMG Academy was the host to four Japanese lacrosse players: Shigetaro Miayahara, Kenta Matsunaga, Koto Soejima, and Takuya Ikeda. Through a simple Google search the 21 and 22 year olds from Kyoto University were able to find the elite IMG Academy lacrosse program and its state-of-the art facilities. Due to the fact that lacrosse is not a premiere sport in Japan, they searched for academies all over the world where they would not only learn the basic techniques and skillsnecessaryto be successful in lacrosse, but more importantly techniques and skills to help them be successful in life. They wanted a comfortable environment where they could function regularly and feel accepted; allowing them to grow not only as an athlete, but into the TOTAL ATHLETE. From the smiles on their faces throughout the week, I believe they found the right place.
IMG Academy lacrosse program's prestigious coaches possess the unique ability to coach players at all levels of the game and extract maximum effort and passion out of them. When these four young standouts came to IMG Academy they had only three years of experience under their belt. Yet, they loved the game of âLaxâ, and it showed. Even with just three short years of experience and basically no professional coaching or training, their raw talents and skills were quite impressive. They learned how to play basically by just playing. They would go out every day and play the game they enjoyed; trying to mimic their favorite lacrosse players and teams. Their hard work and overall passion for the game has truly paid off, with one of them (Kenta Matsunga) even landing the opportunity to try out for the Japanese National Team on March 24th.
After training at IMG Academy, they have been provided the fundamentals and given a foundation that will be essential throughout their remaining time playing lacrosse. They will most certainly have many techniques, skills and stories to bring back to their club lacrosse team at Kyoto University.