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Established in 1978, with a pioneering concept known as the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, IMG Academy has since grown to become a global phenomenon. Today, IMG Academy is the world’s leading sports education brand, providing access and opportunity for student-athletes with an innovative suite of on-campus and online programming. IMG Academy supports the entire student-athlete developmental journey from exploration to specialization to graduation through:
IMG Academy is the only education brand directly responsible for filling one-quarter of all college roster spots on an annual basis. In 2021 alone, IMG Academy helped place 30,000 kids into college.
Empowering student-athletes to win their future
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In accordance with our Purpose and Core Values, we welcome individuals of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, political and religious beliefs, and other unique identifiers to IMG Academy. We are proud of our diversity and its positive impact on the creativity, growth and leadership of our community.
We are honored and humbled to play a role in the development of young people who aspire to hone their ability, both as athletes and leaders. Together, we are committed to building and fostering an inclusive learning environment that supports, celebrates and advances the diversity of voices amongst our staff, students, athletes, alumni and partners.
Our commitments include:
Our work will not stop tomorrow or the next day, as we actively strive to be a part of sustained, long-term change. As a member of our community, we ask that you join us in this ongoing commitment.
The forerunner of IMG Academy, the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, is founded at the Colony Club on Longboat Key, before moving to its current location in 1981. Professionals such as Andre Agassi, Jimmy Arias, Monica Seles and Jim Courier helped establish the foundation for one of the most successful sports development programs in the world.
In 1993, Golf was added as the second program. A year later, Soccer and Baseball Programs were added. Soccer would go on to train and produce talents like Tim Howard, one of the most accomplished U.S. soccer players. Services for what is collectively known now as Athletic & Personal Development, which focuses on human performance in areas like strength, speed, mental toughness, nutrition and more, were introduced. The new addition included an enhanced weight room along with the expansion of athletic training and education.
In 2000, the first major campus expansion takes place into what is now West Campus - four soccer fields, two baseball fields and a new golf complex. A year later the Basketball Program is added.
In 2009, Under Armour become a premier sponsor of IMG Academy. The next year, Football and Lacrosse are added as sport programs. Then in 2011, Gatorade Sports Science Institute selects IMG Academy as the site of its satellite lab, and Gatorade also becomes a premier sponsor.
In 2013, construction is completed on Ascender Hall East adding more than 250 rooms for boarding school student-athletes and campers. A 5,000-seat stadium soon followed and Track and Football Programs are added.
In 2014, Endeavor acquired IMG, bringing IMG Academy into the Endeavor family. The next year, in 2015, our new Academic Center opened, quadrupling the size of on-campus facilities. The Campus Center also opened offering more dining services and recreational options and an upgraded health services and guest reception area, in addition to a second dormitory, Ascender Hall West.
As a statement to the importance of sports science and technology, the Performance and Sports Science Center debuted, featuring the new home of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, new weight room and expanded rehabilitation facilities. The Academy also entered into an agreement with Johns Hopkins to manage all campus health services and physical therapy.
Steps away from campus, the 150-room Legacy Hotel opened offering a new option for families, visitors, teams and groups visiting the Academy. The hotel boasts luxury accommodations including a full service wellness spa, a resort-style heated pool, a 24-hour fitness center and the Icon Eatery & Bar.
On-campus housing grew once again with the addition of Ascender Hall South, providing another 250+ rooms for student-athletes, plus a recreation area that includes a pool, sand volleyball court, outdoor basketball court, outdoor entertainment areas and more.
IMG Academy Basketball and Baseball made history by earning the first national championships in school history. Basketball was first to hoist a title, with the National Varsity team winning the GEICO Nationals in New York City to finish the year ranked No. 1 overall in the MaxPreps and USA TODAY Super25 polls with a 31-1 overall record on the year. Meanwhile, the IMG Academy Baseball program amassed an impressive 24-1 overall record against the toughest schedule in the nation to claim the USA TODAY Super25 National Championship. Baseball also set the all-time record for the MLB First Year Players Draft when six Ascenders were selected.
The Academic Center grew with a 30,000 sq. ft. expansion that included more classrooms, meeting spaces, hands-on engineering labs and fully functioning broadcast and audio recording studios.
IMG Academy acquired Next College Student Athlete (NCSA) and became our official college recruiting service provider, dedicated to providing student-athletes access to resources that prepare them for college recruitment. NCSA is the #1 college recruiting platform, where 90% of college coaches come to scout new recruits.
IMG Academy created an online extension starting with 1-on-1 mental performance and nutrition coaching, bringing the expertise of our on-campus coaches directly to student-athletes across the world.
IMG Academy formed the Women in Sports Committee dedicated to improving accessibility and participation of young women in sports.
East Campus expansion concluded, creating a new home for the IMG Academy tennis and basketball programs, including the Hall of Fame, two stadium tennis courts, four outdoor red clay tennis courts, five new indoor air-conditioned tennis courts, four indoor basketball courts (3 for training, 1 game arena with stadium seating), locker rooms, meeting and office space, and more.