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Every week, IMG Academy’s campus is buzzing with news. Whether it’s our student’s academic honors and athletic successes, alumni across the country making their alma mater proud, professional athletes and teams training amongst our campers, or events that attract sports fans from near and far – IMG Academy is a thrilling place, and we’d like to share it with you!

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40 Student-Athletes Commit to the Next Level at IMG Academy NLI Signing Day

Today marks the first of several National Signing Days for the 2018-2019 senior class, and IMG Academy student-athletes, along with their family, teammates, coaches, and teachers, attended a special ceremony on November 14, 2018. 40 student-athletes committed to the next level by signing their National Letter of Intent (NLI) during the Signing Day Ceremony. Wednesday's event featured Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, and Tennis. The full list of signees included: Baseball: Austin Kenyon – Charleston Southern University Jax Cash – University of South Carolina Joe Gallagher – Eckerd College Rece Hinds – Louisiana State University Houston Koon – North Carolina...
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IMG Academy to Host Premier Development Experience for Top High School Prospects with USA Baseball and the MLB

Major League Baseball and USA Baseball today announced the new “Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League,” a premier development and showcase experience for dozens of high school baseball prospects based in the United States. The PDP League, which will be held from mid-June through early-July at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., is an invitation-based development opportunity for approximately 80 of the top high school baseball players ahead of the 2020 MLB Draft. It will include competitive game play, practice & training sessions with MLB Club representatives serving as on-field coaches, and evaluation using modern technologies tailoring individualized development curriculums for...
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Student Athlete of the Week: Gavin Brown (Baseball)

Gavin Brown, a senior baseball student-athlete, enrolled at IMG Academy in 2015 because of the "the combination of sport and school." Now a senior, Brown has worked hard both in the classroom and on the field to achieve incredible success. A National Honors Society member (NHS) and a talented student-athlete, Brown has earned this week's Student Athlete of the Week. Congratulations to Brown on all that he has accomplished! Get to know Gavin: Hometown: Dallas, TX How many years playing baseball: 10 years Coach: Coach Hadra Position: Pitcher Student Clubs/Organizations: National Honors Society Favorite school subject: Sciences What do you...
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IMG Academy Names Jimmy Arias Director of Player Development

IMG Academy announced today the addition of former longtime ATP World Tour pro Jimmy Arias as the new Director of Player Development. Arias will help manage technical instruction and program delivery for IMG Academy’s boarding school students and professional trainees. “This is where I came as a teenager to develop my game, and it’s exciting to have the opportunity to come back and foster the development of such a talented group of players,” said Arias. “In all my travels as a player and as a commentator, there is no place in the world where players have such a dynamic team...
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Student Athlete of the Week: Julia Andreach (Girls Tennis)

Junior tennis student-athlete Julia Andreach enrolled at IMG Academy because she "wanted to further her athletic development by playing international tournaments." As a high level athlete and a dedicated student, Andreach earns this week's Student Athlete of the Week. She has enjoyed "meeting new people from different areas of the world" at IMG, and she understands that her commitment to tennis and her academics are both a priority. She enjoys the "amount of help she receives from teachers when traveling for tournaments" because they ensure she's prepared before her travels for the upcoming courses and lessons. Andreach also recognizes that...
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Student Athlete of the Week: Chandler McGruder (Football)

Chandler McGruder is a junior football student-athlete at IMG Academy, and he has been striving to excel through both academics and athletics since he enrolled in 2017. As a member of several student clubs and organizations and an outgoing classmate and teammate, McGruder is making a significant on the community around him. He enrolled at IMG to continue improving, and he's been enjoying the "close proximity to his friends." He feels that school has made him more mature and helped him manage his time better. For these reasons, McGruder earns this week's Student Athlete of the Week! Get to know...
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IMG Academy Names Yutaka Nakamura Head of Tennis Physical Conditioning

IMG Academy has announced the addition of internationally renowned strength and conditioning coach Yutaka Nakamura to the IMG Academy Tennis program. Nakamura will assume the role of Head of Tennis Physical Conditioning. He will oversee all aspects of physical conditioning at IMG Academy including programming and delivery for boarding school students, professional trainees and youth and adult campers. “I am looking forward to reigniting the culture that has driven so many players who have developed at the Academy and succeeded at the highest level,” remarked Nakamura. “I’ve been to many facilities over the years, and nowhere else has the resources...
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Student Athlete of the Week: Ryan Sforzo (Lacrosse)

Ryan Sforzo, 9th grade lacrosse student-athlete, enrolled at IMG Academy in 8th grade and has enjoyed his experience meeting new friends and working hard on the field. He chose IMG "to better myself mentally, physically, athletically, and academically" and feels that school has made him more independent. Through his experiences over the past year and a half, Sforzo has enjoyed "going with all of his friends to a service trip where they planted crops and helped out around a farm." With his active involvement and willingness to learn in the classroom, Sforzo has been awarded this week's Student Athlete of...
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Student Athlete of the Week: Mariana Valencia (Track & Field)

Mariana Valencia enrolled at IMG Academy in 2017 as a track and field student-athlete, and her efforts through both school and sport have impressed her teachers, coaches, and the entire IMG community. As a sophomore, Mariana is working hard to "get better times and to be accepted into a good college." She enjoys training and working hard and feels IMG has made her more independent and responsible. Earning this week's Student Athlete of the Week, we congratulate Mariana on her accomplishments both in the classroom and on the track. Get to know Mariana: Hometown: Guatemala How many years competing in...
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Student Athlete of the Week: Michael Redding III (Football)

Michael Redding III, a junior, enrolled spring of 2017-2018 school year and has been enjoying both academics and the football program. He feels that IMG Academy will be able to "help him build his legacy." As Redding is pursuing collegiate football as well as an engineering career, he has made an impact on the entire IMG community. He feels that "the school staff has been very friendly and helpful" and has learned how to better manage his time." Earning this week's Student Athlete of the Week, Redding let us know a bit more about him, as well as his interests...

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