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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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IMG Academy Names Kim Russell Girls Lacrosse Director

BRADENTON, Fla. (July 24, 2017) – Today IMG Academy announced Kim Russell, a collegiate and high school head coach of more than 20 years, as its new Director of Girls Lacrosse. Russell joins IMG Academy from Baldwin Wallace University where she served as head coach since the program’s inception in 2012 and led the Yellow Jackets to great heights. As Director of Girls Lacrosse, Russell will oversee IMG Academy’s girls lacrosse program and serve as head coach for the inaugural 2017-18 varsity season. She will also manage the girls program’s camp business. IMG Academy announced the addition of the girls...
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IMG Academy Welcomes First-Ever IMG Fashion Camp to Campus July 30

IMG Academy will be hosting the first-ever IMG Fashion Camp next week from July 30 - August 5. IMG's all-inclusive campus in Bradenton, Fla. will welcome fashion industry leaders and young men and women looking to pursue a career in fashion. Supermodels, including Ashley Graham, Lily Aldridge, Jasmine Tookes, and Neels Visser, will engage in discussions with campers around the model perspective and the influencer perspective. Campers will get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to ask the models any questions they may have about the industry, their experience, or their tips for success. Industry leaders from The Wall Group, IMG Models, Art...
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Lexi Vanderlinden to represent the U.S. National Girls Futsal Team in Costa Rica

IMG Academy student-athlete Lexi Vanderlinden was recently selected to play with the U.S. National Girls Futsal team in Costa Rica. Lexi, who is set to graduate from the academy in 2020 has already committed to play at the University of Miami. Playing central midfield, she has great vision, touch and passing abilities and is currently the captain of the U17 IMG Academy girls team. The US. team will travel to San Jose, the host nation's capital, to train and play at the official training center of the Costa Rican National Futsal Team. The week-long trip will comprise of three matches....
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IMG Academy Tennis Athletes Turn Heads at Wimbledon

Wimbledon has come to a close, and 7 IMG Academy tennis athletes are leaving the All England Lawn Tennis Club with their heads held high. After becoming the ITF World No. 1 Junior girls tennis player, IMG Academy’s ‘Girl on Fire’, Whitney Osuigwe, left her heart out on the court at Wimbledon. The 15-year-old made it to the quarter-finals of the Girls’ Singles but lost to Sofya Lansere 7-5, 6-3. Osuigwe and her doubles partner, Caty McNally, finished as Wimbledon Girls’ Doubles runner-ups after being defeated in the finals by Olga Danilovic and Kaja Juvan 6-4, 6-3. IMG Academy trainee,...
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IMG Academy Junior Golfer, Angelina Ye, Dominates at The Wyndham Cup

At the beginning of this month, IMG Academy golf student-athlete, Angelina Ye, competed in the 28th annual Wyndham Cup. The AJGA tournament is only open to the top 40 junior boys and girls golfers, and is split into two groups. Players coming to Santa Rosa, Calif. to compete from East of the Mississippi River represent the East Team, while those from West of the river play for the West Team. Each team is made up of 10 boys and 10 girls. Over the past 28 years, the Wyndham Cup has become a prestigious tournament, as many of the greats have...
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Bradenton’s Whitney Osuigwe gains No. 1 spot in girls rankings

By Jason Dill, Bradenton Herald Whitney Osuigwe is the new No. 1 girls junior player in the world. The Bradenton resident, who attends and trains at IMG Academy, collected 1,156.88 points in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior rankings released Monday afternoon. She had been ranked No. 2 since winning the French Open girls title in June, becoming the first American girl to win the junior singles title in Paris in 28 years. Osuigwe, 15, is seeded No. 2 in the Wimbledon girls singles draw behind 17-year-old American Kayla Day. Day fell seven spots in the rankings released Monday; she...
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Ascenders to Face What May be the Toughest High School Football Schedule of 2017

With the high school football season quickly approaching, MaxPreps released their list of the “Top 10 Toughest Schedules for the 2017 Season”. Sitting at the top of that list is IMG Academy, who will go in to the 2017 season ranked third in the nation. IMG Academy’s two varsity teams will both face tough competition, with the Blue Team playing top-ranked teams from across the nation, and the White Team going up against the best in the state of Florida. With the Ascenders’ number one ranking for toughest 2017 schedule, MaxPreps said: The Ascenders, who boast 4- and 5-star players...
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IMG Academy: Home to the #1 Boys and #1 Girls Tennis Players in the World

On Monday, IMG Academy became home to both the number one boys and girls tennis players in the world. Miomir Kecmanovic, an IMG Academy alumnus and current trainee, became the ITF world No. 1 ranked junior boys player in December of 2016. After enrolling at IMG Academy in 2013 at age 14, Kecmanovic worked his way up the ITF rankings, challenging himself with a tough training and competition schedule. By the time of his senior year at IMG, Kecmanovic was dominating on the court. He won the last three major events of the junior season, the Abierto Juvenil, Eddie Herr...
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No other All-Star like Chris Sabo

By Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati Enquirer Baseball’s last original played in the All Star Game 29 years ago at Riverfront Stadium. It was a different time for Chris Sabo, but only chronologically. Sabo is who he was, and always will be. He exists in perpetual memory, driving a dirty brown Ford Escort straight over entitlement, stomping the sucker flat. He occurs to me now, two days before the game that celebrates fully players who are fully celebrated already. Who might or might not feel as truly fortunate as Sabo did, three decades ago, as a Reds rookie sincerely living the dream....
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Lake Bluff native Tyler Esplin takes alternate route to pro baseball

By Jon J. Kerr, Pioneer Press Years before he reached his goal, Tyler Esplin knew what he wanted to be: A professional baseball player. Esplin, a Lake Bluff native, attended Lake Forest Academy for two years before enrolling at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., as a junior in 2015. At IMG, he transformed his game. He ran faster, threw harder and hit for more power. He grew to 6-foot-4, 225 pounds and batted .432 with 20 RBIs for IMG this spring. On June 13, the Boston Red Sox picked Esplin in the seventh round, 221st overall. He signed with the...

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