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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 Junior World Championships: A Global Stage for the Best Golfers in the World

IMG Academy Junior World Championships brought together the top golfers from around the world from July 9th through July 13th in San Diego at Torrey Pines Golf Course and other local courses. The Championships, which started in 1968, now feature over 1,200 participants representing 56 countries and 42 states for players in the 6-under age division through the 15-18 division. Throughout the year, the IMG Junior Golf Tour schedules qualifying events for this tournament, and 11 IMG Academy student-athletes qualified for the prestigious event (Nicolas Quintero, Kuangyu Chen, Kyo Moroshita, Shuang Liu, Keita Okada, Nolan Forsman, Frank Bellino, Sho Suzuki,...

Jacqueline Simeone: From Soccer Camper to Two-Time NCAA National Champion

Boston-native Jacqueline Simeone first experienced IMG Academy as a 10 year old soccer camper, and she completely thrived in the Bradenton atmosphere. With her sights set on competing at the collegiate level after recognizing her passion for the sport, Simeone followed in her sister's footsteps and enrolled in boarding school at 12 years old. Now, the Simeone family includes three IMG Academy alumni, all of whom propelled their athletic and academic careers to the collegiate level and capitalized on the resources at IMG Academy. "It just works for us," Simeone said. "We found the environment so contagious." As an eager...

Legacy Hotel at IMG Academy Appoints Jason Patterson as Executive Chef

Legacy Hotel at IMG Academy announced today that Jason Patterson has been appointed Executive Chef. Patterson, who brings more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality and restaurant industries, will lead concept and menu development, overseeing all of the hotel’s culinary operations, including its signature restaurant, Icon Eatery & Bar, and its banquet and meeting offerings. “Jason’s passion for culinary excellence will bring a dynamic and innovative energy to the dining experience at our hotel,” said Geoff Gaumer, general manager at Legacy Hotel. “We’re excited to see him create and establish an exceptional culinary culture here for years to...

IMG Academy to Host 2018 Concacaf Central America Women’s Qualifier

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) announced this week that IMG Academy will host the 2018 Concacaf Central America Women’s Qualifier, scheduled to be played August 27-31, 2018. The regional qualifier, to be disputed between Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama, in a round-robin format, will qualify the two top finishers to the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship. Originally scheduled to take place in Nicaragua, Concacaf announced on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 the decision to relocate the competition, following an extensive security assessment, which included an independent third-party report of the country’s sociopolitical landscape in...

Five IMG Academy Lacrosse Alumni, Two Coaches Representing 2018 National Teams

The 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships is set to begin on July 12, 2018 in Netanya, Israel, and IMG Academy lacrosse alumni and coaches will be highly prevalent throughout several teams. The global environment of IMG Academy's campus will be felt across the world with five alumni and two coaches proudly boasting their countries in Israel. Mark Burnham, IMG Academy lacrosse coach, was named the head coach for the Iroquois National Team. With a decorated resume, Burnham's complete announcement can be read HERE. Also competing on the Iroquois roster will be Tehoka Nanticoke (attack, class of 2017, Albany), Liam Anderson...

Anfernee Simons Drafted First Round to Portland Trail Blazers in 2018 NBA Draft

Joining seven other IMG Academy basketball alumni in the NBA, Anfernee Simons was selected as the 24th draft pick by the Portland Trail Blazers last night in the 2018 NBA Draft. Simons became the second player picked in the Draft straight from IMG Academy since 2015. A native of Altamonte Springs, Fla., Simons competed as a member of the IMG Academy Post-graduate National team in 2017-18. He helped lead IMG Academy to a 23-8 regular season record in route to the team’s fourth invitation of the past five years to the National Prep Championship in Connecticut. On the year, Simons...

Global Talent "Discovered" at IMG Academy During 2018 Discovery Open Master

The 2018 Discovery Open Master provided the same level of talent in a global atmosphere on IMG Academy's campus as in year's past, but the new, updated format for the tournament and event week saw incredible benefits that produced a new take on this prestigious event. From June 3rd through June 8th, 50 talented, youth tennis players from over 6 countries trained, competed, and learned together. Tennis training for three hours in the morning, physical conditioning, and match play in the afternoon were followed by workshops discussing topics such as college placement, panel discussions, and more. By combining a round...

2018 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship Lined Up at IMG Academy in November

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) announced the details for the new 2018 Concacaf Under-20 Championship. The redesigned, centralized thirty-four-member association competition will be the largest Concacaf Under-20 tournament ever. The men’s youth championship, to be hosted at the world-renowned IMG Academy campus in Bradenton, Florida, will take place November 1-21, 2018. These dates include the November FIFA match window, meaning teams will be able to compete with their best players for the Confederation’s title. “The record response from the participating member associations in the centralized and expanded Concacaf Under-20 tournament is a testament to...

MLB First Year Players Draft Wraps with Five IMG Academy Baseball Alumni Selected

The Major League Baseball (MLB) First Year Player’s Draft took place this week, and five IMG Academy baseball alumni were selected, including two members of the 2018 Varsity team and notably one football alumnus. RHP Levi Kelly (class of 2018) – 9th round (249th) – Arizona Diamondbacks SS Blaze Alexander (class of 2018) – 11th round (339th) – Arizona Diamondbacks SS L.T. Tolbert (class of 2015; South Carolina) – 13th round (399th) – Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Brian Rapp (class of 2014; Boston College) – 26th round (784 overall) – Minnesota Twins 1B Nick Patten (class of 2016; Delaware) – 28th...

What to Know: 2018 CONCACAF Women's U17 Championship at IMG Academy

The CONCACAF Women's U17 Championship resumes this week at IMG Academy, and we have all of the information you'll need to follow or attend the tournament. This event begins June 6th and will conclude on the 12th , when a regional title and a slot in the U17 Women's World Cup in Uruguay will be claimed. The teams that finish in the top two in each group will advance to the semifinals and three teams from CONCACAF will qualify for the World Cup (the two semifinal winners and the third-place game victor.) Here's the info you've been looking for: WATCH:...

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