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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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The Process Behind Earning a College Tennis Scholarship

Applying to college occurs through a fairly straightforward application submission, but earning an athletic scholarship can be an entirely different process. Are you familiar with the route to achieving a tennis scholarship? Are you considering whether you’re playing enough UTR, ITF, or USTA tournaments? Have you considered the eligibility process? What about gaining exposure to coaches, so they can see your game? All of these questions, and more, may have run through your mind one time or another. In fact, it’s quite common to be unaware of how earning a scholarship works. So, let’s ace the process! Beginning the process...
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Learn How to Approach the College Recruitment Process for Soccer Athletes

The time has finally come! You’re in the window where contact with a college soccer coach is permitted, and you can further explore your dream schools and narrow down your list! But, have you thoughts about that first question to ask, what you’d expect your freshman year, or even how the transition from high school to being a soccer student-athlete at the university of your choice would go? Whether you’re looking for how you’d go about earning your undergraduate degree or you’re curious as to what happens with an injury and rehab, these are all fair questions to ask a...
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Feel Confident with this Guide to the College Recruiting Process

Ever wonder what makes the difference between yourself and “the other guy?” How does a coach narrow down the roster to capture the ideal team? Athletic scholarship offerings for Division 1, academic aid, walk-on, or nothing at all? What’s the big difference? We’re here to provide you with the insight you need to know in order to make a lasting first impression during the college recruiting process and leave an even greater legacy at your dream school. There’s no such thing as too many questions, no matter if you’re going through enrollment during your senior year and even starting freshmen...
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How to Create a College Recruiting Video That Stands Out to Coaches

Creating a college recruiting video certainly takes thought, time, and effort, but, if done correctly, the opportunities that result from the quality video certainly pay off. You may be wondering how to even go about making a college recruiting video, and, if so, we’re here to help! Ensure you have the correct equipment, like a camera, tripod, lighting, microphone, and audio. Although the video you’re creating may require a slight budget, it’s ultimately worth the investment. Ensuring that proper video editing software is available, in addition to finding the right camera angles to capture, will lead to a worthwhile production....
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Student Athlete of the Week: Juan Carlos Vidales (Boys Soccer)

Juan Carlos Vidales has incredible experience as a soccer player, as he's been competing for over 15 years. Vidales chose IMG Academy to further his game and because he could "further his athletic career." As a senior, Vidales earns this week's Student Athlete of the Week. He recognizes that IMG Academy has made him "more responsible and independent," even though the course load and schedule remains challenging. Congratulations for Vidales on his accomplishments has he prepares to enter the next level! Get to know Juan: Hometown: Laredo, TX How many years playing soccer: 15 years Coach: Drew Hoffman Position: Goalkeeper...
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2018 Football Schedule Reveals Top Competition for the Blue and White

The IMG Academy Football Program has unveiled the 2018 fall schedules for the Varsity Blue and White teams. The IMG Academy Varsity Blue team is led by Head Coach Kevin Wright in his fourth season at IMG, and is looking to extend a nearly four-season 38-game winning streak dating back to 2014. The team will take on another challenging slate of games from coast-to-coast headlined by a matchup against the defending national champion Mater Dei Monarchs of California who amassed a perfect 15-0 record in 2017. Other marquee matchups on the schedule include the likes of Alabama 7A state champion...
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Student Athlete of the Week: Wendy Guan (Basketball)

Originally from Taiwan, Wendy Guan took full advantage of the opportunities in Bradenton and continues to shine as an Ascender. As this week's Student Athlete of the Week, we've learned more about her involvement on campus and her passion for basketball, photography, and school! Guan chose IMG Academy because "the integration of academics and sports is hard to find anywhere else, and [she] didn't have to give up one or the other by coming here." Guan is a member of Key Club, National Honors Society (NHS), and Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC.) She's also enjoying volunteering for the special olympics...
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First IMG Academy Football Alumnus and NFL Combine and Pathway Players Selected in 2018 NFL Draft

IMG Academy trainees in the NFL Pre-Combine/Draft Training and NFL Pathway programs were well represented during the 2018 NFL Draft held in Dallas, Texas on April 26-28, 2018. In total, 14 trainees joined NFL rosters either by Draft selection or through Rookie Free Agency (RFA). Most notably, Bo Scarbrough became the first-ever alumnus of the IMG Academy Varsity Football program to hear his named called in the Draft. Scarbrough, a member of the IMG Academy 2014 signing class who played collegiately for the University of Alabama and was a member of the Crimson Tide’s last two national championship teams, was...
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Toronto Argonauts Return to IMG Academy After Securing CFL's Grey Cup Title

This year's Toronto Argonauts' mini camp marks the fourth consecutive preseason training held at IMG Academy, but this year's return holds more importance than ever before, as the team went on to secure the 105th Grey Cup in 2017 following their workout in Bradenton last April. Their title marked the 17th win for the program, with their last win coming in 2012. The Grey Cup remains the Canadian Football League (CFL)'s highest honor, as it's a contest between the winners of the East and West divisional playoffs of the CFL. Now, training has come full circle , and the Argos...
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Student Athlete of the Week: Claire Mills (Girls Lacrosse)

Claire Mills joined IMG Academy as a member of the inaugural girls lacrosse team, and she's made a lasting impact on the community around her. Mills committed to play lacrosse at Johns Hopkins University upon graduation, and she's been making every moment last as a senior. This week, she earns Student Athlete of the Week, as she's impressed her coaches, teachers, and advisors with her hard work. Mills believes IMG Academy "has taught [her] many lessons, like the importance of time management and hard work." Thankful to her parents for providing her the opportunity to achieve her dreams from Bradenton,...

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