Competing During the Covid-19 Pandemic | IMG Academy Football x ESPN
The year is 2020; the sport is football. While many thought that a high school season would be nearly impossible, IMG Academy recognized that the COVID-19 pandemic presented an opportunity to focus on growth, both on the field and off.
While IMG's Bradenton campus faced extensive challenges during the global pandemic, our staff, including a team of experts within our Health Services department provided by Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, established new safety protocols and guidelines that began rolling out across campus in June. From employees to teachers to coaches and athletes, IMG Academy'sSafer Campus Initiative provided a way for campus to reopen.
"I took the job, we started off really embracing our new vision, our new philosophy. The kids bought in quickly, and then we went off for spring break on March 13, and that was the last time we saw the kids for months." - Bobby Acosta, IMG Academy National Team Head Coach
Fast forward to September, and the program kicked off for their first game of the 2020 season; a feat that many feared may never occur this year.