Nick Bollettieri honored for induction into International Tennis Hall of Fame at IMG Academy football game

In July, IMG Academy founder and tennis legend Nick Bollettieri was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Bollettieri was honored on campus at IMG Academy during halftime of the Ascenders 28-7 victory against north Florida powerhouse Trinity Christian Academy of Jacksonville.

IMG Academy alumna Rina Hill took a big risk in her journey from Japan to LSU

IMG Academy alumna Rina Hill took a big risk in making the decision to journey to the United States from Japan to continue her education and basketball training, and that decision is paying off for the LSU sophomore. Hill helped lead the Lady Tigers to a berth in the 2014 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament after upsetting West Virginia. 

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Super Saivion Smith rescues IMG Academy as Ascenders avenge last year's loss to Trinity Christian

BRADENTON -- Whether he's auditioning for an offensive role in the future or not, there's no denying how special Saivion Smith is for the IMG Academy football program.

Smith's latest heroics came during a pivotal stretch of Thursday's nationally televised game against visiting Jacksonville Trinity Christian.

The Ascenders (7-1) reeled off three scores in a short burst at the end of the first half, thanks in large part to Smith, and held off the Conquerors 28-7.

"Saivion had a heck of a game, again," IMG head coach Chris Weinke said.

IMG Academy Ascenders put the special in special teams

The IMG Academy football team puts the special in special teams.

Opting to put the best players on the field at all times, it is not uncommon to see defensive starters like Saivion Smith not only on the special teams unit, but making a difference.

In some cases, it is a game-changing difference.

IMG Academy DB Saivion Smith serves notice with big season; colleges take note

BRADENTON -- The secondary was a question mark heading into the season opener, but IMG Academy's football team has turned it into a strength.

The key figure in that lockdown coverage is Saivion Smith.

The junior might have 16 Division I offers, but that hasn't prevented the St. Petersburg Lakewood transfer from continuing to make big plays for the 6-1 Ascenders.

IMG Academy's Seiya Liu named to HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team

The academic honors just keep rolling in for IMG Academy senior Seiya Liu, who most recently was named as one of 12 male student-athletes named to the HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team. Sponsored by HP since 1988, the team consists of 12 young men and 12 young women who demonstrate the ability to excel both on the golf course and in the classroom. To be eligible to apply for the HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team, boys must have placed in the top 10 of an AJGA Open or Invitational.

Getting to know IMG Academy baseball coach Chris Sabo

With the 2014-15 school year underway, the IMG Academy Baseball Program welcomed Chris Sabo to the coaching staff. With his appointment, Sabo brings more than 30 years of experience, where he will serve as a varsity head coach. Sabo, drafted in the second round of the 1983 Major League Baseball First Year Player’s Draft was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 2010.

IMG Academy alumna Carolin Pineggar competing on Big Break Myrtle Beach

Golf Channel's Big Break: Myrtle Beach debuted on Golf Channel this week, and among the competitors is IMG Academy alumna Carolin Pineggar. Big Break: Myrtle Beach is the 23rd installment of the popular Golf Channel series, and Pineggar, a native of Schladming, Austria, is the sixth alumnus of IMG Academy to appear on the program.

IMG Academy Lacrosse kicks off 2014-15 with annual intrasquad scrimmage

The IMG Academy Lacrosse program got the 2014-15 season off to an impressive start with the Intrasquad Scrimmage on October 4th. The U19 and U17 fall elite squads were split into Black and White teams for the game, which was scheduled to coincide with Parent Weekend.

IMG Academy's Kei Nishikori wins second straight title at Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships

The 2014 season has been a breakout year for IMG Academy's Kei Nishikori. Nishikori broke into the ATP top-10 for the first time in his career earlier in the year, prior to putting his name on the map with a monumental victory over world #1 Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open and becoming the first male Asian tennis player to reach a Grand Slam final. Now, Nishikori has won two consecutive ATP Tour titles for the first time in his career.


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