IMG Academy, the Florida boarding school which has trained thousands of athletes who have gone on to college and pro stardom in football, basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis and golf, is being sold to the private equity group BPEA EQT for $1.25 billion, the school’s previous owner Endeavor announced on Tuesday.
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More access to athletes from around the globe. The school, founded in 1978 by the late Nick Bollettieri as a tennis academy, has placed over 30,000 students on college rosters through 2022 and constantly attracts top-tier athletes to its elite campus and facilities. In 2023, IMG produced two five-star football recruits and had 16 recruits sign with Power 5 programs. The football program’s 2024 recruiting class is anchored by six top-100 recruits in the 247Sports Composite, led by five-star cornerback Ellis Robinson IV (a Georgia commitment), five-star defensive lineman David Stone (an Oklahoma native) and five-star running back Jerrick Gibson (who played his first two years of high school football in Georgia).
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Manny Navarro has been the University of Miami beat writer for The Athletic since September 2018. He’s also the host of the “Wide Right” podcast. Manny’s career started at The Miami Herald in October 1995 when he was a high school senior. He covered the Hurricanes, Heat, Marlins and high school sports for 23 years at the paper. He makes occasional appearances on WSVN’s Sports Xtra on Sunday nights and is on the “Big O Show” with Orlando Alzugaray at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Follow Manny on Twitter @Manny_Navarro