SOURCE: IMG Academies

February 28, 2008 16:42 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: IMG Academies Welcomes the 2008 USA Softball Women's National Team for Its Grand Opening of the Softball Academy

BRADENTON, FL--(Marketwire - February 28, 2008) - IMG Academies, home to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, the Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Swimming and Softball Academies and the International Performance Institute will be hosting the 2008 USA Softball Women's National Team for its Grand Opening.

This is the first full-time Softball Academy in the nation and we are proud to announce that The 2008 USA Softball Women's National Team and its coaches will be on-site to endorse the Academy.

"Another ground breaking IMG Academies addition to the world's largest, most famous multi-sport academy family" -- Ken Bolek, Director of the Baseball Academy at IMG Academies and former MLB coach.

IMG Academies will be allowing press on campus, by invite only, to attend our Grand Opening.

Date:  March 5th, 2008

Time:  1:00-2:00pm

Place: IMG Academies campus, 5500 34th Street W. Bradenton, Fl 34210.

RSVP:  Only media who RSVP by March 3rd will be allowed on campus. Please
       RSVP to Priscilla Kuehnel by email pkuehnel@imgworld.com or by
       phone: 941.752.2604.

For media inquiries about the 2008 USA Softball Women's National Team please contact Julie Bartel at jbartel@softball.org or at 405-203-4645.

For media inquiries about IMG Academies please contact Priscilla Kuehnel at pkuehnel@imgworld.com or at 941.752.2604.

About IMG Academies

IMG Academies, a division of IMG, is the world's largest and most successful multi-sport, training and education camp/academy business. Spread out over 300 acres in Bradenton, Florida, the IMG Academies complex encompasses the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, The Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, and Swimming Academies, International Performance Institute, The Pendleton School, University of Miami, The Wellness Spa, Academy Realty, and IMG Academies Golf and Country Club.

More information about IMG Academies is available at www.imgacademies.com.

About IMG

IMG is the world's premier sports, entertainment and media enterprise.

Operating in 30 countries, IMG's diverse businesses include: consulting services; event ownership and management; fashion events and models representation; licensing; golf course design; and client representation in golf, tennis, broadcasting, speakers, European football, rugby, cricket, motor sports, coaching, Olympic sports and action sports. IMG Academies are the world's largest and most advanced multi-sport training and educational facilities, delivering world-class sports training experiences to more than 12,000 junior, collegiate, adult, and professional athletes each year.

IMG's media and entertainment operations include content production subsidiaries Darlow Smithson Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions. Globally, IMG produces and distributes more than 11,000 hours of sports, documentary, drama, comedy, entertainment, popular factual and children's content annually. IMG also represents the broadcast rights to many of the world's premier sporting events and has the world's largest sports archive with more than 250,000 hours of footage.

Forstmann Little & Co. purchased IMG in 2004.

More information about IMG is available at www.imgworld.com.

About USA Softball

USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men's, Women's, Junior Boys' and Junior Girls' National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women's National Team is one of the only two women's sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive as well as claimed two World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.

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