The 6th Annual DME Academy Beach & Ball Classic, a premier men’s high school and post-grad basketball tournament, kicks off tomorrow, Thursday, December 7, and promises a weekend filled with fierce competition, high-energy plays, and unforgettable moments. The tournament will run through Sunday, December 10, at the esteemed DME Academy in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Teams from across the nation are converging on DME, each eager to showcase their skills and compete in this well-organized and highly competitive event. This year’s lineup includes powerhouse teams such as DME Academy, DME Academy Wisconsin, IMG Academy, Prestige Worldwide, Montverde Academy, Rocktop Academy, and more. With such an impressive array of talent on display, fans can expect thrilling matchups and intense battles on the court.
The driving force behind the success of this annual event is none other than Matt Panaggio, the Director of Men’s Basketball at DME Academy. As the organizer and director of the Beach & Ball Classic, Panaggio expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming tournament, stating, “The Beach & Ball Classic has become a staple in showcasing top-tier talent and fostering healthy competition. We’re thrilled to welcome top teams from around the country to DME, and we’re confident that this year’s tournament will be a testament to the skill and dedication of these young athletes.”
Basketball enthusiasts and sports fans alike are encouraged to keep up with the action on Twitter by connecting with DME Academy (@DMESportsAcad) and DME Men’s Basketball (@DMEAcademyMBB). These social media channels will provide real-time updates on scores and announcements of the MVP and All-Tournament team honorees.
For those who want to witness the excitement in person, entry tickets will be sold at the door for $10 per day, or $25 for a 4-day pass. It’s an excellent opportunity to watch some of the most skilled and talented players and teams in the nation compete at the highest level. The atmosphere promises to be electric, with passionate fans cheering on their favorite teams and players.
Don’t miss out on the 6th Annual DME Academy Beach & Ball Classic—a basketball event that celebrates the spirit of competition, sportsmanship, and the pursuit of excellence. To learn more about DME Academy’s elite men’s basketball program, click here.
This holiday season, consider gifting your child more than just material possessions. DME Academy offers an unforgettable alternative — elite experiences that not only bring joy but also contribute to your child’s development and well-being. Here are three compelling reasons to choose DME Academy’s Summer Camps as the ultimate gift for kids.
1. Elite Sports Development: Ignite the Champion Within
DME Academy stands at the forefront of elite sports training, boasting state-of-the-art facilities and a team of experienced coaches dedicated to unlocking your child’s athletic potential. The coaching at DME is unparalleled, providing specialized guidance that can elevate your child’s game to new heights. From refining fundamental skills to advanced techniques, our camps focus on comprehensive sports development, ensuring that your young athlete not only excels in their chosen sport but also gains a competitive edge.
DME Academy’s elite sports camps are not just a great gift for kids, but an investment in their athletic future. Imagine the pride and confidence your child will exude as they showcase newfound skills and compete at a higher level after receiving top-notch training from DME’s accomplished coaching staff.
2. Enhanced Health and Well-being: Physically, Mentally, and Emotionally
In today’s digital age, the importance of promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for children cannot be overstated. DME Academy’s camps provide the perfect antidote to excessive screen time by immersing your child in a world of physical activity, mental stimulation, and emotional growth.
Our carefully crafted programs ignite your child’s inner drive to be more active and engage in sports, fostering habits that contribute to their overall well-being. Away from the screen, they’ll participate in sports training, strength and conditioning workouts (sometimes on the beach for an extra dose of excitement), and recreational activities that challenge and nurture their physical, mental, and emotional capabilities.
By choosing DME Academy’s camps, you’re not only gifting a memorable experience but also supporting your child’s health and wellness, setting the foundation for a balanced and active lifestyle.
3. Unforgettable Experience: Creating Memories That Last a Lifetime
DME Academy’s Summer Camps promise an unforgettable experience that extends far beyond the realm of sports training. Picture your child embarking on thrilling adventures, from fun and intense workouts on the beach to exciting trips to Universal Studios and tours of local universities.
Beyond the physical activities, the bonds formed with fellow campers from around the world add a layer of richness to the experience. Lifelong friendships are forged as young athletes share their passion for sports, creating a global community that extends beyond the camp’s duration.
Choosing DME’s Summer Camps as a holiday gift for kids means giving your child more than just a few weeks of fun—it’s about providing an immersive experience that shapes their character, builds lasting memories, and fosters a love for sports that will endure.
DME is offering $350 off any Summer Prep Camp this month only when you use the promo code “HOLIDAY23”. To find the camp that’s right for your young athlete, click here.
DME Academy is pleased to highlight two outstanding students who have made a significant impact on our community during the month of October.
Ceylone Brooks, a postgraduate student from Columbus, Ohio, is not only excelling in her studies but also leaving her mark on the basketball court as a key player on DME’s girls’ prep team. Beyond her athletic achievements, Ceylone is recognized for her leadership and support for her peers. Her inclusive approach creates an environment where everyone feels comfortable and heard.
Seif Kirker, a high school student from Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, brings his passion for basketball and a global perspective to DME’s High School Gold team. As a shooting guard, Seif stands out not only for his skills on the court but also for his appreciation of the diverse community at DME Academy. He actively contributes to fostering an inclusive atmosphere where students from different backgrounds thrive together.
Both Ceylone and Seif go beyond their roles as athletes; they are outstanding citizens who make a positive difference every day. Their commitment to supporting their peers and contributing to the inclusive culture at DME reflects the values that define our academy. We congratulate Ceylone Brooks and Seif Kirker for their exceptional achievements and contributions to the DME community.
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In a noteworthy NBA matchup on Wednesday, DME Academy alumni and twin brothers, Keegan and Kris Murray, found themselves on opposing sides as the Sacramento Kings hosted the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Kings secured a thrilling 121-118 victory in overtime, improving their season record to 3-4. Keegan played a pivotal role in the triumph, contributing nine points, seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and one steal during his 31 minutes on the court. This game marked the first of three scheduled meetings between the Kings and the Trail Blazers this season.
Kris, making his third appearance of the season, took the court for nine minutes, showcasing his defensive prowess with a crucial block, notably against his brother.
In a heartwarming conclusion to this historic face-off, the Murray brothers demonstrated the true essence of sportsmanship by exchanging jerseys after the game. This symbolic gesture, a common tradition among athletes at the professional level, added a personal touch to the sibling rivalry that had unfolded on the court.
The sibling rivalry took center stage in this unprecedented NBA showdown, marking the first time Keegan and Kris faced each other on the basketball court at any level. Their basketball journey has been closely intertwined, from their shared experiences at DME Academy to their collegiate years at Iowa.
This matchup not only showcased the individual achievements of both players but also served as a testament to the caliber of athletes produced by DME Academy, further solidifying its reputation as a breeding ground for top-tier basketball talent.
To learn more about DME Academy’s prestigious basketball program, click here.
On November 8, DME Academy celebrated a momentous National Signing Day as six exceptional student-athletes officially committed to continuing their academic and athletic journeys at esteemed institutions.
Jaylen Robinson, a 6’6″ forward, chose the University of Richmond’s academics and men’s basketball program over a distinguished list of finalists, including Princeton, Mercer, Yale, Penn, and Columbia. Matt Panaggio, Director of Men’s Basketball at DME Academy, expressed his pride in Jaylen, stating, “I am very proud of Jaylen and excited to see his future at the University of Richmond. He’s very unselfish, coachable, and hardworking.”
Olivia Schmitt, a 5’5″ point guard from Staten Island, is heading back to her home state to study and play women’s basketball at Syracuse University. Head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said, “She has a certain toughness about her. She can pass that ball; she can shoot that ball, and one thing I love about her is she has no problem going in with the trees and trying to make things happen.”
Keira Scott, a 6’1″ four-star forward and daughter of Syracuse football alum George Scott, will be joining DME teammate, Olivia Schmitt, at Syracuse University. Legette-Jack said, “Once we learned how incredibly gifted she was both academically and athletically, and she’s also got a connection to being Orange, it was a no-brainer that we were going to go after her as if she was the best player in the world.”
Tahj Bloom, a highly rated 6’3″ forward for DME Academy, signed with Mississippi State University as a four-star recruit, ranking No. 41 overall and No. 9 among forwards by Premiere Basketball and espnW HoopGurlz. Head Coach Sam Purcell said of Bloom, “She brings a dynamic skill set and competitive mentality each time she steps on the floor. Most importantly, Tahj comes from a great family and will be a great addition to the culture we are building at Mississippi State.”
6’2″ forward from Melbourne, Australia, Tabitha Betson, signed to the University of Colorado. A four-star recruit, Betson holds the No. 80 spot on ESPN.com’s top 100 list. Colorado head coach, JR Payne, said, “Tabs is one of the most skilled and well-rounded players we have recruited here at Colorado. Her basketball IQ is off the charts and will be a perfect fit for our offensive system.”
Ines Goryanova, a 5’8″ point guard from Sofia, Bulgaria, chose Baylor University. Ranked No. 49 on ProspectsNation and No. 71 on espnW, Goryanova impressed Baylor head coach Nicki Collen with her exciting guard abilities, deep shooting range, and the overall toughness cultivated through her mother’s extensive professional basketball background.
Michael Panaggio, Director of Girl’s Basketball at DME Academy, commemorated the day as historic for the program, stating, “We have 5 extremely special young ladies who are headed to the power 5 level. I am very proud of their individual success thus far and I’m excited to see what they can accomplish together during their senior year.”
DME Academy looks forward to witnessing the continued success of our class of 2024 basketball student-athletes, both academically and athletically. Congratulations to these outstanding student-athletes on this remarkable accomplishment.
DME Academy’s Summer Prep Camps are back for the summer of 2024, and they promise to be the best yet! Whether you’re passionate about soccer, basketball, volleyball, or baseball, our elite summer camps are designed to help athletes maximize their potential, develop their skills, and have an unforgettable summer experience.
Kick off your summer with DME’s Soccer Summer Prep Camp led by legendary coach Thales Peterson. The camp runs from July 1 to 21 and offers one, two, and three-week options with choices for boarders and non-boarders. Coach Thales, who also serves as the head soccer coach at DME, brings a wealth of professional experience and high-energy, motivational instruction to the camp.
The focus of this camp is on technical training with a strong emphasis on footwork and game situations and strategies that impact athlete performance. Campers will develop their soccer skills, game IQ, and overall athletic abilities with the support of our experienced coaching staff. We also introduce sport-specific strength and conditioning best practices to get your body and mind ready for game action. Our goal is to lay the foundation for your athlete to increase speed, strength, agility, flexibility, and explosiveness.
Our highly popular Basketball Summer Prep Camp returns this summer from July 1 to 21. The three-week program offers boarding and non-boarding options. Directed by Matt Panaggio and Mike Panaggio, both with years of experience in playing and coaching basketball, this camp is a dream come true for young basketball enthusiasts.
The camp includes two on-court practices per day, four strength and conditioning workouts per week, beach workouts, a trip to a Universal Studios amusement park, and participation in three Florida AAU Tournaments/Events. Due to its high demand, we recommend securing your spot early for this elite camp experience as it completely sold out last summer.
For female athletes aged 14-18, our Volleyball Summer Prep Camp, running from July 14 to 27, offers intensive one or two-week options with choices to board or commute. This program is designed to help serious volleyball athletes improve their game and prepare for the next level.
Under the guidance of DME Volleyball head coach, Craig Lenniger, campers will receive top-tier training, access to the best coaches and facilities, and exposure to high levels of competition. Whether you’re into indoor or beach volleyball, this camp will provide the tools and experience you need to excel.
For young baseball enthusiasts in middle to high school, our Baseball Summer Prep Camp is an intensive program designed to help athletes improve their game and get ready for their next season. This camp runs from July 14 to 27 and offers one or two-week options, with choices to board or commute.
Directed by DME Baseball head coach, Michael Main, a former MLB pitcher and first-round draft pick, this camp provides exposure to the highest levels of instruction and competition. Athletes will develop their game, athletic abilities, and train to become the best version of themselves, both in character and athletic performance.
At DME Academy, we take pride in our experienced coaching staff, state-of-the-art facilities, and the unforgettable experience that our camps offer. Athletes from all over the world come together to develop and compete, form lasting friendships, and make memories that last a lifetime.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to unlock your athletic potential and have an amazing summer experience at DME Academy’s Summer Prep Camps 2024. Secure your spot now and get ready to #IgniteTheDream!
DME Academy stands as an elite boarding and day school for athletes, offering a dynamic environment that combines exceptional academics with year-round athletic training. But there’s a new aspect to the DME experience that’s making waves among Florida residents: the Step Up scholarship program.
The Step Up scholarship program is a game-changer for Florida residents, providing access to private schools that align with their academic and personal needs. Regardless of household income, K-12 students eligible to enroll in a K-12 public school in Florida can receive a scholarship, which averages around $7,800. For many families, this financial assistance makes a world of difference in affording a high-quality education.
DME Academy’s commitment to developing well-rounded student-athletes has made it a sought-after institution for those aspiring to excel academically and athletically. DME’s approach to academics is unique and personalized, catering to students’ individual interests, learning styles, and athletic training and competition schedules.
One standout feature is the creation of Personalized Learning Plans for each student every year. This approach ensures that academic growth aligns with the demands of the student’s athletic pursuits. DME Academy also offers a hybrid learning model that seamlessly blends online education with a traditional classroom setting. In addition to a comprehensive curriculum, students have access to honors, advanced, AP, dual-enrollment, and SAT/ACT preparation courses.
The results speak volumes. DME Academy boasts a 99% college matriculation rate, with graduates of DME going on to attend prestigious institutions like the University of Iowa, UNC, The Citadel, George Mason University, and Drexel University, to name a few. The combination of personalized education and rigorous athletic training equips DME students not only with the skills to excel in college but also with valuable life skills such as discipline, work ethic, coachability, and commitment.
One other notable and unique aspect that sets DME Academy apart is its provision of year-round organized sports opportunities at the middle school level. This is a distinguishing feature, particularly when considering that many Florida public schools do not offer such extensive sports programs. DME Academy’s commitment to providing year-round sports like boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, volleyball, baseball, and golf demonstrates their dedication to fostering athletic talent from a young age. This holistic approach not only ensures that students develop their skills but also prepares them to handle the rigorous demands of college-level competition, both in terms of skill development and managing demanding schedules.
The acceptance of Step Up scholarships at DME Academy is a testament to the institution’s commitment to providing quality education and athletic development to all who seek it. For Florida residents, this represents an unprecedented opportunity to access DME’s elite educational and athletic experience.
Floridians interested in learning more about DME Academy and the Step Up scholarship program are encouraged to attend our Day School Open House on November 6, 2023. Click here to register.
DME Academy’s 2024 guard standout, Ines Goryanova, has announced her commitment to Baylor University Women’s Basketball, solidifying her place as the second addition to the Bears’ 2024 class, alongside forward Kayla Nelms.
At a height of 5-foot-8, Goryanova has earned her reputation as a No. 71 overall prospect in the highly competitive 2024 class. This exceptional achievement positions her as a promising prospect within the realm of women’s collegiate basketball. Moreover, Baylor’s 2024 class now boasts two top 100 prospects, reinforcing the program’s commitment to excellence and continuous success.
Goryanova’s decision to choose Baylor over formidable offers from institutions like Penn State, Auburn, Cal, Louisville, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, and West Virginia underscores the magnetic pull of the Baylor Bears. When asked about her choice, Ines herself shared her excitement, stating, “I’m super excited to play for Baylor and Coach Nicki. I think she’s an amazing coach and a person that’s going to help me grow as a player and as a person.”
Goryanova’s decision to commit to Baylor is a testament to her admiration for the coaching staff, the program’s welcoming atmosphere, and the genuine connections she felt with the people there. Her choice signifies the profound impact that the Baylor Women’s Basketball program, under the leadership of Coach Nicki, has in nurturing both talent and character.
DME looks forward to having Ines representing the academy in blue and black this season, and knows that she has a successful collegiate career ahead of her.
To learn more about DME Academy’s prestigious girls basketball program and how they’re developing athletes for next-level success, click here.
DME Academy, a distinguished sports institution located in the sunny heart of Daytona Beach, Florida, has long been known for its commitment to excellence in athletic and academic development. This past weekend, DME’s middle school boys’ basketball program reaffirmed their dedication to the game by conquering the Super Six Tournament in Orlando. Both the 7th and 8th-grade teams displayed unwavering determination and skill, emerging victorious without a single loss in the tournament.
The Super Six Tournament was nothing short of a basketball spectacle, with talent from all over the region converging for a thrilling competition. DME Academy’s young athletes showcased their skills, discipline, and team chemistry from the very outset, with the 7th-grade team leading the charge. Throughout the tournament, they left no room for doubt, claiming victory after victory and showcasing their determination and teamwork. The grand finale saw them facing off against the formidable Hoopdreams Elite team, where they triumphed and secured the gold medal.
But the excitement did not end there. The 8th-grade team embarked on an equally challenging journey, demonstrating remarkable resilience and skill to reach the tournament’s final stage. In a closely contested match, they emerged victorious against the fierce Brawlers 2028 team to seize the championship title. Their dedication, hard work, and the unyielding support from their coaches played a pivotal role in this hard-fought victory.
Coach Gyongi Zsolnay, the driving force behind these young athletes, expressed her immense pride in the teams, saying, “Congratulations to all the players of the DME Basketball Middle School program for their effort, perseverance, and the gold medal that comes with winning the tournament.”
The success of both DME’s 7th and 8th-grade teams in the Super Six Tournament is not just a celebration of victory but a testament to the academy’s mission and the vision it upholds. DME strives to provide elite sports education, emphasizing character development, teamwork, and personal growth. This remarkable accomplishment serves as a reminder of the dedication and hard work invested in each player’s development.
Congratulations to the 7th and 8th-grade teams for their undefeated triumph, and we eagerly anticipate the next chapter in their basketball journey. The future indeed looks bright for these budding athletes.
To learn more about DME Academy’s middle school boys’ basketball program, click here.
DME Academy extends a warm invitation to prospective student-athletes, parents, and families to its upcoming Open House event on Monday, November 6. This informative event aims to provide a detailed insight into DME Academy, a renowned institution based in Daytona Beach, Florida, known for its dedication to fostering both athletic and academic excellence at the middle school, high school, and post-graduate levels.
DME Academy at a Glance
DME Academy is a distinguished institution that caters to the needs of student-athletes aspiring to unlock their highest potential, leverage their strengths, and realize their ambitions. Situated in Daytona Beach, Florida, DME provides an extensive array of programs. These encompass co-ed boarding and day school options spanning from 6th to 12th grade, post-graduate programs, as well as year-round offerings, including camps, tournaments, and private and small group training.
Key Highlights of DME Academy’s Open House
DME Academy’s Open House is tailored for local Florida student-athletes seeking to enhance their middle and high school experience and access year-round organized sports programs, a rarity in most local schools, particularly at the middle school level. Geared toward day school student-athletes or commuters, this event provides a window into the extraordinary opportunities that await.
Attendees will have the chance to explore DME’s world-class campus and exceptional athletic facilities, fostering an environment for holistic growth. Additionally, they’ll engage with DME’s elite staff, including dedicated teachers, coaches, and administrators, to gain insight into DME’s premier training regimens, coaching philosophies, and the wealth of resources available to student-athletes. Aspiring attendees can also delve into DME’s academic curriculum, powered by Xceed, offering personalized learning plans, flexible schedules, and academically challenging coursework that prepares students for the next level. Lastly, DME will provide information and details on how Florida residents can benefit from the Step Up scholarships through EMA, ensuring that DME’s world-class education and training are accessible to local families.
DME Academy’s dedication to excellence transcends the athletic field, and the Open House event is your chance to witness this commitment firsthand. Whether you’re an aspiring athlete with dreams of achieving greatness or a parent seeking a top-tier education for your child, DME Academy’s Open House on November 6 is an event you won’t want to miss.
To learn more about DME Academy’s Day School and register for the FREE open house, click here.