Every week of camp, IMG Academy selects the Athlete of the Week sponsored by Gatorade. The honoree is bestowed the G-Award in recognition of the athlete who displays Heart, Hustle and Soul, and exhibits a true desire to reach their true athletic potential.
The IMG Academy Lacrosse winner of the Gatorade G-Award for the week of August 2 is 14-year-old Alexandra Marshall from Vero Beach, Fla.
How long have you been playing tennis for?
I am 14, and for the past three years I have only been playing in the summer.
What are your favorite things about IMG Academy and why?
There is a lot. I think the whole package deal is the best. We have the physical training in the morning so we are always ready to go and physically fit. Then we have warm ups so we can keep on our toes.
Do you have any pre-game rituals that help you prepare for a big game?
I just try and focus and take away all distractions.
What professional athlete inspires you the most?
My mom. She played in college and she taught me. I really look up to her.
What is your favorite thing to do after you win a game?
Usually I am really happy. I congratulate my teammates. Then I think about what I did right and what I can improve on.
What motivates you to push through a tough practice?
Well first I have to keep hydrated so physically I can get through the day. Mentally, I just go through every practice trying to stay positive.