Every week at least one athlete from each sport will earn the Gatorade G-Award/IMG Academy Athlete of the Week for displaying Heart, Hustle and Soul, and exhibiting a true desire to reach their true athletic potential.
The IMG Academy Baseball winner of the Gatorade G-Award for the week of July 8 is 15-year-old Nate Goodman from Westchester County, N.Y.
How long have you been playing baseball for?
I've been playing baseball since I was six or seven years old.
Who is your coach?
What is your favorite thing about IMG Academy and why?
My favorite thing about IMG Academy is how much I learned and how you can stand out by just working hard. Everything you think you can do at a camp, you can do here and it's a lot of fun.
Do you have any pre-game rituals that help you prepare for a big game?
Mostly just before I get into the batter's box, I do a couple of things. Just doing the same routine helps me out a lot.
Who inspires you the most?
The coaches here make you want to work harder to get better because they show you about how they did and how they got there and that inspires you to try your best.
What is your favorite thing to do after you win a game?
I hang out with my friends and eat food after I win a game.
What motivates you to push through a tough practice?
Someone could be watching. You want to treat yourself the same on and off the field. If someone's there watching and you're not hustling, you could miss out on a huge opportunity.