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 Boys Soccer winner of the Gatorade G-Award for the week of June 17 is 16-year-old Will Murphy from Denver, Colo.
How long have you been playing soccer for?
I've been playing soccer for 11 years.
Who is your coach?
What is your favorite thing about IMG Academy and why?
Your touch, vision and everything else get a lot better just from the number of hours you put in on the field and I think the coaching is really well-directed. The coaches understand the parts of the game you need to improve on really well.
Do you have any pre-game rituals that help you prepare for a big game?
One that I picked up here a couple of years ago actually is that I use visualization and that just kind of helps me focus and hopefully do what I visualize in the game.
What professional athlete inspires you the most?
I admire [Lionel] Messi, [Cristiano] Ronaldo and all of them, but I don't really have a favorite because I know how hard all of them had to work to get there. I can't really identify one that is better than the rest.
What is your favorite thing to do after you win a game?
Just sit down and go over all of the good plays in my head.
What motivates you to push through a tough practice?
I always think of where I am going to be in six months or a year from now and hope that I'll be that much better because of what I do every day.