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 July 1 is 16-year-old Santiago Prada from San José, Costa Rica.
How long have you been playing soccer for?
I've been playing soccer for all of my life.
Who is your coach?
What is your favorite thing about IMG Academy and why?
My favorite thing about IMG Academy is the camp. This is the first time I've seen so many fields to practice on and to develop your soccer skills.
Do you have any pre-game rituals that help you prepare for a big game?
I just get hydrated and practice my field work.
What professional athlete inspires you the most?
The professional athlete that inspires me the most is Sergio Ramos. He is a Latin defender and has very good character. He knows how to play well and the position he plays in is the same as mine.
What is your favorite thing to do after you win a game?
I'm happy after I win a game and afterwards, I thank God and then I congratulate my team.
What motivates you to push through a tough practice?
What motivates me to push through a tough practice is knowing that everything I do is going to help me get better. I may be exhausted but the extra effort I put in will improve my soccer skills.