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Dakota Ortiz of Orlando, N.J. wins IMG Academy Lacrosse Gatorade G-Award Week of July 29

Cindy Yu
Dakota Ortiz from Orlando, Fla. named IMG Academy Lacrosse Gatorade G-Award Winner

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 July 29 is 17-year-old Dakota Ortiz from Orlando, Fla.

How long have you been playing lacrosse for?

I've been playing lacrosse for about two years.

Who are your coaches?

Coach Patrick Haley and Jason Basso.

What are your favorite things about IMG Academy and why?

My favorite things about IMG Academy are the atmosphere and good coaching -- I get one-on-one time since I'm a defenseman and I'm one of the only ones here so I work with each coach individually, so it's a lot of help.

Do you have any pre-game rituals that help you prepare for a big game?

I usually just listen to certain songs and sit in my locker room. I get tuned in and envision what I am going to do on the field. 

What professional athlete inspires you the most?

The professional athlete that inspires me the most is Tom Brady just because I like the New England Patriots and he's pretty athletic but he doesn't get cocky. He just stays down to Earth even though he's won Super Bowls.

What is your favorite thing to do after you win a game?

We all celebrate in the locker room. Sometimes, we go out to dinner afterwards or hang out at each other's houses.

What motivates you to push through a tough practice?

What motivates me to push through a tough practice is just trying to get better. You have to do what others are not willing to do so you need to work harder than everyone else. I always want to beat everyone else so i just work harder and fight through it.