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Gerrit Church of Syracuse, N.Y. wins IMG Academy Boys Soccer Gatorade G-Award Week of August 12

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 Boys Soccer winner of the Gatorade G-Award for the week of August 12 is 16-year-old Gerrit Church from Syracuse, N.Y.

How long have you been playing lacrosse for?

I've been playing soccer since I was five, and I'm 16 now.

Who are your coaches?

Coach Tonio Paternostro.

What are your favorite things about IMG Academy and why?

I like the all the opportunities you have here, like with the weight-room, the fields and the coaches.

What professional athletes inspire you the most?

Probably Steven Gerrard (Liverpool F.C.) because of how much of a leader he is and the loyalty he has shown to his club.

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

Take an ice bath.

What motivates you to push through a tough practice?

The fact that I know that I am getting better.