- Johnny Esfeller
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.