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 Baseball winner of the Gatorade G-Award for the week of July 1 is 16-year-old Gill Hurtig from Evanston, Ill.
How long have you been playing baseball for?
I've been playing baseball since I was four years old.
Who is your coach?
Coach Pete Paciorek. All of the coaches really helped me a lot though; they contributed to helping me get better in so many different ways.
What is your favorite thing about IMG Academy and why?
My favorite thing about IMG Academy is seeing the different levels of play from people all around the world, and getting to meet them and learn what they like about their sport.
Do you have any pre-game rituals that help you prepare for a big game?
Whenever I have a bad game at the plate, I change what shampoo I use in the morning of the next game.
What professional athlete inspires you the most?
Joey Votto inspires me the most because of his impressive approach.
What is your favorite thing to do after you win a game?
I celebrate with my teammates and we have a lot of fun.
What motivates you to push through a tough practice?
Just knowing that there's going to be another day tomorrow. Baseball is unique in that every day is a new day so there will always be new opportunities. If a specific day is not going too well, I tell myself that I just have to get through it to be successful the next day.