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Lele Popwell of Memphis, Tenn. wins IMG Academy Girls Soccer Gatorade G-Award Week of July 1

Cindy Yu
Lele Popwell from Tennessee named IMG Academy Girls Soccer Gatorade G-Award Winner

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 Girls Soccer winner of the Gatorade G-Award for the week of July 1 is 15-year-old Lele Popwell from Memphis, Tenn.

How long have you been playing soccer for?

I've been playing soccer for as long as I can remember. It's been my main sport for my whole life.

Who is your coach?

Coach Aidan DavisonKim Dean and Tonio Paternostro.

What is your favorite thing about IMG Academy and why?

My favorite thing about IMG Academy is all of the coaches because they know a lot about the game and there's so many that they can all give you different opinions about how you play.

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

I pray before every game and I listen to music on the way to the field.

What professional athlete inspires you the most?

The professional athlete that inspires me the most is Alex Morgan because she's one of the younger girls on the US Women's National Team but she still makes such a big difference even though she hasn't been there for that long.

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

My favorite thing to do after I win a game is to eat a really big meal.

What motivates you to push through a tough practice?

What motivates me to push through a tough practice is thinking about my goals in soccer. I know that I have to push through whatever I'm doing to be able to achieve those goals eventually because hard work pays off.

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