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 11-year-old Diego Garcia from Barranquilla, Colombia.
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.
What is your favorite thing about IMG Academy and why?
My favorite thing about IMG Academy is that the coaches say things in ways that are different than what other people say and they are like our friends.
Do you have any pre-game rituals that help you prepare for a big game?
I always think about what I am going to do before a game.
What professional athlete inspires you the most?
David Ortiz is the professional athlete that inspires me the most because he has good power.
What is your favorite thing to do after you win a game?
My friends and I are always happy after we win a game and we celebrate together afterwards.
What motivates you to push through a tough practice?
Every day we learn something new and become more.