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 Baseball winner of the Gatorade G-Award for the week of July 29 is 12-year-old Shion Matsushita from Honolulu.
How long have you been playing baseball for?
I've been playing baseball for the past seven years.
Who is your coach?
What is your favorite thing about IMG Academy and why?
My favorite thing about IMG Academy is the facilities. I can learn a lot.
What professional athlete inspires you the most?
The professional athlete that inspires me the most is Yu Darvish, the pitcher for the Texas Rangers, because he's a good pitcher and he strikes out a lot of people. I play pitcher too.
What is your favorite thing to do after you win a game?
I go eat with my family after I win a game.
What motivates you to push through a tough practice?
I can get better if I push through a tough practice.