Foundation Academy baseball and football player Ethan Pate is the starting wide receiver and safety for the football team. Pate currently has two touchdowns and threw two innings for zero hits for the fall baseball game against Apopka. “(He) also played for Power Baseball on the weekends and plays in fall baseball games after football practice at FA,” said head baseball coach Dakota Grove. “(He) shows up to morning weights … and is a started for baseball as well. (He is a) great kid, too!”
How did you get into football and baseball?
I started playing T-ball when I was about 5 years old. I always did flag football just to have fun, and I started getting serious at the end of my freshman year for football.
What do you love most about baseball/football as a sport?
I like baseball because it can help you in life with decision making. I like football because it helps me have fun and just gets my mind off things.
What do you believe baseball and football have taught you both on the field and in life?
Definitely discipline and how to be a leader — just because how you have to work with other people in both sports, having to be smart and knowing how to do things and when to do them.
What do you think about when you are in the middle of a game?
I’m always just thinking how I can help my team and how I can focus on the play and not (past plays).
What is your favorite thing about being a part of your teams?
Just the chemistry and how we all get along and how we are all playing for God — because it makes it bigger.
Since you have been at Foundation, what has been your favorite moment so far?
Probably going to the state championship for baseball my eighth-grade year.
What is your favorite hobby?
I like to golf.
Who is your favorite professional player? Why?
I like Josh Allen, the quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. I just like him because of the way he plays football.
What are three things you would take with you to a deserted island?
I (would) probably take my golf clubs and bag; probably a steak because it’s my favorite food; and then my friend Anthony (Miceli).
What is your favorite movie?
I like “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith.”
If you could choose one person you admire to have dinner with, who would it be?
Probably Ronald Reagan. I just like him, how he was the president and stuff. (I would ask him) what is (it) like to be the president of the United States.
Looking back, what would you say to your 10-year-old self?
Just keep working and that God has a plan for you.
If you could write a letter to your future self, what would you say?
Probably to look (back and reflect) at how far we’ve come (from) where I was whenever I was younger.
What is your biggest fear?
Spiders — they are just scary.
What is your favorite type of music?
I like rap music; I like Drake.
Who is you favorite superhero? Why?
Spider-man, because he’s young, and he’s strong.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
It would probably be super speed. That way I can run all over town and stuff.
What are three places you would like to visit? Why?
I’s like to go to Hawaii, Iceland and Antartica. They are so different from (the continental United States).
If you could go back in time to a specific period of history, which one would it be and why?
I’d like to go back to 1917 — just to see what World War I was like and how it was for (the) people (who lived it).
What color would you say represents your personality? Why?
My favorite color is purple, but I don’t know how it’d represent me. Maybe because it has a chill vibe.
If you could be an animal for a day, which one would you be and why?
I’d probably (be) a shark. That way, I can see the ocean and be the top predator.