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John Shackelford of Jackson, Miss. wins IMG Academy Athletic and Personal Development Gatorade G-Award Week of July 15th

Zachary Dash
John Shackelford of from Jackson, Miss. wins IMG Academy APD Gatorade G-Award Week of July 15th

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 Athletic and Personal Development winner of the Gatorade G-Award/IMG Academy Athlete of the Week Award is John Shackelford from Jackson, Miss.

How long have you been playing football/soccer for? 

I have been playing football since fourth grade and soccer since I was six years old. I am 12, and about to turn 13.

Who is your coach?

Coach Nicholas Panetta.

Nicholas Panetta

What is your favorite thing about IMG Academy and why?

I have met a lot of friends here.

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

No, I just stretch.

What professional athlete inspires you the most?

Ray Lewis.

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

Celebrate. Me and my team will go out to eat.

What motivates you to push through a tough practice?

I just talk to myself and say “shut up and do the workout”.

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