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.
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?
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”.