RMA junior Cam’Ron “Shad” Dabney, who is a Gainesville native, was recently featured in the Gainesville Times highlighting his successes both in the classroom and on the athletic field.
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Riverside Military Academy junior Cam’Ron “Shad” Dabney, who is a Gainesville native, was recently featured in the Gainesville Times highlighting his successes both in the classroom and on the athletic field. Dabney’s coaches and teachers believe that Shad’s achievements are possible because of RMA’s emphasis on a consistent work ethic day in and day out.
“Shad is one of those rare athletes with natural raw talent, but talent only goes so far,” says Marc Paglia, RMA’s Athletic Director.
“Our knowledgeable and dedicated coaches guided and nurtured Shad’s talent leading to his dominating success on the football field, basketball court, and on the track. Everyone in the RMA community is extremely proud of Shad, and we are confident he will be even more successful at the NCAA Division 1 college level.”
“Shad came to RMA as a gifted natural athlete who always competed at a high level. By being at RMA for two years, he’s learned the value of a strong work ethic, both athletically and academically,” says Tim Cummings, RMA’s Head Track and Field Coach, “I think running track at RMA for the last two years, as well as the other sports he has participated in, have helped him realize the power and importance of hard work daily. This improved work ethic has provided him, at the time of this writing, 14 opportunities to be a Division 1 athlete at some of the best colleges and universities in the country, with more to come.”
Shad’s commitment to being a great student-athlete extends equally into the classroom where RMA provides a structured environment conducive for academic success and character and leadership development.
“The structure, discipline and honor code of Riverside Military Academy has helped shape the cadet-student-athlete of Dabney,” says Nick Garrett, RMA’s Head Football Coach. “But he is also a leader who inspires his peers at RMA and the community in which he lives.”
“Shad spends the same amount of energy in the classroom and on the field/court/track which is the testament of his desire to be the best at both,” said Marvin Latham, RMA’s Head Basketball Coach.
Shad has also spent time serving as the senior producer of RMA’s cadet-driven news show, the Eagle News Network, and applies the same work ethic he’s learned while at the Academy.
“Shad’s ability to take command of his broadcast production team and inspire them to produce quality content, by their deadlines, is a representation of the leader he has become,” says Zach Garrett, RMA’s Director of the Eagle News Network, “Because of the support of his family, teammates, coaches, teachers, and Riverside Military Academy, Shad Dabney has proved that anything is possible when one focuses on their goals and works hard until they are achieved.”