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Gainesville High football player tackling school and a small business

Shamon “Shooby” Coleman makes $400 every two weeks to pay for football training camp
Published: Aug. 31, 2020 at 11:21 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Students across North Central Florida are playing defense against the novel coronavirus to keep up with their school work. However, one Gainesville High School student is also tackling the school year as a small business owner.

“I feel I’m made for it so it’s gonna be pretty normal for me,” said Shamon ’Shooby’ Coleman.

Coleman is the proud owner of a lawn mowing company. A busy body since his parents can remember, Shooby started the business over the summer and mows around five to six lawns a week.

“He’s not the type of kid who would like to sit around, be still and do nothing,” said his mother Shannon, who is proud to see her youngest child take initiative amid a pandemic and juggle his Digital Academy classes. “But just to think about him being able to step into high school, stay focused with his business - that at the age of 14-years-old, he’s in a position at eight years from now he can say, ‘hey I’ve had my business since I was 14.’”

Every day after school and on the weekends, Shooby manages his schedule around football practice at GHS and quarterback training camps.

His bi-weekly income goes directly to those camps.

“I’ve always been busy all my life, so this right here is just a little bit more added to it, said Shooby. “I’m just gonna make it through it.”

“Being so responsible and mature, it makes me feel great as a dad,” said Shooby’s father, Stephen. He added it makes him proud to know that Shooby knows the value of hard work to reach his goals.

“NFL after college,” is what Shooby said is guaranteed for his future. Click here to find the information to book Shooby for your lawn.

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