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By Denis Lafontaine
              FOOTBALL ALUMNI IN THE NEWS              
ATHLETIC ACADEMY FOUNDERS GIVING BACK SO
THAT OTHERS CAN GET THEIR OWN BIG BREAKS
May 3, 2013


Current staff members seen clockwise from
the top left: Jabari Arthur, Shawn Mayne,
Adrian Davis, Ron Aboud and Nathan Taylor.

ALUMNI ARE HELPING ASPIRING PROS

Back in 2009, Former Vanier Cheetahs Football stars Adrian Davis, Shawn Mayne, Kevin Challenger, Jabari Arthur, Jonathan Williams and Blake Butler all made it in the CFL and then decided to do something concrete to help others have the same chance they did. Led by CFL veteran receiver Jabari Arthur, they formed a group called The Athletic Academy.

They have recently been joined by Cheetahs quarterback coach Ron Aboud and former Cheetah great Nathan Taylor, currently a CFL Prospect for the 2013 Draft and a Defensive Back for the Concordia Stingers.

After celebrating his team's Grey Cup win in 2008, Jabari Arthur stayed in Montreal and helped create the company with three other CFLers. The founding group, which included defensive lineman Adrian Davis, defensive lineman Sean Mayne and receiver Kevin Challenger, helped aspiring football players reach the next level.

"We worked with young kids who aspire to reach the next level," Arthur said. "We were fortunate enough to get to the U.S. (on scholarships), so we're trying to bring back a piece of what we learned. "We hope to give them an opportunity we weren't shown."

Now, four years later, the Athletic Academy is still going strong and still helping aspiring football players with dreams of making it in the professional ranks. They just completed a very successful camp in Greenfield Park on April 26 to 28, 2013 and are currently preparing for their next two camps. Current Athletic Academy president Adrian Davis sent us the following message:

The first Athletic Academy Camp in equipment (for Senior) was a huge success! The competition for the Athletic Academy Cup was intense! The offense finally pulled of the big Win, by 1 point! Don’t miss your chance to work with the best coaching staff there is:

- Jabari Arthur (Receiver for the Calgary Stampeders and 2008 Grey Cup Champ)
- Gilles Lezi (Ex-CFL and NCAA player, RB Coach for the 2012 Jr World Champs)
- Shawn Mayne (Ex-CFL and NCAA player, Grey Cup Champion in 2009 & 2010)
- Woodly Jean (All-Canadian O-Line for the Mtl. Carabins, Ex-Collegial OL Coach)
- Ron Aboud (QB and Offensive Coordinator for the Vanier Cheetahs)
- Nathan Taylor (2013 CFL Draft Prospect, DB for Concordia Stingers)

Athletic Academy website

Upcoming Camps: In Lasalle on May 10 to 12, 2013 and in St-Bruno on May 24 to 26, 2013
More info is available from this page on the Athletic Academy website.

MORE ATHLETIC ACADEMY LINKS:

Article on Versus website           April 2013 Camp Video           April 2013 Camp Photos           Athletic Academy home page


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