Local family celebrates new Naval cadet

Reid Grayson (middle) with his father Brent (left) and grandfather Alton. PHOTO COURTESY OF GRAYSON FAMILY

Lifetime Mint Hill residents Alton and Kathy Grayson are proud grandparents of a newly accepted Naval cadet.  Reid Grayson, son of Brent and Rebecca Grayson, will attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland this fall on a soccer scholarship.
Reid graduates this spring from Nations Ford High School.  His soccer skills took him to national playoffs for numerous seasons, and college scouts had their eyes on him.
After visiting several university campuses, Reid decided to join the Navy and attend the Naval Academy, where applicants rely on nominations from members of Congress.  Reid interviewed with and was nominated by South Carolina Representative Mick Mulvaney.
“He can play soccer, get an education, and serve his country,” said Alton.  “We’re just so proud of our grandson.”
Reid’s current soccer coach, Nick Finotti, has known the Grayson family for many years.  He first coached Reid when he was nine, and has seen Reid enter tough championship competitions.  Finotti said Reid is grounded by the strong support system created by his family.  He has seen Reid grow into the man he is now.
“Reid is a go-getter, a hardworker; he’s competitive and athletic.  It’s developed even more.  That’s what competitors do; they continue to grow in their skill set and athleticism,” said Finotti.  “I was privileged to have him as long as I did.  The Naval Academy is lucky to get him.”
Reid leaves for boot camp June 27.  His time at the Naval Academy will combine education with physical testing.  He said he is nervous, but “prepared for anything.”  His family values have taught him how to step up to challenges.

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