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Addison Grindo will play soccer at Wesleyan

By Shirley Shuman

For “around 13 year” Addison Grindo has played soccer, and he doesn’t want to give it up.   As he recently signed to play soccer at West Virginia Wesleyan College, he will not be giving it up. Grindo explained how his gaining a spot on the WVWC team came about.

“I already knew the assistant soccer coach at Wesleyan, so I emailed him, saying ‘I want to play,’” Grindo said. “The coach wanted to set up a call. I spoke with him and asked how many positions were left on the team. I play midfield, and the coach said there were openings for that position,” he added.  Grindo, the son of Dan and Jennifer Grindo,  indicated that he has been guaranteed a position on the team.

The soccer player’s parents are pleased with his choice. His mother said that both she and his father “are very proud of the choice Addison has made academically and for soccer with West Virginia Wesleyan. He has worked very hard to have the opportunity to play soccer at a collegiate level, and we are excited to see him on the pitch with the Bobcats.”

Also excited to see what his former player can do on the field with the Bobcats is his coach, Rick Garavaglia.  “Addison has a lot of potential to do well at Wesleyan,” Coach Garavaglia said. “He has grown up playing soccer. And he knows the game from multiple angles since he has played for so long, his parents are coaches, and he has been refereeing, too.’

Continuing, the coach said, “The college level will give him more opportunity to expand that knowledge, and if he puts in the work, the sky is the limit! I wish him the best as he pursues this dream and as the dream becomes a reality. He will represent Braxton County and his family very well.”

At Wesleyan, Grindo plans to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. He noted, “I will most likely go further in my education.”  He did indicate that his choice will remain in the medical field.