CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – Sacrifice, commitment and hard work are words that are tossed around quite frequently at the Grande Sports Academy and six seniors saw their efforts rewarded by signing their National Letter of Intent on Wednesday night.

The seniors spoke about the experience below.

Grande Sports Academy - National Letter of Intent -Dillon Nino (2)Dillon Nino, University of Dayton: “It feels amazing because of everything that I have had to go through with people doubting me saying I wouldn’t make it and not go to college. Now that I have signed, it just shows that hard work pays. I want to thank my family, coaching staff, tutors at the Grande and Marshall the trainer.”

Grande Sports Academy - National Letter of Intent -Jack Gayton (3)Jack Gayton, University of Louisville: “It felt great seeing all the hard work paying off. I want to thank the coaches, all the Grande staff and especially my family.”

Grande Sports Academy - National Letter of Intent -Corey BairdCorey Baird, Stanford: “I can’t believe after a year and a half after I verbally committed it’s here and my dream of going to Stanford is now a reality. I want to thank my mom and dad for all their support for over the years because I’ve been away from home for the past two and a half years.”

Grande Sports Academy - National Letter of Intent -Tyler Buckley (3)Tyler Buckley, Richmond International Academic & Soccer Academy: “I got really excited with the opportunity it will present and a chance to see different things. I want to thank my family, coaches and friends.”

Grande Sports Academy - National Letter of Intent -Sam Gleadle (2)Sam Gleadle, University of New Mexico: “I have been committed for a while and to finally sign and make it official is a good feeling. I want to thank my family, all the coaches here and at my former club team.”

Grande Sports Academy - National Letter of Intent -Chase Bishov (3)Chase Bishov, Princeton University: “This is an incredible moment for my family and me. I’m just really honored and blessed to have an incredible opportunity to be in the situation moving forward to achieve success on and off the soccer field. I want to thank my family for sacrificing so much for me throughout my soccer career. My coaches at RSL for believing in my ability and constantly working to help me improve and my teammates for creating a sense of camaraderie that I rallied around and believed in.”

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