Youth prospect snubs Rusea's, CC for Mt Pleasant opportunity
A talent in both football and track and field, former Barracks Road Primary School standout, 12-year-old Rackeem Grizzle, is heading to Mount Pleasant Football Academy in St Ann.
Grizzle had passed for Rusea's High School and was in the process of transferring to Cornwall College, but has seemingly decided, along with his parents, to focus on developing his footballing skills.
Rackeem's mother, ShadÈ Thompson-Grizzle, told STAR Sports that she is giving him the opportunity to pursue his real passion.
"Yes, he is going to Mount Pleasant. He actually has a passion for football rather than track and field," said Thompson-Grizzle.
"He was indeed interested in football as I said, it is his passion, so I was in the process of having him transferred to Cornwall College. However, I was contacted by Mt Pleasant Academy after which I decided to have him enrolled with them," she added.
Thompson-Grizzle, who applauded the aim of the academy and what it will do for both the students and parents, said the prospect of her son becoming a professional football player was never a major factor in the decision, as that's something he would have to choose for himself later.
"I think it is a pretty good opportunity for both the children and the parents overall. Given the fact that (Mount Pleasant) helps with finance and also that they are not just focused on sports only, but they try to ensure the children have something else while leaving school. They said their main aim is to make them a better person releasing them back into society," she said.
"Looking at it from the angle that Mt Pleasant was going to have him turn into a professional football player, no, that was not it for me. It was all about academics mixed with his passion, so once he is going to get a balance of both (we made the decision)," she added.