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A 1992 graduate of Winder-Barrow High School in Winder, GA Grant came to Rome in the fall of 1992 to attend Berry College on an academic scholarship. Athletically, Grant distinguished himself as a member of the Berry College Coed Cheerleading squad from 1994-1996. Academically, Grant distinguished himself as the recipient of several awards and honors, including being named Mr. Berry College in 1994-95, and the recipient of both the Thomas Dixon and Eleanor North Scholarships in Religion from 1993-1996. From 1993-1996, Grant served as the President of the Berry College Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In his senior year, Grant was also named Student Assistant to the Chaplain. Grant graduated from Berry in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy.

Upon graduation from Berry in 1996, Grant was accepted to graduate school at Emory University in Atlanta. In 1998, Grant graduated from Emory University with a Masters degree in Theology. In May of 1996, Grant accepted the position of Director of Youth Ministries at Trinity United Methodist Church in Rome, a position he has held for more than 12 years, and in which he continues to serve today.

In March of 1999, Grant partnered with Rachel Harrell to found Hot Shots Cheerleading and Tumbling Center, the first All Star Cheerleading center in Northwest Georgia. In 2003, Grant served as the General Contractor for construction of the current Hot Shots Cheerleading Center at 181 Iron Street in Rome. At 10,000 square feet, the custom-built Hot Shots Cheerleading Center is one of the largest cheer training facilities in North Georgia, and the only cheer gym in Northwest Georgia to offer an in-ground bungee pit for elite tumbling instruction. Entering its 10th year as Northwest Georgia�s premier cheerleading facility, Hot Shots continues to offer the most elite instruction and facilities in the region to the cheer athletes of Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama.

As a competitive All Star cheerleading coach since 2000, Grant has helped his All Star teams win more than 90 regional, state, open, and national championship titles. Grant has also coached the first and ONLY Level 5 competitive All Star cheer teams in Northwest Georgia for nine consecutive seasons. Grant has placed All Stars on some of the nation�s most successful collegiate cheerleading programs, including the University of Colorado, The University of Georgia, The University of Central Florida, The State University of West Georgia, Wallace State College, Valdosta State University, Brigham Young University, Shorter College, and Stephen F. Austin University. Hot Shots All Stars from Grant�s Level 5 program have gone on to win 8 Collegiate National Championship titles in only 9 years of competitive All Star teams.

As a middle and high school choreographer and Power Hour coach, Grant has helped lead his school teams to 6 consecutive appearances at the GHSA State Cheerleading Finals, 4 GHSA State Runner-Ups in 4 seasons, 4 GHSA Region Championship titles, and 3 GHSA State Championship titles in the past 4 years. As a Class AA choreographer and Power Hour coach, Grant has the most consistent record in the state of Georgia, having choreographed and trained Pepperell High School to the �top 2� in the State for 4 consecutive seasons, including a 2005 GHSA State Championship. In the 2007 GHSA competitive season, Grant helped all 3 high school teams in the team training program at Hot Shots advance to the GHSA State Cheerleading Finals, with none finishing lower than State Runner up, and Trion High School winning their first-ever GHSA State Cheerleading Championship. In 2008, Grant helped advance two high school teams to the GHSA State Cheerleading Finals, with Trion High School winning its second consecutive GHSA State Championship and Rome High School finishing �Top 4� in the State for the second year in a row in the Coed division. With Trion�s win at GHSA State, they completed an �undefeated� season. Additionally, though only a Class A team, their winning score at GHSA State was high enough to outscore the Class AA, AAA, AAAAA, and Coed GHSA State Champions, the first time in GHSA history that a Class A State Champion has outscored 3 of the remaining 4 divisions.

Grant and his wife Rachel have been married for 7 years, business partners for 10 years, cheerleading partners for 15 years, and reside in Rome with their new daughter, Annabelle Grace.