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Remembering Cleveland Grimes and his impact on soccer in Chattanooga

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Cleveland Grimes, the longtime executive director of Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority, passed away Tuesday at the age of 58. 

On top of serving the Hamilton County government, Grimes was also known in the Chattanooga area for his decades of work with youth soccer.

Grimes was the vice president of the Tennessee State Soccer Association, the governing body of all registered select soccer players in the state. He was also the longest standing board member of the south east region. 

"He just had a heart to serve others and soccer was his conduit. We're thrilled soccer was the sport he lined himself" said Sean McDaniel, close friend to Grimes and General Manager of Chattanooga FC. 

"Because of the foundation that Cleveland set with youth soccer, really opening the doors for any and all to participate, what it did was it generated interest, not just in the game, but in all the great things soccer can bring and what soccer can bring to Chattanooga."

Cleveland also played an instrumental role in the creation of the North River Soccer Association. Besides being a founding member, Cleveland coached hundreds of young soccer players and helped grow the association from under 100 players, to now more than 600.

"The love of the game went beyond that to the love of his community and that included folks from all walks of life" said Mark Harrison, friend and President of North River Soccer Association. That's what made the connection between his work at WWTA and his hard work at North River. His influence went beyond the four little fields we have in Hixson."

Cleveland's loving humor, parently guidance, and warm welcoming spirit will be greatly missed in the Chattanooga community. His hard work and dedication to the sport of soccer will always be remembered by so many who loved the game like he did. 

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