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Providence Day School senior field hockey midfielder Grayson Buben is closing out an outstanding
prep career for the Chargers. The daughter of John and Leslie Buben will head north on I-77 to attend
Davidson College next season. Grayson is excited to continue playing the game she loves in addition to
chasing an outstanding education at Davidson.

 
The sport of Field Hockey has been growing by leaps and bounds here in Charlotte. Grayson jumped
on board at just the right time when she first picked up the sport in seventh grade. With hard work and
dedication to improvement, Grayson became a college prospect.

 

As a midfielder, Grayson carries many responsibilities on the field. She shares those with us.

 

“My main responsibilities are to pass and distribute the ball in the right places to set our offense
up for success, creating forward momentum. I have to recover quickly from offense to defense and help
keep the other team out of the scoring circle. I also get to take clean hits or make strategic passes on
penalty corners.”

 

Grayson worked hard to become a college prospect. She shares how it happened.

 

“Mostly through attending and performing well at summer college camps, where the coaches get to
see and meet you on and off the field over a four or five day stretch. There is great one on one interaction
with the coaches and college players at the camps.”

 

“I also play with Charlotte Ambush Select Team. We travel to tournaments in California, Pennsylvania,
Virginia, and Florida. We play indoor tournaments in the Winter and Outdoor tournaments
in Spring, Summer and Fall. The biggest outdoor tournaments are Festival, held over Thanksgiving,
in Palm Springs, CA and West Palm Beach, FL (they rotate venues every year) and Top Recruit, held in
Sarasota, FL. The biggest indoor tournament is Spooky Nook Nationals in Lancaster PA. There are
usually 150+ college coaches at each of these tournaments.”

 

When the coaches began to look closer at Grayson, they found that she was an All-State and All-
Conference player. Her resume also includes playing in the East-West NC All-Star Game in 2016.
Grayson also found success in the larger events and scored game-winning goals in each of the Semi-Final
and Championship games of Cary Academy Cancer for Cure Tournament.

 

After visiting many colleges, Grayson began to focus closer on Davidson College.

 

“There was just a very good fit for me at Davidson. I could tell there was a great chemistry between the
coaching staff and the Davidson players. I bonded with them instantly. They really made me feel welcome
and they seem to have great relationships on and off the field. My first priority is to prepare myself
for life after college and, academically, Davidson fits that bill. For me, Davidson is the perfect place to
balance academics and athletics.”

 

Grayson has always worked hard to achieve academic success. She carries a
3.95 grade point average and is enrolled in three AP classes this year. Grayson
is also a member of the National Honor Society. She has been involved in SOS
(Students of Service) and volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House since the
9th grade.

 

It’s great to see all the talented field hockey players being discovered here in
our community. The South Charlotte Sports Report is very excited for Grayson
and we wish her the very best this season and next year at Davidson. Good Luck
Grayson!

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