Fellowship of Christian Athletes Praying for South Carolina Community That Lost Citadel Campus Director and Football Chaplain Ra’Shaud Graham
April 30, 2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) is praying for its South Carolina community that has lost a young campus leader and football team chaplain.
Ra’Shaud Graham, 26, drowned April 28 when his kayak capsized in Berkeley County. Graham had served as the Lowcountry Fellowship of Christian Athletes Campus Representative and the team chaplain for The Citadel Bulldog football team.
“My deepest prayers and support go out for Ra’Shaud’s family and friends,” said Josh Gilreath, FCA Vice President of Field Ministry for the Carolina Region. “In such a short time, he impacted so many. As we grieve the loss of our beloved teammate, we can be inspired by Ra’Shaud’s example to live his life for God’s purposes and God’s glory.”
Graham was a 2016 graduate of The Citadel, where he was a member of the track and field team and a company commander of the Summerall Guards, a precision drill unit. At Lake City High School, he also ran track, played football and wrestled, and worked as a coach and teacher there for two years. In 2016, Lake City’s mayor and City Council honored him with a proclamation hailing his “love and devotion to our children and community.”
“We are going to hurt from this huge loss of one of our own.,” said Citadel head football coach Brent Thompson. “We will be forever grateful for the inspiration and guidance that he gave our football program. Ra’Shaud was one of the most genuine people and had a tremendous impact on our athletes this past year. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this very difficult time.”
Added Lowcountry FCA Metro Area Director Justin Neally, “Ra’Shaud Graham was an outstanding leader for Lowcountry FCA. He sacrificed so much to answer his call to ministry. The legacy he leaves on campus and the impact made on all whom he met will live on for eternity.”
Ryan Wright, Multi Area Director for Coastal South Carolina FCA, said the ministry was “incredibly excited” to have a man like Graham on the FCA team.
“Ra’Shaud’s relentless determination to succeed, magnanimous personality, unwavering love of family and fiancée, and his undeniable devotion to Jesus Christ makes his loss incredibly tough,” Wright said. “We grieve with all who knew and loved him.”
A November 2019 article in the Post and Courier newspaper reporting on Graham’s new position as campus director for FCA outlined how the people of Lake City, a rural town of 6,000 in Florence County, South Carolina, came together to help put the standout athlete through school at The Citadel.
“That community put me through school, bought me food and clothes,” Graham had said. “I owe a lot to Lake City. The Citadel gave me all these opportunities, and now I have the platform to go back to Lake City and share what God can do with the young people there.”
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