Few Alabamians have traveled the road to public service as Jeremy Gray. A native son of Opelika, Alabama, Gray excelled as a three-sport athlete at Opelika High School where he gained notoriety as a high school football player who overcame all odds to become one of Alabama High School Athletic Association’s top student-athletes. His hard work and athletic talent earned him a scholarship to North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he quickly became a standout football player and team captain. While participating in collegiate athletics, Gray maintained a 3.0 GPA and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management. Upon completion of his collegiate career, Gray played four years of professional football but found his way back home.
After completing his career as a professional athlete, Gray traveled the country training individuals in health, nutrition, and holistic wellness through yoga and weight training programs before setting his sights on his return back home to East Alabama. Armed with education, professional experience, and purpose, Gray, better known to many clients, customers, and friends as “Mr. EYG,” returned to Alabama as a small businessman founded Elevate Your Grind Inc., a health and wellness brand, which assists individuals in the Southeast Region in connecting with the strength within to become more productive individuals in their everyday lives. Focusing on developing the mind, body, and soul through training and preparation in the areas of health, education, and leadership development, Gray has assisted many individuals with transforming into a more aware, healthy, and uplifted versions of themselves. A successful entrepreneur ready to give back in a greater way, Gray owns and operates a fast-growing sports and fashion apparel company that merchandise markets span throughout the United States and Canada.
After returning back home armed with the tools to make a sustainable impact in the business community, Gray formed EYG, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3), as a way to begin giving back to the community in a greater way. Through his nonprofit, Gray has developed and managed health and wellness programs and training, youth athletic camps, children feeding programs, community nonviolence and alternative dispute awareness rallies, and community development projects throughout East Alabama. But with that engagement, Gray became further concerned that the lack of noticeable productivity in the community has a direct correlation to the lack of grabbing hold to viable opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship. With that in mind, Gray purchased and converted the property of his late great-grandfather, Lottie B. Curtis, into a special-use development to provide the Jeter community with improved access to local business development assistance, mental health and wellness services for workforce development, and became actively involved with the planning by City of Opelika to provide updated community facilities and outdoor spaces for the residents of Ward 2.
Today, Gray has been engaged in community development and improvements throughout Opelika, with an emphasis on collaborating with political leadership to bring about change impoverished areas within District 83. In his successes that have brought about change, Gray has served on the advisory board for the Opelika Community of Hope, Opelika High School Career Tech, Lee-Russell Ombudsman, and Opelika Ward 2. In addition to his responsibilities as a board member, Gray is a member of the 100 Black Men of Opelika/Auburn and Greater Peace Missionary Baptist Church where Rev. Clifford E. Jones is the pastor. Gray has been honored with the distinction of being an Opelika Chamber of Commerce’s 20 Under 40 Alumnus, Alpha Kappa Alpha Humanitarian Award recipient, recipient of the Golden Rule Lodge Community Involvement Award, and presented small business development and health and wellness lectures to area chambers of commerce, hospital administrations, mental health providers, elderly care service organizations, local school districts, social clubs, and athletic teams.
Disquieted by the awareness of the political climate experienced while engaging in economic and community projects, and in response to residents of District 83 sentiments encouraging him to run for State Representative, the call to public service has become a movement for Gray to be the change needed. During community engagements, Gray received increasing requests to organize community awareness events on issues that deal with the quality of life of residents and businesses in Lee and Russell County. Challenged by the visible lack of apathy by local leadership to respond the concerns expressed by the community over the years, Gray is now advocating becoming real representation that reflects the willful desire of residents to be included as recipients of the benefits of the
apparent growth that has taken place in East Alabama. And, with the challenge of overcoming politics as usual, Gray is prepared to respond to the call for change by accepting the desire of residents for Gray to be the fresh face
of leadership that will usher in a stronger sense of community well-being, economy, and industry equality with a message of envisioning a future of engagement and entrepreneurship that will secure greater opportunities and a
greater quality of life for all residents.
Gray understands it is time to hold leadership accountable for the lack of real representation that reflects the needs of people and not politicians’ self-interests. There is no grandstanding with Gray. If sworn into office at 33
years old, Gray’s vitality will show up every day in the way he responds to the needs of his business alongside his responsibilities to the community. Gray demonstrates his support for improved advocacy for educational funding
and support for local educators who create learning environments for children from cradle to career. Gray hears the voices of displaced workers and students leaving area high schools and colleges that want local job opportunities.
In like manner, Gray experiences the plight of local businesses and area farmers dependent upon improved infrastructure and abatements to improve logistics to increase productivity in local supply chains and distribution in
efforts to provide more local jobs.
Jeremy Gray, Mr. EYG, is a real opportunity for District 83 to rediscover they have a voice that can vote in a new wave of real change that will work to bring opportunity to the people of this district. Elect Gray as a voice that will put in place viable community wellness initiatives that will move people from poverty to productivity and from promise to prosperity in order to allow for productivity amongst all residents, businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators who are looking for connectivity to the growth taking place throughout East Alabama. For Gray, this is not about politics as usual, this is about people. Ask yourself who do you believe will your voice for your needs in District 83! To contribute to this election campaign, please make donations at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail donations to: Friends to Elect Jeremy Gray for State House of Representatives, P.O. Box 0055, Opelika, Alabama 36803-0055.