Posted April 16, 2012
Casey Blossom (English & Sociology/Teaching), a Concord, NH native, first got involved with the McKeen center by joining Falcon Friends, a mentoring program for elementary school students in Bowdoinham, ME. This experience solidified her interest in education as well as her love for service work.
During her first year, Casey helped bring to Bowdoin the first annual Lose the Shoes 3v3 soccer tournament to benefit Grassroot Soccer, a non-profit organization that harnesses the power of soccer to educate youth in Africa about HIV/AIDS. The event has been increasingly successful since then and will be held again this spring on May 5th! In her second year at Bowdoin, Casey joined Colleges Against Cancer to help organize Bowdoin’s Relay For Life event to benefit the American Cancer Society. In her third year, Casey was named co-chair of the group. Organizing events such as Relay for Life and the Grassroot Soccer tournament are a passion of hers because they foster a huge amount of community support for a great cause and generate awareness about important larger social and medical issues in the world.
"We are all so fortunate to be at such a prestigious college and to be able to step away from that and utilize that privilege to help others is really important and rewarding. Service work has taught me that individuals have the ability to harness something they are passionate about in order to motivate positive change within a community."
“Community service has really become an integral aspect of my education at Bowdoin and is a passion that I hope to pursue as a career.”