Northern alum taking volleyball team on Dominican mission

Jan. 28, 2013 @ 03:52 PM

Cassie Blackmon’s Wilson Fike volleyball team had its share of success on the hardwood this past season, but wins and losses won’t be the squad’s top priority in its next competition.

Blackmon, a 2007 Northern Vance graduate, and her Fike bunch are raising funds for a mission trip to the Dominican Republic in June.

The trip is organized by Sport Evangelism And Mission, whose purpose is to “strengthen and support coaches, officials and athletes in their Christian faith and provide mission trips and opportunities for outreach.”

The Fike players will compete against a team from a girls orphanage during their stay. Blackmon said she’s heard the girls are very talented.

The Dominican Republic women’s national volleyball team has been competitive on the international stage in recent years, placing fifth in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Blackmon said the trip will be particularly beneficial for her older players. The Golden Demons had nine seniors this season.

“It’s important for them to see how unfortunate other kids their age are and take that with them to college, realize how fortunate they are,” said Blackmon.

A visit to a childcare center, assisting in feeding a village and attending a local church are also on Fike’s itinerary.

Blackmon, who played at Barton College, led the Golden Demons to a 21-4 record in 2012, her second season at the helm of the program. Fike was eliminated in the third round of the 3-A state playoffs.

Blackmon said the team still needs to raise around $4,000 to make the trip possible.

To contribute, contact Blackmon at