by Kasey Blair, Class of 2010
I am from Somerset, KY. I graduated from Alice Lloyd College in 2010 with a degree in Physical Education K-12. I attended ALC for many reasons. To start, most of my great-aunts and uncles that attended college went to ALC and my Great-Uncle Doc Watts was the campus physician there for years. It was also in the same area where my dad’s family had lived, and of course, because I received a great education at an extremely affordable price. During my time at ALC, I played on the softball team and ran cross country. My work study was lifeguarding at the campus pool, where I was the Head Lifeguard for two years. This was a great way to prepare me for a future career, because I was held accountable for my schedule, work, and being a leader to others. I won the pools work study award as a sophomore and the Work Study Head award as a senior. I was also selected to the KIAC All-Conference Softball Team.
After I graduated, I was fortunate enough to be hired as the Physical Education teacher at Hindman Elementary (a K-8 school close to ALC’s campus), and was also named the Head Coach of their girls basketball team and the Head Coach of the Knott County Central Softball Team. I was then given the opportunity to move home to Somerset and teach K-5 Physical Education at Southern Elementary where I also acted as the Head Coach of Southwestern High School Softball Team. Unfortunately, jobs were cut in Pulaski County, and I made the decision to go back to school to get a Master’s degree in Sport Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. To complete my degree I had to do an internship and was given the chance to be an intern with the Daytona Cubs Minor League Baseball Team in Daytona Beach, FL, an Advanced A Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. I completed an 8-month internship and was offered a full-time job as the Director of Community Relations and Special Events with the team.
I LOVE working in baseball. My job consists of going into the community schools, community events, 5K races, and taking our Mascot, Cubby, out to those events. I also do all of the work with non-profit organizations, auditions for the singing of the National Anthem, keeping our special event schedule, planning weddings and other events in the off-season, and running all of our special events during games. I hope to eventually obtain a job in Major League Baseball for the Atlanta Braves, but I wouldn’t turn down a job offer in the MLB, regardless of the team. My ultimate goal is to be an on-field photographer for a Major League Baseball team.
I wouldn’t trade my time at ALC for anything in the world. The connections and relationships that I made there are something that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Some people want to go to a big school, but something about the atmosphere of a small school with a small campus is refreshing. You always know that someone has your back, or someone will be there to help you if you are in need, no matter what time of the day, or what the problem is. ALC is truly a family, and I encourage everyone who goes there in the future to get involved in everything you can, make as many connections as you can, and to really become part of the family because no matter how long you have been gone, you are always welcomed back with open arms!
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