Senior Spotlight

Eden Prairie High School’s Blake Cashman starts a new nonprofit organization.
Students participating in an Athletes Answer to Hunger organized by Blake Cashman.

Athletics and community service are two separate spheres for many people, but for Eden Prairie senior Blake Cashman, the two go hand in hand. In July, Cashman, a two-sport athlete and the captain of the Eden Prairie High School basketball team, connected his backgrounds in community service and sports to meet a need when he founded Athletes Answer to Hunger.

Athletes Answer to Hunger is a non-profit that works with athletic teams from around the Twin Cities to bring nutritious meals to those in need through a local company called Harvest Pack. The Eden Prairie football team worked with the organization last fall as a part of a seasonal service project, packing more than 10,500 meals in only a few short hours. “I just love the feeling you get when you see how much people appreciate it,” Cashman says. “You know you’re impacting their life somehow.”

For information or to get involved, visit