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NEVADA UNION ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME: Caseywood

There are several reasons why the folks at Caseywood Corporation are quick to pitch in any way they can to benefit the community and Nevada Union High School.

"One: when we were kids, somebody was doing it for us. We were able to play on those fields and play in those gyms," Caseywood co-owner Kevin Casey said of the company's many contributions to Nevada Union and its athletic programs.

"More importantly we do business here. We're all from here and we sell a lot of product to the community, and ask the community to support us. We always say 'you can't build your business on the backs of your community, you have to build it with the community.' And, these are the things that are important to us."

Because of Caseywood's continued support of Nevada Union athletics, including playing a major role in bringing synthetic turf to Hooper Stadium in 2006, Caseywood is being inducted into the Nevada Union Athletics Hall of Fame.

Replacing the grass field with synthetic turf in 2006 was a large undertaking that brought together multiple businesses in Nevada County all donating materials and labor, and Kevin Casey gets much of the credit for organizing and facilitating the three-month undertaking that resulted in a brand new turf at Hooper Stadium for very little cost to the school and district.

Kevin Casey owns Caseywood along with his brother Mark Casey and brother in-law Brent Fraser. All of which have ties to Nevada Union. Mark played basketball at Nevada Union under fellow Hall of Famer Kermit Young and is now the co-head coach of the boys varsity basketball team.

Kevin played football while at NU and his kids have made their way through the school and athletic programs as well. Fraser didn't attend Nevada Union, but his son, Jack Fraser, is currently a junior at NU and a standout on the basketball team.

Mark Casey added that Nevada Union High School is a place the community can be proud of and he's happy to to give back to the school that gave him so much.

"We feel like anything we benefitted from when we were there, we want to give back," he said.

Caseywood has also contributed to the betterment of the community outside of the high school, including donating labor and materials for local little league fields and the skate park at Condon Park.

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