The Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League announced Monday that it has partnered with the family of Daniel Borowy to create the "Goals for Daniel" program, a fundraiser for medical costs for the 17-year-old victim of the Perry Hall High shooting last month.
Borowy, who underwent three surgeries after the Aug. 24 shooting, recently returned home to continue his recovery.
Goals for Daniel will begin Oct. 13 with a soccer marathon at Honeygo Regional Park from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Soccer players, students and members of the Perry Hall community and the surrounding areas will raise money for their participation in six-on-six soccer games. All proceeds from the soccer marathon will go directly to the Borowy family. The soccer marathon will also feature a small-sided game between Blast players and participants from the Allied Sports Program.
Borowy, a special-needs student at Perry Hall Senior High, has a love of sports, including soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, bowling, swimming, horseback riding, tennis, gymnastics, hiking and climbing. He has been an active participant in the Allied Sports Program through Perry Hall, Harford County's Discovery League for individuals with disabilities, the Parkville Recreation Conquerors Program and Kingsville Recreation.
"I am really excited that this event will not only raise funds for Daniel's medical expenses but also raise awareness of the need to kick bullying and violence out of our schools," said Carissa Smith, a close friend of Daniel's sister who approached the Blast with the idea for a fundraising partnership. "We all need to respect and be patient with each other's differences. Thanks to his athletic interests, he is strong enough to get through this. If you have ever met him, you know that he would never hurt anyone. He didn't deserve this at all. I hope to see him a month from now, singing in the car, turning the music up too loud and doing everything he can do to make me laugh."
Also, the Blast will host Goals for Daniel night at 1st Mariner Arena on Nov.3. Students from all over Baltimore County will be invited to attend the Blast's opening game, and the team will donate a portion of ticket sales to Borowy's family.
Additionally, the Blast players will continue to visit local elementary, middle and high schools, urging students to learn from this incident.
The soccer marathon teams will be broken into travel, rec and just-for-fun levels of play, and each player must raise a minimum of $20. The entry form is available at baltimoreblast.com or through Mike Conway at 410-558-4292.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun