Baltimore Blast to help shooting victim, Daniel Borowy

Baltimore County Police hand out free gun locks


Giving Daniel Borowy the honor of throwing out the first pitch at the first home playoff game in Baltimore in 15 years spoke up against bullying even louder than the stadium sounded over those first two nights, but now just a week later the Baltimore Blast is blocking bullying with its own nod to the Perry Hall High School shooting victim.

"It hit home.  It's in our backyard right now and we got to stop it.  We got to be able to put our arms around kids that are getting picked on and say everything is going to be alright."

Which is why Kevin Healey's Baltimore Blast is putting on a clinic tomorrow at Honeygo Park in Whitemarsh in honor of Daniel Borowy.

They are calling it a soccer festival; Blast players will be there signing autographs, playing mini-games with Daniel's old youth team and plenty of other activities for young soccer fans and families.

It is free to attend but is meant to raise money for Daniel's family now saddled with the hospital bills from the damage that shotgun caused on the first day of school.

"We feel great about it.  Every penny from tomorrow's event, Saturday's event will go to Daniel's fund and this is what we are, this is what we are all about.  We are out in the community," said Healey.

The outpouring for Daniel in this community has been something special but as he continues to heal the focus now starts to switch toward prevention.

"Use that gun safety lock, it cost just a few dollars.  In this case we will give it to you free," said Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson.

Friday, Baltimore County Police launched a new program.

Now, if you live in Baltimore County you can walk up to any precinct and get up to three gun locks for free.

The Baltimore County Police Foundation donated nearly five thousand dollars to start this program and the chief says as these free locks are handed out, his department will look to fund more.

"We will look for measures or means to continue this on.  This is good stuff.  It's smart proactive safety for all our families and our use these gun locks." 

It is a measure police say may have prevented the shooting at Perry Hall and the life threatening injury to Daniel Borowy, his story now not only causing change but continuing to rally a community.

The soccer festival sponsored by the Baltimore Blast will be at Honeygo Park Saturday from two to six pm.

In addition to whatever money is raised there, the team also plans on donating three dollars for some of the tickets sold for their home opener on November 3rd.

For more information call the team at 410.73-BLAST.


Original Story

On Saturday the Baltimore Blast will host a special event to help raise funds for Daniel Borowy.

Borowy, a special needs student at Perry Hall High School was shot and injured on August 24th after another student brought a gun to school.

The Baltimore Blast, along with members of Daniel's family created "Goals for Daniel," a program to help raise funds to go towards Daniel's medical expenses.

As a part of the program, the team will host a festival-like event at Honeygo Regional Park from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, with all proceeds going to directly to the Borowy family. Event organizers say there will be soccer games and raffles. The event is free, but those in attendance are asked to make a donation to the Borowy family.

The Baltimore Blast will also host a "Goals for Daniel" event at First Mariner on November 3rd for their first home game. Special "Daniel Borowy tickets" will be sold with $3 of each ticket to benefit the Daniel.

Borowy was recently seen on national television as he threw out the first pitch of game one in the AL division series between the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees .

For information on purchasing a special ticket for the November 3rd Blast home opener, call 410-73-BLAST.