Education Foundation, Blast soccer team seek to enhance partnership
Among the many great sponsors and business partners of Baltimore County’s public schools, the Baltimore Blast is among the most explosive.
Not only is the team a seven-time national Major Indoor Soccer League champion, with on-field play that’s both energetic and exciting, but their school-related events spotlight the achievements of Baltimore County’s students in ways that are both public and thrilling.
So it was a receptive group of BCPS school administrators gathered recently to hear about plans to expand the team’s partnership with the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools through higher-profile Student Achievement Nights at Blast games, “Education is a BLAST Night,” and other ventures.
At the team’s practice facility at the Northeast Regional Recreation Center in Parkville, more than a dozen BCPS principals and other administrators heard from Blast President and General Manager Kevin Healey, Head Coach Danny Kelly, and Assistant General Manager Mike Conway. The group detailed plans put together by both the Blast and Foundation Director Deborah Phelps.
With more details and dates to come, BCPS soccer fans can put several events on their calendars now. The Blast will recognize student academic success during at least three Student Achievement Nights: on December 12, at a to-be-determined date in March 2015 and again on a date during the playoffs. Students will receive a free ticket to those games and will be honored on the field.
This school year’s “Education is a BLAST Night” will be held on February 13, 2015, at 7:35 p.m., with all BCPS teachers and administrators receiving free admission. The team also offers schools with speakers on a variety of topics and fundraisers in which Blast players take on a school’s staff.