The Baltimore Blast celebrated school and community when they hosted the Milwaukee Wave at 1st Mariner Arena on Hope4Life and breast cancer awareness night. The Baltimore Blast, 14-5 on the season, have already clinched the 2012 Eastern Division regular season title and a spot in the 2012 MISL postseason.
Hope4Life is the Blast school and community program, initiated and run by assistant coach David Bascome. The Hope4Life school program is geared towards schools and recreational programs throughout Maryland and students of all ages.
The program focuses on the importance of staying in school, avoiding drugs and violence and working hard to meet your goals. As the Baltimore Blast celebrates 32 seasons of professional indoor soccer in Baltimore, the team strives to entwine itself in the community and promote the good that can come from positive role models and positive reinforcement.
Due to generous partnerships with a number of local organizations including MECU, IWIF, Northwestern Mutual and Rudolph’s Office and Computer Supply, the Baltimore Blast invited students from across the state to attend the game against the Wave and they took part in a pre-game Hope4Life talk by Bascome.
“Hope4Life and breast cancer awareness night was a night that I am very proud to see happen,” said Bascome. “The Blast has been a strong presence in the community for many years and giving back every year makes me proud, not just as an assistant coach or former player, but as someone who has been through hard times and needed the same support.”
Bascome concluded, “This was a special evening because it is these continued collaborations between the Blast and the community that will help give our young people hope.”