Last night, the Blast fought off a determined Rockford Rampage and defeated them by the score of 13-10, to win the 2009 NISL Championship in front of a boisterous crowd at 1st Mariner Arena. They have won enough championships to make them a model franchise on the “pitch”, but I want to write about how the Blast/Spirit/Blast have been a model franchise OFF of the field since they arrived as part of the original MISL in 1980.
An area in which they have been particularly exceptional is their dedication to community service . This tradition had been handed down from the Kenny Cooper era teams in the 80’s to the current era led by head coach Danny Kelly, owner Ed Hale, GM Kevin Healey, and all of their players, front office and staff.
This organization continues to strive to have their members be role models to the community. I had the pleasure and opportunity to interview several members of the Blast immediately after their victory. From goalkeeper Sagu to forward Matt Watson to midfielder Robbie Aristodemo to NISL Rookie of the Year Pat Healey to the previously GM Kevin Healey to the owner Mr. Hale – EACH AND EVERYONE OF THEM WERE COMPLETELY ACCESSIBLE AND PERFECT GENTLEMEN!
Teams of any level of organized sports should look to the Baltimore Blast as examples of how to be winners on and off of the field.