By Amanda Eisenberg’16
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – RJ Kaminski, a junior broadcast journalism major, has two full-time jobs: attending classes at the University of Maryland and running social media for an organization that has raised nearly $1 million in its four-year history.
Shootout for Soldiers, a 24-hour lacrosse event that raises money to benefit charities for veterans, started out as one event, held at Kaminski’s Baltimore high school, The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland. In its first year, the event brought in about $120,000; Kaminski and his friends had set a goal for $10,000.
“We thought OK, we have something here,” he said. “So five years later, we’re hitting eight cities this summer, all across the country, and putting on a 24-hour event in all those cities.”
Shootout for Soldiers has partnered with Major League Lacrosse and Under Armour for this year’s summer events, along with four national charities.
“Something exciting we’re doing this year is in every city, we’re picking two local charities to give 10 percent of the money to,” Kaminski said. “We just announced our Baltimore charities: the Baltimore Station, which helps with homelessness in the area, and Catch a Lift, which is a nonprofit that helps veterans exercise. They’re each getting 10 percent this year.”
Kaminski said he used a lot of his classroom skills to help with social media for the organization.
“In my classrooms, the support I have from all the teachers … they’ve always been willing to give advice,” he said. “The Merrill school definitely has been a great part in doing what I do. “
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