BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Efforts continue to remember and honor Rowan Sweeney, a child shooting victim from Struthers.

On Sunday, there was a homerun derby fundraiser at Boardman Park.

The first ever “Rippin’ for Rowan” event raised money to build Rowan’s Memorial Park. It was held at the site where his park will be built.

The homerun derby was sponsored by Senor Jalapeno Baseball team out of Struthers. About 10 teams participated.

There was also food, merchandise and vendors.

“He was so young, he deserved to live his life and he should still be here and as his father I’m going to do everything I can to keep his name and memory alive. People are going to know who Rowan is,” said his dad David Sweeney.

Rowan’s father said they’ve been fundraising for his park for over a year. They plan to continue hosting events to keep Rowan’s memory alive.