Shootout for Soldiers Raises $105,000 for Wounded Warrior Project
Shootout for Soldiers, the world-record 24-hour lacrosse game benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project, wrapped up at Boys' Latin School in Baltimore Friday morning, and when it did the event's organizers presented the WWP with a check for $105,000.
The event -- a charity game between two teams, "Stars" and "Stripes" -- had more than 1,000 participants and was organized by Tyler Steinhardt, a recent graduate of Boys' Latin who will attend American University in the fall as part of its exclusive, 50-member global scholars program.
The game started at 9 a.m. Thursday morning and that night it broke the previous record for longest lacrosse game of 13 hours, 14 minutes set by Major League Lacrosse's Charlotte Hounds in November. Participants played during a one-hour time slot with fellow participants roughly of same age and skill.
Originally hatched as a daytime-only idea, the scope of the game's duration -- and fundraising goals -- grew. Ahead of Thursday, the goal was to raise $50,000, but the game more than doubled that. One hundred percent of the money raised will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides programs and services to injured service members.
Among those either in attendance or to participate in the event were Paul Rabil, Kyle Harrison, Kyle Hartzell, Sam Bradman and other Major League Lacrosse and LXM Pro players.
US Lacrosse pledged its support to the event through the Keeper of Lacrosse Project, an initiative launched earlier this spring focusing on protecting and promoting the values of the sport.
To get a feel for the event, it's worth re-living the Shootout for Soldiers' twitter feed, complete with some middle-of-the-night images.