June 12, 2013

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Team USA, Furman Coach Meade to Open Shootout for Soldiers

from press release

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Team USA and Furman men's head lacrosse coach Richie Meade and U.S. Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) will kickoff the 2nd Annual Shootout for Soldiers lacrosse game this Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md.

The Shootout for Soldiers event is a 24-hour lacrosse game that benefits the Wounded Warrior Project by raising awareness and enlisting the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, and honoring and empowering Wounded Warriors during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life.

Meade, who coached at the United States Naval Academy for 17 years (1994-2011) prior to accepting the post as head coach of Furman's new men's lacrosse program in 2012, will address the participating players and coaches regarding the importance of supporting our nation's bravest — and the lacrosse community's role in that effort — prior to the start of the game.

He will be joined in the pre-game program by Ruppersberger, the Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee and co-chair of the bipartisan Army Caucus who has built a reputation on service to our nation's troops and their family members. In 2003, in his first year of Congress, he created "Operation Hero Miles," a program that awards donated frequent flyer miles to wounded warriors and their families.

Ruppersberger, who played lacrosse at the University of Maryland and was a member of Team USA, kicked off the first Shootout for Soldiers last year when he honored Towson, Md., native Sgt. Ryan Major prior to event. Sgt. Major, an Iraq war veteran and double amputee, will also attend this year's game after walking publicly for the first time on his prosthetics at last year's event.

In addition to Meade and Ruppersberger, 2011 and 2012 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) MVPs Paul Rabil and Brendan Mundorf will also address the attendees.

Rabil and Mundorf will champion the cause by serving as team captains and playing at 7 p.m. in a special "MLL Hour" that will feature three dozen MLL stars going head to head to support our nation's bravest.


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