Brittany ComakJul 12, 2018, 4:58 pm

Hundreds play 24-hour lacrosse tournament for veterans

The annual Shootout for Soldiers game also helps families of fallen soldiers

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MASSAPEQUA — For the fifth year in a row, Long Island and New York area lacrosse players between the ages of eight and 65 gathered Thursday to raise awareness and money for veterans in 48 lacrosse games. It's all part of the Shootout for Soldiers event, which originally started with a group of high school players in Baltimore in 2012. The all-day, 24-hour event now runs in 11 cities. Founder Tyler Steinhardt says Long Island was the first area the shootout expanded to.

This year, organizers tell me the long island event is slated to bring in the most money. Their goal is set at $175,000 which all goes toward veteran charities that help those wounded, those transitioning back into civilian life, or families of the fallen.

And those 48 games will be running on two different fields until 9 a.m. Friday morning.

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