Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino will host the 6th annual “Shootout for Soldiers” 24-Hour Lacrosse Benefit Game at the Town of Oyster Bay’s Field of Dreams, located on Old Sunrise Highway in Massapequa. This year’s round-the-clock event begins on the morning of July 18th at 9:00 am and continues non-stop for 24 hours until July 19th at 9:00 am. The event benefits veterans and active duty military personnel. The Long Island Air Force Association will conduct a special ceremony on July 18th at 5:00 pm to honor Vietnam veterans and present them with medals that commemorate their service in the conflict. Adding to the spectacle, will be a parachute landing on the field conducted by the “All Veterans Group,” which will deliver the official ball.
Supervisor Saladino stated, “Shootout for Soldiers is a terrific game that provides local lacrosse players a chance to enjoy a sport they love in a unique way while also raising charitable funds to support the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Whether you enjoy lacrosse or are just looking for a fun-family event, I invite residents to be a part of the festivities.”
The charitable funds raised at Shootout for Soldiers will benefit the Semper Fi Fund, the Ranger Lead the Way Fund, the Gary Sinise Foundation, the Long Island Air Force Association, Team RWB and the Joseph J. Theinert Memorial Fund. Last year, more than $178,000 was raised in support of organizations that benefit our troops, bringing the total raised for the first five years of the event to more than $500,000.
The event features 24 continuous 1-hour sessions. The score is cumulative, resulting in unique scores for a lacrosse game with totals reaching into the hundreds. Participants include children, adults, seniors, youth, high school and college players. Teams that accommodate players with special needs are also scheduled to play. Among the highlighted matchups is a contest of teams of U.S. veterans beginning at 6pm, and at 7pm players from the Plainedge community will take the field in a session that honors fallen NYPD Detective Brian Moore. A matchup between the Nassau County Police Department and Suffolk County Police Department is scheduled for 8pm and a contest between the NYPD and the FDNY is slated for 10pm. In total, 90 plus teams will take the field during the lacrosse marathon.
Harry Jacobs, Co-Chairman of the Shootout for Soldiers Committee, added, “I thank those involved in planning this charitable event, especially the Town of Oyster Bay,” Jacobs said. “This event is a great way to bring awareness that our veterans need help. They were selfless in servicing our Nation and protecting all of us, and this is a small way of thanking them for all they have done.”