BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A now annual local outdoor fundraiser couldn’t have come at a more inopportune time.
It started at about the same hour as Thursday’s first severe weather, and was still going when the second bout hit.
But, as Don Scott reports, the “Shootout for Soldiers” never stopped.
Twenty-four hours of lacrosse, played by both teenagers drawn to the event from miles around and members of the military, for whom it’s meant to raise funds, but also raises their spirits to once again be part of a group working toward a goal.
It’s the brainchild of one local student–Tyler Steinhardt. And what last year was considered a kind of weird way to collect cash, is a cultural hit.
“Now it’s in its second year, doubled the participants,” Steinhardt said.
“We had 10,000 people come out today, throughout the 24 hours. That’s a huge number, more than we ever even expected. And we accomplished new goals. So it’s pretty exciting.”
“It’s really special, especially when a double amputee who was here last year and this year was a able to come and tell his story. Cause we are lucky that we came back and we don’t have any missing limbs. We have ten fingers and ten toes,” said Will Maze, veteran.
“It actually means a lot since last year I wasn’t able to do it but now this year I actually get to contribute for the Wounded Warriors Project,” said Carrington Scott, Boys’ Latin School.
“So that’s sure means a lot to me since my brother is in the Marines.”
The event’s merchandise sold out in hours, others to be auctioned off, and lots and lots of lacrosse played and interpersonal bonds made.
Last year’s shootout, played in beautiful weather, raised more than $100,000.
This year’s sloppy one will certainly surpass that.