BALTIMORE (WJZ)—It began as a small event organized by a group of Boys’ Latin students. The Shootout for Soldiers raises money for our wounded warriors.

Ron Matz reports this year’s lacrosse marathon is just getting started.

The opening was spectacular as the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights parachuted on to the field. A large crowd was on hand at McDonogh School.

This is 24 hours of lacrosse. The third annual Shootout for Soldiers at McDonogh School raises money for our wounded warriors.

“Lacrosse is so big in Baltimore. We came up with the 24-hour idea. It’s kind of fun. We’re going to have 2,000 players, and we hope people will come out to watch as well,” said Tyler Steinhardt, Shootout for Soldiers.

“This is my first time here. I think it’s an awesome event,” said Sgt. Tyraka Dixon, U.S. Army. “When those wounded warriors come back, it’s a sense of pride to see the support knowing that you’re overseas fighting for this beautiful country.”

Steinhardt organized the shootout when he was a senior at Boys’ Latin. This year’s lacrosse marathon is expected to raise more than $100,000.

“It started when I was a high school senior at Boys’ Latin. A bunch of my good friends wanted to do something to benefit veterans after learning about the struggle some of them were having returning back into society,” Steinhardt said.

Two thousand players and dozens of volunteers help make it happen.

“There’s 24-hour, one-hour game. We have players from as young as eight to 72 this year. We have boys and girls, college players, pro players and veterans out there,” Steinhardt said.

They are giving back on the ground and from the skies.

“It’s great, 24 hours of lacrosse supporting the wounded warriors hits close to home with all of us,” said Pvt. 1st Class Jason Wenter, U.S. Army Golden Knights. “It’s incredible. We really appreciate it. It’s a great crowd. At about 1,000 feet we heard the cheers. They were very enthusiastic.”

In its first two years, the Shootout for Soldiers has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars. This year’s even raised $175,000.

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