Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/26/18
The charity lacrosse event – now being held in 12 cities around the USA after launching in Baltimore – has raised nearly $2 million since 2012 for charities that honor soldiers. The event, founded by Tyler Steinhardt, is entirely volunteer-led, and a host committee led by Episcopal Academy has helped develop a family-friendly charity event to unite the whole community.
The event is comprised of 24, 1-hour games in a row and was open to men’s and women’s teams of all ages. Teams must fundraise a minimum of $750 to participate. In addition to lacrosse, there will be live music, food trucks and a festival of fun and activities for the whole family.
Funds from this event – which have already passed the goal of $75,000, will go to The Travis Manion Foundation. Shootout for Soldiers also supports four other national charities. Fans and supporters can donate money through the players’ individual fundraising pages. Last year SFS Philadelphia raised over $66k dollars through the support of over 700 players and 3,200 spectators in the Philadelphia area.
“To use lacrosse as a platform to support American veterans and foster community engagement.
We educate the community about the challenges Veterans face when returning home. We share authentic first-person narratives from Veterans as well as curate learning resources and materials addressing the issues.We engage the civilian and military communities at the event to foster empathy and understanding. We also foster online discussion and conversation to bridge the gap between a younger millennial generation and our Veterans.
We amplify the work of leading non-profits in the space through funding their programs, projects and operations. We also use our platform online to develop and share authentic media addressing Veteran issues and topics.”