Just over 24 hours ago, a group of close to 40 women took the field and kicked off the first-ever Boston Shootout For Soldiers. The Maryland-based event has been running for 3 years and decided to expand to 5 locations this year. After the women’s game finished, founder Tyler Steinhardt gave his warm opening remarks along with organizer Lt. Col. Mike Sullivan, followed by the (in)famous veterans game. The next 22 hours consisted of a jumble of teams, both organized and pickup, coming together from around New England and beyond to keep the game running. There was a great atmosphere at the event, and we had the privilege of attending and filming close to a third of it. As the game came to a close with a final score of 196-189, a tired group of middle schoolers let loose their cheers, as some finished up playing close to 10 hours in total. The individual efforts to keep the event running were truly admirable, and it was quite a feat to have two full teams running even in the early hours of the morning.
Shootout For Soldiers is a fantastic event, and if you are a resident in Ohio, California, or Long Island, I would highly recommend attending the event when it comes to your state next month. Though the play may not be MLL level, the food was great and apparel was plentiful, all while supporting the troops. Head over to the Shootout For Soldiers website for more information, and keep an eye out for our video coming later this week.