Shootout For Soldiers: July 21

The Town of Oyster Bay will host the 8th Annual “Shootout for Soldiers” 24-Hour Lacrosse Benefit Game at John J. Burns Park, located on Merrick Road in Massapequa. This year’s round-the-clock event begins on the morning of July 21 at 9 a.m. and continues non-stop for 24 hours until July 22 at 9 a.m.

The event benefits veterans and active duty military personnel. The Long Island Air Force Association will conduct a special ceremony on July 21 at 5 p.m. to honor hometown Vietnam War veterans and present them with medals that commemorate their service to our nation. There will be a parachute landing on the field conducted by the “All Veterans Group,” which will deliver the official ball.

“Shootout for Soldiers is a wonderful 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,” Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino said. “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 Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund, the Long Island Air Force Association, and the Joseph J. Theinert Memorial Fund.

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, college players and veterans. Teams that accommodate players with special needs are also scheduled to play. 

For more information, visit or contact Harry Jacobs at or at 516-315-3002.

Christy Hinko
Christy Hinko is a managing editor at Anton Media Group. She is a New York Press Association (NYPA) and Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) award-winning writer and photographer.

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