Division Avenue and MacArthur high school athletes took to Massapequa’s Field of Dreams on July 21 and 22 during the annual Shootout for Soldiers event to benefit the nation’s returning, wounded and homeless soldiers. Of the 96 participating teams, six Levittown teams played lacrosse in a 24-hour dual against other Long Island teams, helping to raise more than $133,000 for this important cause.
The Shootout for Soldiers event commenced in Baltimore and has spread to eight other cities. The lacrosse games are played hour-to-hour with participants designated as stars or stripes and ending with a cumulative score for each category. Co-chairman Mike Nelson noted that the Long Island event was the largest event in terms of money raised and participating teams, and all proceeds were donated to two local and six national foundations and funds, including the Long Island Air Force Association and the U.S. Army Lead the Way Fund.
“This has become a real community event, and support from the Levittown community runs deep,” Mr. Nelson noted. “I am particularly proud of the Levittown students and all the other teams whose support and participation were humbling.”
Photo Caption: Division Avenue High School athletes participated in the annual Shootout for Soldiers event, held at Massapequa’s Field of Dreams on July 21 and 22.
Photo courtesy of the Levittown School District