By: Brent Greenberg
On a warm Friday evening at around 6:30, you could feel the excitement in the air for the veteran’s game to begin at UMass Lowell. Even though he had set a goal of improving on last year’s total of $56,586 raised, SFS Boston Organizer Colonel Mike Sullivan wasn’t focused on the amount of money raised when asked how the event went.
“What an incredible 24 hours at UMass Lowell! From the start with a hard-fought Veteran’s Game to all the incredible family games played,” said Sully. “The passion and support New England once again showed for our Veterans couldn’t make the entire team prouder!”
As both fields were going before the clock struck midnight, eyes wandered back and forth to see both games. Going from watching “Older School” to see a more experienced game, or “The Referees” to see if the men dressed in stripes could not only call a game but play it as well.
Pete Kloster, who not only coached his kids but played as well, may have said it best. “Watching the veteran’s game last night was inspirational. If that doesn’t get you off your butt to want to help out, I don’t know what will.” Pete logged about three hours of participation at the event but that didn’t stop him from watching some of our nation’s heroes enjoy the game we all love. Shootout for Soldiers is one of those rare events where you not only get to participate in the event, but you have the opportunity to see who you are helping as well.
One incredible story in the veteran’s game was Calvin Todd, who stood tall in the cage for the Stars with his prosthetic. Saving shot after shot and moving with what seemed like no hesitation, Army Spc. Todd is an inspiration to all who need to find some motivation for what they are doing.