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Shootout for Soldiers combines two of my favorite pursuits: the sport of lacrosse and the opportunity to share time with fellow Veterans” – Army Officer Patrick Lough

By: Sara Stanley

Lt. Lough served in the United States Army for eight years, four as an enlisted man, and four as an Officer. Lt. Lough first got involved with playing in Shootout for Soldiers in the second annual Long Island event. Lt. Lough heard about our organization from his friends Mike Nelson and Mike Tobin, who are a part of the organizational team for the Long Island event.


When asked about his favorite aspect of Shootout for Soldiers, Lt. Lough said “Watching the lacrosse community come together to recognize the men and women that have served our country.” Lt. Lough was inspired by SFS’s mission to connect fellow Veterans in a fun lacrosse game while raising funds for Veterans charities.

This year, he will be playing in the Long Island Veterans and Active Duty Game. When asked about his team’s fundraising strategy, Lt. Lough said “Just to ask the many people that I cross paths with every day with my involvement in the lacrosse community. The response has been humbling.”

To conclude, Lt. Lough stated “Hopefully by the July event, I will have surpassed my fundraising goal, and I won’t be the oldest player on the field for the Veteran Game.”

To learn more about Lt. Lough and his team, visit their fundraising page HERE.