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The 24-hour lacrosse event benefiting American veterans has hired long-time Ohio lead

BALTIMORE, MD (February 22, 2018) – Shootout for Soldiers, the 24-hour lacrosse event, has hired Merry Troper as its new Executive Director. Troper, who has coordinated the Ohio event since 2014, will join the non-profit as its first full-time hire in the organization’s history. The summer tour will expand to thirteen locations in 2018, including new sites in Raleigh, Seattle, and Washington DC.

“I am both humbled and thrilled to be named Executive Director,” explains Merry Troper. “I have been passionate about Shootout for Soldiers’ mission since I started with the organization in 2014. I am excited to continue to grow the event and support the mission of helping our military service men and women.  I would like to thank Tyler Steinhardt for having the vision to lead SFS to the success it has had and I look forward to working with all the volunteers, coaches, and players to make this event even greater.”

Troper is a staple in the Ohio lacrosse community, helping orchestrate Shootout for Soldiers at Fortress Obetz alongside a Ohio Machine game in 2017. The combination led to the highest home attendance total for the Machine all season.

“This is an exciting new chapter for Shootout for Soldiers as we look to scale the organization to a new level,” explains Tyler Steinhardt, Founder of Shootout for Soldiers. “Merry was a clear pick for this role given her dedication to the event, energy for the cause and dogged work ethic, and I think she will lead us to new heights.”

Those interested in participating in the events can register online at The games are open to both male and female teams of all ages, with honorary Veterans games opening each event. Summer 2018 events will begin in Atlanta, GA on May 19 and 20; Raleigh NC on June 2 and 3; Philadelphia, PA on June 13-14; Baltimore, MD on June 20 and 21, Washington, DC on June 23 and 24; Boston, MA on July 6 and 7; Long Island, NY on July 12 and 13; Obetz, OH on July 21 and 22; Canandaigua, NY on July 21 and 22; Aurora, CO on July 28 and 29; Salt Lake City, UT on August 6 and 7; Dana Point, CA on August 11 and 12; Seattle, WA on August 18 and 19.



Started by a group of high school students in Maryland, Shootout for Soldiers is a 24-hour lacrosse game benefiting our nation’s heroes. The mission of Shootout for Soldiers is to use the platform of lacrosse to engage communities with their local veterans and support their healthy and successful transition into civilian life. By raising more than $2.5 million since its inception in 2012. To learn more, please visit or follow @SFSLacrosse on Twitter and @Shootoutforsoldiers on Instagram.