SFS Long Island is the only event in the country that has three fields of play running at once during the 24 hours of Shootout for Soldiers. Though, SFS Long Island has become known for so much more through the years.
Wheelchair games. Vietnam Veteran Ceremonies. Paratroopers dropping out of the sky. You name it.
SFS Long Island co-chair, Harry Jacobs, attributed this year’s success to those around him. “The success of Long Island is because of the incredible people involved on our committee. After months of conference calls and meetings all of the planning came together like a championship team prepared for its final match!” Prepared they were.
Sponsors lined the fields with booths set up distributing food and cold water to beat the heat that reigned down all day long. Major league lacrosse players came through the gates one after the other to greet fans, support the cause and check out the action on the field.
Over the 24 hours in Massapequa, more than 2,100 players took the field with over 11,000 spectators and volunteers looking on. Gary Sinise Foundation representative, Charlie Gressett, spoke on his gratitude and appreciation for those in the Long Island area.
“The Long Island community has done it again,” Gressett said. “Even adding a new Shootout for Soldiers, less than 60 miles away, couldn’t stop them from putting on another record-breaking event. I can’t wait to be back next year!”
What drives co-chair Harry Jacobs to help make SFS Long Island possible each and every year?
“We do this all with one goal in mind…to support our troops and Veterans!”