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24-hour lacrosse game held in Maryland benefits wounded warriors

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Roughly 48,000 U.S. servicemen and women have been wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. On Thursday night, just outside Baltimore, hundreds of lacrosse players, their friends and families were in the midst of a 24-hour fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project.

It is one long, never-ending, 24-hour game of lacrosse here at Boys Latin in Towson.

"All in an effort to raise money for a great cause," says David Kelly, who played with his young son and nephew.

They are calling it "Shootout for Soldiers." 1,000 players were expected compete, ranging from Division I college standouts to some who have never played before. Kids from six years old to 65 years old.

Tyler Steinhardt, Boys Latin of Maryland, Class of 2012, had the idea for the fundraiser.

"Every day, someone 7,000 miles overseas, protecting my freedoms, allowing me to play lacrosse, to go to school, enjoy the things that I like to enjoy, and I don't really give anything back to them," Steinhardt says.

Now he is - in a big way.

"The record is a 13 hour, 14 minute game," Steinhardt explains. "That was in North Carolina I believe a year and a half ago. And now we're doing 24 hours. Completely blowing it out of the water."

"I'm just so thankful that we have men and women that are willing to sacrifice and do that for our country," Kelly adds. "This is nothing compared to what they do, and any chance we have, any opportunity we have to honor them, I know I'm going to be a part of it and I believe most Americans will."

Steinhardt says he was hoping the lacrosse marathon would raise $10,000 for wounded warriors. Less than 12 hours into it, he had already raised more than four times that amount.

The parents helping to pull this off, feeding hundreds here at any one time, applaud Steinhardt's efforts. He is heading to American University in the fall.

"He had a vision," says Karen Bolewicki, "and he has brought it to fruition. I'm amazed and awed by him because he's a wonderful young man and it's a great cause."

Steinhardt is hoping his mighty marathon might inspire others to also do more for our nation's wounded warriors.



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