24-hour lacrosse game that raises funds for U.S. military vets returns this weekend

Christopher Harris knows sports. He grew up in Brighton with little more than hockey on the brain.

But he also knows life without sports. And he knows he didn’t like it, but this is what happens when life happens. A life that includes time in the Army with the 82nd Airborne Division that was part of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield in the Persian Gulf.

So when he tried to get back into the world of hockey, 12 years away from the game was a bigger hurdle than he imagined it would be.

“I had some medical issues and I was a mess,” he said this week. “I expected to come back and play like the old days … when I played at Fort Bragg and in men’s leagues when I came home.”

But the old form wasn’t returning and the frustration mounted. Until he found the ROC Warriors, a men’s hockey program in Rochester for military veterans. That got him back on the ice and this weekend, it will get him on the lacrosse field as part of the Shootout for Soldiers event at Braves Field at Canandaigua Academy.

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