The Goal: Honoring those who served in Canandaigua

Could 24 hours of nonstop lacrosse be too much of a good thing?

Not this weekend. It’s exactly right, as evidenced by 48 area lacrosse-playing teams who came together on Braves Field at Canandaigua Academy to show their support for veterans.

Canandaigua’s second annual Shootout for Soldiers, one of 12 similar volunteer-led 24-hour lacrosse events nationwide, started at 6 p.m. Saturday and is expected to end at 6 p.m. Sunday. An estimated $60,000 is expected to be raised to benefit American veterans. The amount exceeds last year’s grand total of about $52,000.

The money will support the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester and the Blue Star Mothers, Chapter 1, in Canandaigua, along with four Shootout for Soldiers national charity partners: Team Red White & Blue, Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund, Semper Fi Fund, and the Gary Sinise Foundation.

A series of 24 hour-long games continued around the clock, with a running score kept between two overall teams, Stars and Stripes. Participants are all ages and experience levels, according to event co-chair Carrie Vierhile.

“We have 48 teams and all ages of players from kindergarten to alumni,” said Vierhile. “And we have a 2 a.m. parent game — we’ll be in full costume for that. There aren’t any rules for that game, other than have a stick in your hand. It’s just about coming out and supporting our vets and our active military.”

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