OBETZ, OH (WCMH) — On Sunday, Fortress Obetz hosted a marathon 24 hours of lacrosse games as part of an event to help veterans.
The event is called Shootout for Soldiers and is a platform created to help veterans. Many of the players who were on the field played for a family member or friend who’s currently serving in the military. Money raised goes towards veterans’ charities.
The event is open to men and women of all ages. Teams are formed and the teams play 1 hour games in a row for 24 hours. A score is kept between two teams – Stars and Stripes. But the event is not really about the score at all.
Jeremy Hirata served as a Marine from 2004-2013 and his wife Amanda has been serving in the Navy for the past 10 years.
“Shootout for Soldiers is one of the best events I’ve ever been to,” Hirata says. “To be able to see community that enjoys veterans and be able to play the game that I love I can’t ask for anything more.”
The Hiratas were thrilled to be a part of Sunday’s game and bring their children Kai and Kalana along with them.
“They see the home side of how… Daddy was in the Marine Corps, Mommy was in the Navy. Coming out here they get to see the community, they get to see the people.” Jeremy says.
“I would really recommend coming out to events like this, even just to show your face and talk to a veteran and where they’ve been and what they’ve been through,” Amanda says.
“We signed up knowing what we were going to get into and the chance we might not come home to be able to come back and be honored and respected for it and thanked for it especially at a game we all love, it speaks volumes,” Jeremy says.
Over the past 3 years they’ve raised more than $140,000 for Shootout for Soldiers in Ohio. Sunday’s event is expected to raise $65,000 to add to that.
For more on Shootout for Soldiers in Ohio and how you can get involved, visit https://shootoutforsoldiers.com/events/ohio-2018/