DANA POINT, Calif. – Carey Mangold turned 68 in May. Scars decorate his body from his time serving in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and decades of playing and coaching competitive lacrosse. The absolute last place he should be on this warm August night is at Dana Hills High School, manning the goal in full pads and barking orders at men, 20 to 50 years younger than him.
But, despite his wife’s objections, he had to be here. Because this is no ordinary pick-up lacrosse game. It’s the opening game of the California stop of Shootout for Soldiers, a summer-long, cross-country series of 24-hour lacrosse games that raises money for veterans.
Since Tyler Steinhardt and his group of friends started Shootout for Soliders five years ago as high school students at Boys’ Latin School in Baltimore, they’ve raised over $1 million for Team Red White & Blue, Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund, Semper Fi Fund and the Gary Sinise Foundation.
There’s no history of military service in Steinhardt’s family, as far as he knows. He and his friends, all lacrosse players, simply felt like they needed to find a way to honor veterans and those currently serving.
“For us, we wanted to give back to those who serve our country because we were lacrosse players, high school kids,” Steinhardt said. “We could do whatever we want in our lives because people are out there fighting for us.”
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