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For 24 hours this July, Canandaigua, the “chosen spot” as it is known to its residents, will have a chance to showcase its passion for lacrosse and for America’s veterans when it hosts a Shootout for Soldiers Day of Competition, July 22-23. “This is a family-friendly event with free admission, so we want everyone to come out, watch some great lacrosse, enjoy a hot dog, listen to some music, and see what a difference this support can make for our veterans,” says Tyler Steinhardt, founder and executive director of Shootout for Soldiers. Canandaigua recently beat out bids from 80 other cities across the country to earn one of four expansion bids for the Shootout for Soldiers event, a national lacrosse charity event that raises support and money for military veterans. While Canandaigua doesn’t have This is the big-city popabout honoring our ulation (with just 11,000 veterans, celebrating residents) like their accomplishments, fellow expanand is a great way for us sion cities to thank them for their Philadelphia, service." Salt Lake City, or the – DEVEN YORK,VARSITY Hudson Valley, BOYS LACROSSE COACH AT CANANDAIGUA Canandaigua does have a passion for lacrosse, and a prominent Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center that provides help, rehabilitation, and support for veterans across the Finger Lakes. “Canandaigua is a patriotic community, it is close to a number of military bases, and there is a rich history of lacrosse in the area,” says Steinhardt, who started the event as a high school senior with the goal of giving something back to our veterans. “Lacrosse was born in this region and those factors, combined with a passionate pitch from the Canandaigua organizing committee, really swayed us.” According to Steinhardt, 22 United States veterans will commit suicide every day in this country, a sad statistic that only strengthens his resolve to make every Shootout for Soldiers event the best it can be. The games will be played in the shadow of the VA Medical Center, which houses a federal hot line for suicide prevention for veterans. A strong support for veterans’ programs, combined with the rich lacrosse history and a location central to Rochester (30 miles), Syracuse (70 miles), and Buffalo (90 miles) are among the reasons Steinhardt tabbed Canandaigua as a perfect host for the event. Deven York, the first-year varsity boys lacrosse coach at Canandaigua, is quite familiar with the sacrifices made by our veterans. His older brother, Zev York, currently serves as vice commander and colonel of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas Valley, Nevada. “This has special meaning, being able to give back to our veterans,” says York, a Canandaigua graduate and resident who teaches sixth grade in the district. “My brother is my hero. What he’s willing to give up for his country goes well beyond anything we’re willing to. These veterans are willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice and we always need to remind people that these veterans and servicemen and women are protecting our country. This is about honoring our veterans, celebrating their accomplishments, and is a great way for us to thank them for their service.”

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Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent March/April 2017  

Rochester NY's Premier parenting publication. This month featuring our Annual Camp & Summer Activity Guide

Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent March/April 2017  

Rochester NY's Premier parenting publication. This month featuring our Annual Camp & Summer Activity Guide