After a 4 a.m. hot dog-eating contest, a game featuring Major League Lacrosse players, and 24 consecutive hours of lacrosse to support veterans, Tyler Steinhardt can finally sleep.
The second annual Shootout for Soldiers event at McDonogh, which went from 9 a.m. Thursday until 9 a.m. Friday, raised $126,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, according to Steinhardt, the event's organizer. The amount surpassed last year’s total of $120,000.
The event had over 2,000 participants and thousands more spectators, Steinhardt said, including an appearance by Ravens coach John Harbaugh.
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Though Steinhardt said the main goal this year wasn't to try to raise more money than last year's event, the substantial growth of the event is what helped this year's donation total grow.
The number of participants doubled from last year, and Steinhardt said over 100 veterans came out to the event, which included a veterans game at 9 a.m. Thursday.