Shootout for Soldiers, a 24-hour lacrosse event with a mission to use the sport’s platform to support American veterans and foster community engagement, has announced it will return to the Pacific Northwest this summer.

Everett, Washington, was selected as one of 12 host locations for the event when it comes to town in mid-August. Billed as Shootout for Soldiers Seattle, the event will begin at 4 p.m. on Aug. 17 at Kasch Park and will continue until 4 p.m. the following day. Everett Lacrosse Club and Woodinville Lacrosse Club will share the credit in organizing the 24-hour event.

The lacrosse games bring the community together for a fun event where winning isn’t stressed. It’s not a tournament and there is no championship game or all-star teams. The score runs for all 24 hours, giving fans plenty of time to appreciate and celebrate American veterans while benefitting wounded military members. Food, music and a festival of activities beyond lacrosse make it a family friendly, enjoyable event for all.

“Following the success of Shootout for Soldiers 2018, I am looking forward to an extremely successful Shootout for Soldiers 2019 season,” said Merry Troper, executive director of Shootout for Soldiers. “I love meeting and talking to our veterans and hearing their stories. I am proud that Shootout for Soldiers honors and helps our military men and women.”

Since the event was founded in 2012, it has raised nearly $3.5 million for wounded American veterans. In 2018, the 24-hour lacrosse event raised $800,000.

“We are honored that Shootout for Soldiers is coming back to bring this great community event which honors and helps our veterans and active duty through playing lacrosse for 24 hours,” said Tammy Dunn, sports development director of Snohomish County Sports Commission.

“The Pacific Northwest Region has a strong military presence and with this 24-hour lacrosse event, we have a great opportunity to foster community engagement with our veterans and active military personnel.”

Those interested in participating in the Shootout for Soldiers 2019 Seattle may register at Veterans Game registration is open to any veteran or active duty military member who would like to play in the Veterans/Active Duty Game at the beginning of the event. Games are open to male and female teams while each event begins with a veterans and active duty game.