With Shootout for Soldiers California only two months away, the SFS 2019 season kicked off in Atlanta last week with one goal in mind: make this the best year yet. Despite the weekend forecast of 95-degree heat, the Atlantans did not disapoint. 500 players and 1,500 attendees braved the heat and humidity to raise over $45,000 for American veterans, play some lax and have a good time.
Local charity partners, America’s VetDogs and The Patriot Legacy Fund helped with the hospitality by greeting the fans and players as they walked through the gates of Kennesaw Mountain High School.
America’s VetDogs, established in 2003, was “created to provide enhanced mobility and renewed independence to veterans, active-duty service members, and first responders with disabilities, allowing them to once again live with pride and self-reliance.” When asked how he would describe Shootout for Soldiers in just a few words, Joe Worley, a Veterans Relations Liaison for America’s VetDogs gave just three words: “fun, energy, selfless.”
Patriot Legacy Fund founder, Jay Puckett, described it as “eye-opening and communal.” Puckett, a Shootout for Soldiers Atlanta co-organizer, started Patriot Legacy Fund with the hope to “advance the educational opportunities for the children of service-disabled veterans.”
SFS introduced a few new fund raising incentives this year. The top fundraiser of each event will receive a custom Shootout for Soldiers helmet from Cascade Maverik LLC and one team will win the opportunity to keep their 2019 SFS jerseys. To be eligible to win the jersey raffle, teams must have registered by May 5th and hit certain fundraising marks to earn their entries.
The top fundraiser and winner of the Cascade Maverik helmet in Atlanta was Brett Stevens. He led the pack with a fundraising total of $3,763 bringing his team Rowdy Gentlemen to a total of $6,076 – making them the top fundraising team. Last year’s top fundraising team, Seal Team Six, raised $3,930 this year and were the winners of the raffle to keep their jerseys.
Have you signed up for SFS California yet? If not, visit https://shootoutforsoldiers.com/events/california-2019/ for details and registration.