The event will benefit the Veterans Outreach Center and Blue Star Mothers of America's New York Chapter No. 1.

UR Medicine’s Thompson Health is serving as the official athletic training service provider at Shootout for Soldiers, a 24-hour lacrosse event coming to Canandaigua Academy on July 22 and 23. Thompson will provide full coverage for the entirety of the event which expects to attract over 1,000 players from upstate New York.

Shootout for Soldiers Canandaigua is entirely volunteer-led, with a host committee headed by Canandaigua Varsity Lacrosse Coach Deven York. In addition to 24, one-hour games featuring men’s and women’s teams of all ages, the family-friendly event is expected to feature bounce houses, a water slide, dunk tanks, rock walls, and obstacle course, live music and food trucks. Admission is free but each participating team is raising at least $750, with proceeds benefitting the Veterans Outreach Center and Blue Star Mothers of America’s New York Chapter No. 1.

“We are excited to partner with Thompson Health for Shootout for Soldiers Canandaigua as they are a leader in athletic training services,” stated Tyler Steinhardt, founder and executive director of Shootout for Soldiers. “They immediately expressed their support for the event and desire to give back to our nation’s veterans after we announced the event. We are humbled to have their support.”

Carole Drake, director of Rehabilitation Services at Thompson, said Thompson’s therapists work with many veterans as patients, helping restore their physical strength and mobility. In addition, Thompson’s athletic trainers work with student athletes at Canandaigua Academy.

“This event is a unique way to support both of these groups,” she said.

Drake added that Thompson’s Rehabilitation Services Department has developed strong ties to the community through a wide variety of services provided by licensed, credentialed professionals in the fields of physical therapy, sports medicine, athletic training, occupational therapy, speech pathology, women’s health, senior fitness and technology-assisted balance therapy. Thompson Health is recognized by The Joint Commission for excellence in hip and knee replacement surgery as well as outpatient rehabilitation, she noted.