Mason Community Attempts to Break Record for Largest Dodgeball Game

Posted: August 27, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: August 26, 2010 at 2:32 pm

By Catherine Ferraro

Do you want to be a part of an event that will go down in the record books? Come join your fellow Patriots as they attempt to break the world record for the largest game of dodgeball.

The event takes place on Friday, Sept. 3, from 9 to 11 p.m. on the Fairfax Campus. Mason faculty and staff members, students, alumni and members of the community are invited to participate.

The University of Alberta holds the current record for the largest number of participants — 1,200 — in a dodgeball game.

“We are hoping that the dodgeball game will be an event that we hold every year during Welcome Week,” says Danielle Lapierre, assistant director in the Office of Alcohol, Drug and Health Education and event organizer.

Lapierre hopes to get nearly 1,300 participants in Mason’s game.

“I am confident that we will break the record this year, and we’ll continue attempting to break a world record year after year. The bottom line is that it is a great opportunity for the Mason community to come together and be part of a fun annual tradition.”

Participants should go to the Recreation and Athletic Center (RAC) to check in. The game will be played on Robinson Field next to the RAC (the rain site is the Field House).

Players will be placed on either the Green or Gold team and will receive a commemorative dodgeball shirt with their team color. More than 100 silver balls will be placed in the middle of the court, and when the whistle blows, players will battle it out to take home the title of “Winner of the World’s Largest Dodgeball Game.”

Before the game begins, players will be entertained by various games, challenges and other entertainment. Refreshments will also be provided.

After the game, organizers hope to arrange a giant group photo.

Participants are encouraged to register online. On-site registration will also be available.

Some of the sponsors of the event include DC Social Sports Club and vitaminwater.

For more information about the dodgeball game and other events during Welcome Week, visit the website.

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