Physical Education Class Plans Massive Game of Knockout

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Thursday, March 31st, 2016 at 12:45 PM

Have you ever dreamt of breaking a Guinness World Record? In a few weeks, you’ll have a chance to make your wish come true, and you can grant even more wishes in the process.

Edinboro University’s “Management of Sport and Physical Education Programs” class has partnered with the athletics department in hopes of breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest basketball knockout tournament on April 8 at McComb Fieldhouse. All proceeds from the Make a Wish, Grant a Wish event will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Currently the record is 701 people. It’s held by the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. They broke the record less than a year ago on Oct. 4, 2015. According to the Guinness World Record’s website, the game lasted 27 rounds and a little over three hours. The winner was 22-year-old John Diggs.

Before then, Grove City College in Pennsylvania held the record for two years when 586 people participated in a game of knockout in April 2013.

Edinboro needs just one more participant than the Mavericks, 702 people total, to break the record.

“We’ve actually gone through all the protocols to break it and make the record official,” Dr. Rebecca Wehler, an instructor in the health and physical education department said.

Wehler is teaching the class that is setting up the tournament.

“So the only thing we have to do is meet all the requirements in terms of videotaping and making sure 702 people actually participate.”

As of now, 250 students are signed up. Greek Life has promised to attend, as it is one of its mandatory events. About 200 of the students accounted for are from this portion of the student body.

She recognizes that the amount of participation is still far from the goal, but believes that registration will increase closer to the event date. She continued to say that she isn’t “overly optimistic,” but remains hopeful nonetheless.

“The game itself is relatively easy, so you could be done within 20 minutes. Your role in participating could be done,” Wehler said. “But if you are making your shots and you continue to play in the game, your role could be longer.”

Last semester, a few students came to Wehler with the idea.

“They asked me about how they would go about it, but I knew it couldn’t happen in that time frame,” she said.

That’s when she suggested that her spring 2016 class on sports management tackle a considerable amount of the “legwork” for such an event.

There will be a DJ, free food, a 50/50 raffle, a mechanical bull and more. The winner of the knockout tournament will take home a prize worth $500, but all participants who register early will be entered in a drawing for a $250 cash prize.

The event will begin at 6:45 p.m. on April 8 at McComb, but check-in will be held from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. It is open to all ages.

The early registration deadline in March 31. People can register for $2 until then and add a T-shirt for $8 more. The late registration fee is $4. To sign up, visit makeaswishgrantawish. eventbrite.com, or email rwehler@edinboro.edu for a copy of the registration form.

“Don’t come and watch,” Wehler said. “Come and play.”

“You get to be part of a world record, and all you have to do is shoot a basketball.”

Tracy Geibel is the Executive Editor for The Spectator and she can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com.

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