LEHI -- More than 4,000 players took part in what sponsor Property Solutions is calling the world's largest dodgeball game on Friday evening at Thanksgiving Point's Electric Park.
A Guinness Book of World Records moment, the challenge was a fundraiser for Camp Kesem, a charity for children of cancer patients. Strategically scheduled, the event was organized to take place the night before BYU and the University of Utah played their annual football game. Blue won this round.
Co-president of Property Solutions, John Hanna, said the idea for the tournament came from David Bateman, the company's CEO.
"My idea," Bateman said. "But it wasn't my idea to do it in the rain though."
A lot of the advertising for the event was done through social networking.
"To be honest a lot of it's viral, by word of mouth and on Facebook, stuff like that," Bateman said.
The company, which develops software for apartment complex managing, had ordered 2,500 red and blue T-shirts for the participants and ran out well before the game began.
There were 760 red and blue balls that flew high and low toward the opponents' side of the field. Once hit you were out of the game. Last player standing won for their team.
Brexton Wilding, a BYU student, said he learned of the game from a campus flier.
"My roommates were going and it sounded like fun," Wilding said.
James Carpenter married into a staunch BYU family even though he is a U of U student.
"We're here for a date night," he said. Both he and his wife, Tara, wore blue.
Property Solutions's goal was to raise $20,000 while matching donations up to $10,000. Ben Zimmer, company co-president, said the event would give the company instant credibility.
Hanna wasn't as sure."I thought it was dumb," Hanna said. "I wanted to break the lightning record in basketball."
On the flip side, he said it was one of the best things they have done as a company.
"We are growing very rapidly and we want people to know who we are and this gives us instant recognition," Hanna said.
** to see a video of James and me click on the link below and on the left hand side under "related videos", I think we're the first one. We looked pretty silly but it was the second take, the first take was good but the back ground was too loud. The game was crazy fun and James planned it all by himself!
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