Castleton State College Poised to Break World Record with Community Service Project
(Courtesy of Castleton State College Athletics)
CASTLETON, Vt. – The Right To Play at Castleton, in support of Right To Play, will be hosting the World’s Longest Dodgeball Marathon on Friday-Sunday, April 27-29, at the Glenbrook Gymnasium on the campus of Castleton State College.
The event will feature 20 Castleton student-athletes, representing seven varsity teams, playing 40 consecutive hours of dodgeball in an effort to raise money for the Right To Play – USA foundation.
The marathon will break the Guinness Book of World Records current record of 31 hours 11 minutes and 13 seconds set by the teams Hometown Dodgeball and Albany Dodgeball at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany, New York on April 5-6, 2010. The current record raised money for the Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy.
The event was seen as a way to promote Castleton athletes coming together for a common cause by Right To Play at Castleton Co-President Lindsey Gullett. “I really feel that this showcases a strong sense of “Spartan pride” with everyone taking time from their personal schedules to tackle a common goal for a good cause." Gullett said. "We are still looking for volunteers in the form of witnesses, log book keepers, as well as volunteer officials.”
In addition to the participating players and student-athlete volunteers, the Castleton Athletics Department has also chipped in to provide memorabilia for the event’s silent auction and raffle, with all proceeds benefitting Right To Play – USA.
People who are interested in volunteering at the event, or who wish to donate are encouraged to contact Gullett directly at: email@example.com or by visiting the club’s Facebook page by searching: Right To Play at Castleton. You may also make direct donations by visiting this website: http://righttoplay.akaraisin.com/pledge/Team/Home.aspx?seid=2943&tid=42584&mid=10
The Right To Play at Castleton club was founded in 2011 by a group of Castleton student-athletes, headed by Gullett and Co-President Brett Zeggil, who are members of the Spartan men’s ice hockey team. Through their involvement with this club, they look to raise money so they can provide children in disadvantaged countries with their own right to play sports.
"We got the idea for the club through some friends at home in Canada. Right To Play is very popular across Canada and we felt we could really start something here at Castleton and get the name out there." Gullett said. "There are so many student-athletes across New England and this is such an easy charity to be passionate about as an athlete; we would like to see it catch on at other college campuses."
ABOUT RIGHT TO PLAY
Right To Play is the leading international humanitarian and development organization using sport and play as tools to effect behavior and social change. Right To Play implements programs which are designed to develop basic life skills, prevent diseases, teach conflict resolution and instill hope in children affected by war, poverty and disease, throughout 20 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America. A pioneer in its field, Right To Play sets standards for quality sustainable programming, promotes best practices and advances research on the efficacy of sport-based development efforts. Founded in 2000 by Johann Olav Koss, four-time Olympic gold medalist and social entrepreneur, Right to Play fosters the hope and skills that are essential to envisioning and realizing a better future.