In 2010, UCI rallied 1,745 participants to break the world record for the largest dodgeball game, previously set by Canada’s University of Alberta. The record has since changed hands several times and is now held by the United States Air Force Academy, which recruited 4,000 players in March 2011.
Participants in UCI’s attempt to regain the record will register as members of either a blue team or a gold team and face off in an epic battle. An adjudicator from Guinness World Records will ensure that rules are followed and confirm the number of players for world-record certification. Corporate partner Next Level Athletic Sports will provide 1,000 balls and help manage the game. Student organizations will sell food and drinks, and small pre- and post-event concerts are planned. The festivities will be broadcast live at www.asuci.uci.edu.
This is one of many activities scheduled for UCI’s Welcome Week, during which more than 6,000 freshmen and transfer students join the campus community. Other events include an Anteater Involvement Fair, an Aldrich Park After Dark concert, a Screen on the Green movie night and a Newport Beach Day.
Anteater Recreation Center fields, 680 California Ave. (bldg. 680, grid D10 on campus map)