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The ball’s in their court

Anteaters hope to reclaim world record for largest dodgeball game.

by Laura Rico, University Communications | September 19, 2011
The ball’s in their court
Students in last year’s successful quest for the world-record dodgeball game face off in the Bren Events Center. Daniel A. Anderson / University Communications

Balls will fly once again at UC Irvine as Anteaters attempt to regain the Guinness world record for the largest dodgeball game. The effort, which aims to recruit 5,000 participants, gets under way at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Anteater Recreation Center fields.

The match is open to the public, and an adjudicator from Guinness World Records will be present to confirm the number of players for world-record certification.

“We want all members of the UCI campus community to be part of the excitement,” says Jun Wang, vice president of student services for Associated Students of UCI, which will provide live coverage on its website. “We see this as the start of an ongoing, friendly competition with schools across the nation.”

A year ago, 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 currently held by the U.S. Air Force Academy, which mobilized 4,000 players in March.

The match is one of many activities scheduled for UCI’s Welcome Week, during which more than 6,000 freshmen and transfer students will 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.