EVENT: Students at the University of California, Irvine will attempt to clinch their seventh Guinness world record by fielding the largest game of four-quadrant dodgeball. The event is part of Welcome Week, the annual back-to-school slate of student activities.

WHEN/WHERE: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Anteater Recreation Center sports fields (grid D11 on campus map: https://communications.uci.edu/documents/pdf/UCI_15_map_campus.pdf)

INFORMATION: Media planning to attend should contact Cathy Lawhon at 949-824-1151 or clawhon@uci.edu. Attendance and parking are complimentary for media who RSVP in advance.

HIGHLIGHTS:
11 a.m.      A deejay from Power 106 (105.9 FM) will provide music
1 p.m.        World record attempt begins
23 p.m.    Student clubs and organizations host information booths

BACKGROUND:
For record purposes, four-quadrant dodgeball is defined as a game of dodgeball in which four teams are divided into four separate quadrants. The members of each team must hit the other teams’ players with balls without stepping out of their quadrant. Anyone hit must leave the game.

UCI students started the Welcome Week world record tradition in 2010 by staging the largest game of traditional dodgeball. The title seesawed between UCI and other institutions until the Anteaters established a new high of over 6,000 participants in 2012. They’ve also set records in a water blaster contest, a pillow fight and a game of capture the flag. A Guinness adjudicator will be on hand for the Sept. 20 attempt.

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