Banner Staff Writer
Through rain, heat and sleepless nights, the guys of Lee University’s Alpha Gamma Chi are determined to break the world record for longest played flag-football game.
According to Taylor Trotter, club president, the guys are playing for more than boasting rights. All funds will go toward People for Care and Learning’s Build a City project in Cambodia. The club is hoping to raise $86,000 to build a marketplace and health clinic.
“You can donate $10 by texting ‘build’ to 20222. The cost will be added to your next phone bill,” Trotter said. “We want people to come out to the game, but we believe it is a cause worthy enough to just donate $10 even if you can’t come out.”
Twenty-eight of Chi’s 33 members will participate in the flag-football game. The game’s set-up will be 7-on-7 with seven substitutes for each side. Every hour played earns the players five minutes of rest. This time can be saved up to 30 minutes.
Encouragement will be needed as the athletes fight to play for 50 hours.
“The 50 for us is very important, because the number stems in honor and commemoration to our alumni — so 50 hours for the 50 years Alpha Gamma Chi has been in existence,” Trotter said.
The first 48 hours of the game will be played at Ocoee Middle School’s field on Parker Street, directly across from Lee University’s baseball field. The final two hours will take place on Lee University’s soccer field located on Parker Street.
Trotter said any support from the Cleveland and Bradley County community is appreciated.
“Hopefully, we will get some support during the wee hours of the morning. Res[idential] life is giving out curfew passes to ensure students can come out to give us some moral support,” Trotter said.
The first record-breaking ceremony will be held at 5 p.m on Friday to mark the hoped-for breaking of the current flag-football world record of 24 hours. The second ceremony to mark 50 hours of play will take place at Lee’s soccer field on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Activities, auctions, drawings, booths and concessions will be set up at the field for spectators. People for Care and Learning will have a booth with a projector to give virtual tours of its efforts in Cambodia. An inflatable and cornhole tables will be set up throughout the 50 hours, in addition to other activities.
“I’m one of those people who does not cheer very loudly anyway. I enjoy spending time with people, hanging out and talking with friends,” Trotter said. “I imagine I would play some cornhole, grab some food, some sunflower seeds and kick back while spitting some seeds to watch the game.”
He said Chi is going for a tailgating feel to the event.
Laseter’s Coffee, Nate’s BBQ and Perkits Yogurt have committed to coming out at various times throughout the event.
“Nate’s BBQ is going to be out there the entire time. He wants to do the marathon alongside us, so he said he is going to be there for the whole 50 hours with us,” Trotter said. “This is one of his big kickoff events.”
More information about the event can be found by visiting its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thegridiron2013 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can be made at the event’s website: http://whiteboard.is/gridiron.
Sponsors interested in the event may still apply for either a booth at the field and PA announcements.
The guys are prepared to play through rain or shine.
“We know on Thursday we are going to see some rain scattered about, if not the majority of the time,” Trotter said. “Thursday obviously is going to be the most rough when it comes to weather. I think all of us have played football in the rain, and our spirits are all for it.”
Continued Trotter, “It will be just like life, going through the weathery storms to get to the sunny days. For us, we are looking for the 50th hour on Saturday.”