Updated 03/22/2013 02:37 PM
Dodging for a good cause
You can duck, dive, and dip, but you can’t dodge the fact that one local group is going for greatness. This weekend, 18 people are looking to break a world record. And our Megan Cruz tells us they'll be helping a great organization while doing it.
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HALFMOON, N.Y. -- "You're gonna see some great dodgeball," said player Rob Immel. "A lot of strategy, a lot of high-low multiple ball situations. Some really competitive stuff. For 43 hours."
Taking a shot at a world record for the longest marathon game of dodgeball. The current record is 41 hours, 3 minutes, and 17 seconds.
Immel says it's going to be painful.
"Scraped up knees, banged up arms, jammed fingers, but it's well worth it," he said.
A couple years back, Immel and some others had set the world record at 31 hours. It was broken.
They have a new group now, and starting at 7 p.m. Friday at the Halfmoon Sportsplex is their chance to reclaim glory.
Immel said, "A Guinness Book of World Record: who doesn't want that? We'll do anything for it."
But it's not just about your dodge, dip, duck, dive, and dodge. It's about helping out a good cause.
"This is nothing compared to what the injured men and women who served our country are coming home and dealing with," said Immel.
All proceeds raised from this weekend's event will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, to help people like Donald Tallman.
"I started having a lot of pain in my hip - they diagnosed it as neuropathy," said Tallman. He had served in Afghanistan as a drill sergeant for the Army. He's been on medical hold status since 2008.
"Been trying to get better so I can get back to work. Finally realized it wasn't getting better. It was getting worse," he said.
He says what this team is doing is invaluable. The non-profit provides programs and services to hundreds of wounded warriors around the country.
"Get them out of the house because I know how depressing it can be to stay at home, not talk to people," said Tallman.
A worthwhile cause to take some hits for.
"So if we can help them out, raise some awareness for their organization and raise some money, then we're happy to do so," said Immel.