Clubs Members Participate in Most Games of Tag in a 24-Hour Period.
Atlanta – October 27, 2012 – Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) announces the organization has established a new Guinness World Record for most participants in a game of tag in a 24-hour period at multiple venues. A total of 20,541 participants, which included members, staff and volunteers at 335 Clubs, played tag in Boys & Girls Club gyms and playgrounds around the world, including military installations in Europe and Asia. The record-breaking news comes after months of anticipation following the 24-hour period between April 19 and 20 in conjunction with the annual weeklong observation of National Boys & Girls Club Week.
The games of tag were part of the Major League Baseball WANNA PLAY?™ program conducted by Boys & Girls Clubs around the country. WANNA PLAY? is a multi-faceted initiative dedicated to youth fitness, that encourages boys and girls ages 6 to 12 to increase their overall fitness and nutrition education through physical activity while learning the fundamental skills of baseball and softball through fun and engaging activities conducted by Boys & Girls Clubs. Fitness is a top priority for every Boys & Girls Club daily.
“We firmly believe that young people must be active, stay healthy and, above all else, have fun to create a truly great future,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO, BGCA. “We are proud of the thousands of participants who took the world record challenge seriously, enabling Boys & Girls Clubs to set this new record.”
The effort began at 6:30 p.m. on April 19, with the first “official” game of tag conducted at the MLB Fan Cave, a unique space located in New York City that mixes baseball with pop culture and features a team of “Cave Dwellers” whose goal is to watch every MLB baseball game. The game consisted of local Club members competing against the fun-loving MLB Fan Cave Dwellers and crew.
“The game of tag at the MLB Fan Cave was a blast,” said Fan Cave dweller Shaun Kippins. “The Boys & Girls Club members played hard, and all of us were excited to help such outstanding young people attempt to break the record.”
WANNA PLAY? is conducted at Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. For information about how to participate in Club programs, visit our “Find a Club” feature at www.bgca.org.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of AmericaFor more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, nearly 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve some 4 million children and teens through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. Clubs provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at bgca.org/facebook and bgca.org/twitter.
About WANNA PLAY?™ ProgramBoys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is delighted to team with Major League Baseball® (MLB™) in developing the WANNA PLAY?™ program for youth ages 6-12. MLB shares our vision of a nation of young people excited about leading fit and healthy lifestyles. In 1960, only 4 percent of children were obese. Today, 33 percent of all children and adolescents are obese or overweight. Many obese children have or will develop risk factors for chronic illnesses that could reduce their lifespan and the quality of their lives. The WANNA PLAY? program encourages boys and girls to increase their overall fitness and health through physical activity and improved nutrition habits, while learning the fundamental skills of baseball and softball.
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