Reporting Sandra McNeill
DETROIT (WWJ) - It could be like a scene from a movie Saturday on Belle Isle, as thousands gather in an attempt to break a World Dodgeball record.
They’ll need more than a thousand balls and thousands of people, but a coalition of community groups thinks they have what it takes to smash a record for the world’s largest Dodgeball game.
Marlow Stoudamire is one of the people behind “Dodgeball in the D.”
“We need to get more than 3,500 people,” Stoudamire said. “But we’re targeting 5,000 Detroiters. So we need everyone to come, from local barbershops to executive boardrooms. All hands on deck.”
Hoping to help break the record, 15-year-old Partick Nevitt has been anticipating the game all week.
“I’ve really never been around 5,000 people at once at a sporting event. My strategy is to stand back, wait, then catch what comes my way.”
He said he has some advice for the players up front on offense.
“Avoid getting hit, be aware of your surroundings and always keep your eyes open.”
Ariela Morrison will also be playing in Saturday’s tournament.
“Detroit definitely has what it takes to beat this record. It’s going to be awesome.”
The current record is currently held by the U.S. Naval Academy, with 3,500 participants.
The game starts at 1:00 pm on Saturday Aug. 20, although participants are encouraged to arrive on Belle Isle around 10:00 am. (More Deatils Here)