UC-Irvine Students Take Aim at Dodgeball Record

Like many great plans, the idea was hatched by a student sitting around in a dorm room

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    Students at UC Irvine take part in a dodgeball extravaganza. (Published Thursday, Sep 23, 2010)

    Unless you developed arm strength and a tolerance for pain at an early age, dodgeball was probably the most dreaded part of the school day.

    And, if the sting of a well-targeted ball remains fresh, the video above won't help. UC-Irvine students set a Guinness record Wednesday for the largest dodgeball game -- 1,725 players.

    UCI Takes Aim at Dodgeball Record

    [LA] UCI Takes Aim at Dodgeball Record
    Students at UC Irvine take part in a dodgeball extravaganza. (Published Thursday, Sep 23, 2010)

    They topped the previous record of 1,198, set by students at the University of Alberta-Canada.

    Student organizer Sam Shaw, a second-year student, told the LA Times he hatched the idea as he sat around in a dorm room.

    "We've only been here for 40 years, SC and UCLA have been here 90, 100 years," Shaw told NBCLA. "They have that history. That's something we're working on."

    With the support of the student body, his dodgeball dream became reality -- a harsh reality for many participants.

    "I don't want to get hit," one student screamed as she hid behind a wall of teammates.

    Led by mascot Peter the Anteater, the students packed the Bren Events Center and hurled 600 rubber balls at each other for about 45 minutes.

    The event was part of Welcome Week at UCI.