New world record a hit

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Prisca Edwards

More than 2,000 RIT students can now say they have broken a Guinness World Record.

RIT held the world’s largest dodgeball game May 1 with 2,136 players, beating the previous record of 2,012 set by the University of Alberta, Canada, earlier this year.

Thousands of world record hopefuls filled the Gordon Field House, along with more than 500 dodgeballs, 50 official world-record witnesses and hundreds of onlookers. RIT’s Dodgeball Club, in conjunction with the university’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, spent nine months planning the event.

“When I heard about University of Alberta breaking the world record for the largest dodgeball game, I knew that this was something RIT could beat,” says Michael Piggott, president of the RIT Dodgeball Club.

Players were separated into two teams, orange and brown, all receiving a free headband and T-shirt for their corresponding team. An hour of play later, the orange team came out with the win.

“I don’t know if we have ever broken a record before, but it was a great way for all of us to give back to RIT,” says Piggott.