Dribblers young and old attempted to set a world record in 2011. They'll try again Sept. 29.Photo by Steve Ley, courtesy of St. Louis Scores
St. Louis Scores is recruiting expert and not-so-expert dribblers to help them beat the Guinness World Record for most soccer balls ever dribbled by a group at one time. The event will be held at Saint Louis University's Hermann Stadium (3599 Pine Place, St. Louis, Mo., 63103) and begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29.
This is the organization's second attempt to earn the record, said Teresa von Stamwitz, associate director of St. Louis Scores. Last year, the organization had 428 dribblers, and this year they've tapped the America Scores locations throughout the country to join in the synchronized dribble. The goal is for a total of 3,000 people to dribble soccer balls at 11 of the Scores cities. Von Stamwitz is hoping to see more than 1,000 dribblers participate in St. Louis. The world record is currently held by the United Nations with 2,068 dribblers in the Gaza Strip.
The event includes free skills demonstrations, the world record event, musical performances, a tribute to Harry Keough, fitness challenges, SLU homecoming festivities and tickes to the SLU men's soccer game versus Central Arkansas.
Online registration is available through Sept. 25. Walk-ins are welcome, but T-shirts and soccer balls may no longer be available. Registration is $20* and is a tax-deductible donation to America Scores.
The event is recommended for those ages 6 and up as each participant must be able to dribble for 10 minutes. Instruction will be provided for novices.
America Scores St. Louis is a nonprofit youth development program that has served more than 2,500 urban youth in the city of St. Louis since 2005. Using a national, evidence-based model, America SCORES partners with underserved elementary schools to provide a high quality, team-based program that integrates soccer, poetry, and service learning.
*Use the STLSPROUT discount code to register individuals and family members for $12.50 each prior to Sept. 20.From the calendar