Kicking for World Record

Cleveland teens raise money.


A group of 40 charitable Cleveland-area students put their feet where their mouths are to raise money for children’s cancer research last month. The Padua Franciscan High School students played kickball for a grueling 51 hours in the hopes of beating the world record of 50 hours for the longest continuous kickball game.

"It was an opportunity to spend time with new friends and to be able to support a great cause!" said player Julia Cristino.

Students from the school’s Peer Ministry, Teen Institute, and Key Club, split into two teams and began their marathon game at 3 p.m. on May 27 in the hot summer sun, finishing just before a strong rainstorm blew in at 6 p.m. on May 29. History teacher and Key Club advisor Roseanne Cook, who helped them coordinate the event, has sent the game stats to the Guinness Book of World Records and hopes to hear back later this summer as to whether their efforts paid off for bragging rights in the famous publication.

“I could not be more proud of these kids,” said Cook. “They played through the elements, they played through the pain and fatigue, they raised a lot of money for pediatric cancer, and they are better people for it.”

In the meantime, the student players’ efforts have already paid off in pride – and for the organization they were raising money for. The students raised $10,000.

Christine Bork
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