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Right To Play UNB club aims to set capture the flag world record

UNB students and the Fredericton community have a chance to be part of a Guinness World Record attempt next week.

The Right To Play UNB club is hoping to break the record for the largest game of capture the flag on Oct. 7. The current record stands at 250 people.

While the main goals are to break the record and raise $2,200, one of the club’s presidents, Shea Nordheim, says the event is also about promoting Right To Play’s initiatives.

“Ultimately, the goal is to raise awareness for Right To Play. The more people that know about it the better,” said Nordheim.

“If we raise lots of money, then that’s great. But really we just want to promote awareness for Right To Play and get people realizing the true message behind the charity and what it’s all about.”

The world record attempt will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 5:45 p.m. at BMO Centre. Organizers are asking those interested in signing up or donating, or anyone looking for more information, to search for the “Right To Play UNB 2014/2015” group on Facebook.

The event is part of Right To Play supporter Martin Parnell’s coast-to-coast “Quest for Kids,” a journey that will see 10 different universities across Canada attempt to set new records in a variety of activities. The journey will be Parnell’s 10th and final quest to raise money and awareness for the organization.

Mount Alison University in Sackville and Memorial University of Newfoundland are the only other Atlantic Canadian universities taking part in the quest. Mount Alison’s world record attempt will feature ultimate Frisbee while MUN’s will involve ice hockey.

Nordheim said it was difficult to find a game that was both commonly played and had a reasonable record that could be broken. The Varsity Reds men’s soccer player added that he has faith that students and the community will step up and break the record.

The club hosts a number of events each year, including the Go Shoeless event that took place at Varsity Reds soccer games a couple weeks ago. Along with a variety of events, the club also sells merchandise. All students are welcome to join the club.

“We welcome everyone to come out,” said Nordheim. “Most of the time there will be promotions through social media or there will be posters around campus.

“One of Right To Play’s messages is to get everyone involved in playing which is one of the great things about it.”

Right To Play, headquartered in Toronto, is a global organization that uses sports, games, and play to teach children essential life skills to overcome things such as poverty and conflict.

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