By Jonquil Newland, Weekend Today Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB) -- Despite the rain, mud, and cold members of Alpha Gamma Chi hit the turf Thursday evening for a record breaking game of flag football and didn't look back.
"They are definitely struggling. When the rain hit and the sun went down, adrenalin stopped pumping. About 2 a.m. everybody was just tired," says Zach Brooks.
"I've played ten hours so far," quarterback Josh Brown says.
The teams play seven on seven for two hours before rotating out. "My legs are shot but this is for a cause greater than us," Brown says.
It's for a much greater cause. "They're helping us to raise $85,000 to build the pre school that's going in Andong for all of those children," Fred Garmon says. Andong is across the Pacific Ocean in Cambodia. "They live on less than a dollar a day," says Garmon.
Garmon is the executive director of People for Care and Learning. They're in the process of building an entire city for Andong's poverty population. "One thousand five hundred homes, a school, a market place," Garmon explains, and that's just to name a few.
Alpha Gamma Chi partnered with PCL, in the process they hope to break the world record for the longest running football game in history.
"The current world record is set at 24 hours set in April, 2011," Brown says.
Brooks logs the team's time every four hours. "We have to send those in to Guinness World Record. There is a lot of paperwork to get this official," says Brooks.
While the fraternity members play 50 straight hours of football, a city a world away waits for relief. "We inspire hope and empower potential in the poorest of the poor," Garmon says.
Alpha Gamma Chi will play through 7 p.m. Saturday. A record breaking setting ceremony will follow at Lee University's soccer field.
Tuesday, April 22 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-04-22 19:13:27 GMT
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