Dodging balls to help wounded warriors

Posted at: 03/22/2013 2:39 PM
Updated at: 03/22/2013 4:09 PM
By: Mark Mulholland

HALFMOON - We all played it in grade school.

But this isn't the Dodgeball you remember.

This is intense. And hitting in the face and head is allowed, as long as it's not ruled malicious.

This group is led by Ballston Spa Phys. Ed teacher Rob Immel.

Immel lives and breathes dodgeball. He and his colleagues are attempting to set a world record this weekend by playing 43 consecutive hours at the Sportsplex of Halfmoon.

If they do it, they'll be in the Guinness Book of Records.

"We'll probably play around a thousand games throughout the weekend," said Immel. "No one's going to give up and we're going to give it all we've got for the full 43."

The world record attempt is also a fundraiser. They're raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps injured soldiers.

The players here will battle fatigue as they try to keep themselves injury-free.

The hardest part? "Staying awake, watching balls fly at you with lack of sleep," said player Michelle Radley of Averill Park.

The whole thing runs from 7 p.m. Friday until about 3 p.m. on Sunday. And it's free and open to the public.

"They can donate to the Wounded Warrior Project here on-site, give us a high-five, bring us a water, maybe a sugar-free Red Bull, give us a little kick, some motivation," Immel said.