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YMCA hold 'hoop shooting' world record attempt
12:39pm Tuesday 9th October 2012 in News
A LOCAL charity will host an international world record attempt this weekend, involving more than five million people from across the world.
The Darlington YMCA is one of 58 branches in the UK taking part in the charity’s worldwide challenge, involving YMCAs in 70 countries, to shoot the largest number of basketball hoops in one day.
The challenge starts at 8am local time in New Zealand and ends in Hawaii at 5pm, local time, following the time zone progression around the globe.
In Darlington, the YMCA will be shooting hoops between noon and 4pm in the gym at Darlington College, in Haughton Road.
Invented at a YMCA in 1890, basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world and is often used by the YMCA as a way to empower people and promote a healthy life style.
Darlington College principal Tim Grant said he was pleased the college could support such an ambitious attempt.
He said: “The YMCA World Challenge is a great way for local people to come together and take part in something new and exciting.
“Darlington College has a great relationship with the YMCA, and this event will give everyone the chance to have a go at basketball and also find out what Darlington YMCA is doing for young people.”
The event is open to everyone, anyone interested in taking part can turn up on the day from noon.