Flag football has always been popular at Lee University, but now, one fraternity is using the intramural game to try to earn a place in the Guinness Book of World Records while also raising funds for a Cambodian village.


A glimpse at life in Andong, Cambodia

This Thursday, April 4 at 5 p.m., Alpha Gamma Chi will kick off its 50-hour marathon football game, The Gridiron, at Ocoee Middle School.

The current record clocks in at 24 hours-Texas organization Mercy Project set the record in April 2011. Alpha Gamma Chi chose to go for more than double the record to commemorate the fraternity’s 50th anniversary.

Funds raised by the endeavor will go to Build a City, a project developed by Cleveland-based nonprofit People for Care and Learning to benefit the Andong community in Cambodia.

A village of displaced people, Andong is ground zero for a multitude of infrastructure breakdowns such as polluted water, rampant disease, no paved roads, no schools, shanty housing-the list goes on.

The Build a City project seeks to retool the village by literally building a new city, including 1,500 homes for 6,000 people, a sewer system, public restrooms, a school, a playground and a business development center.

“[The] $86,000 will fund the marketplace and health clinic project of the larger Build a City initiative in Andong,” Taylor Trotter, Alpha Gamma Chi’s club president, said in a prepared statement. “So, our aim in funding these two structures is to break the poverty cycle by providing jobs and improving health in this Cambodian city.”

The Gridiron isn’t the first time the service-oriented fraternity has been in the World Record lists. There have been two softball events, the first in 1986 and the second in 2005.

The game, which is sponsored by Murmaid Mattress, will be filmed and officially logged in compliance with the Guinness Book of World Records submission standards.

The event will move to Lee University’s soccer field for its last two hours on Saturday night to coincide with the college’s annual Lee Day and perhaps gain a few pairs of fresh legs.

Participants and supporters can contribute to the funding goal through drawings, auctions, Gridiron apparel, concessions and direct donations online or via texting “Build” to “20222.”

Ocoee Middle School is located at 2250 N. Ocoee St. in Cleveland. The soccer field, which will host The Gridiron from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, is located at 255 Eighth St. Northeast in Cleveland.