Hundreds of school children came together last month to break the Guinness World Records title for the largest game of Red Light, Green Light.
Organised by the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, Playworks and UnitedHealthcare, the attempt saw fourth and fifth-grade students from 17 local elementary schools come together to secure their place in the record books.
In total, 1,136 children took part in the game, held on the newly refurbished Super Bowl XLIX Legacy Field at Arizona State University Preparatory Academy in Downtown Phoenix.
The event beat the previous record of 1,069 participants, which was set by Willamette University in Salam, Ore in August 2013.
Jay Parry, President and CEO of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee said:
“The Host Committee’s main goal was to leave a lasting legacy throughout the communities of Arizona and we certainly did that today. We not only promoted healthy lifestyles to youth, but also became the first Super Bowl host city to land in the Guinness Book of World Records.”
The eventual winner of the record-setting game was Miguel Morales from Papago Elementary School in the Creigton School District.
With the record broken UnitedHealthcare led the students in the ‘World’s Largest Recess’, a combination of games, music and dance with the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee mascot.
This formed part of the company’s ‘Do Good. Live Well’ initiative to help prevent obesity.
“The World’s Largest Game of Red Light, Green Light gave local youth the opportunity to exercise and have a great time, and inspired them to play and exercise more often at school during recess,” said Joe Gaudio of UnitedHealthcare.
Playworks was awarded with a $100,000 grant by the Arizona Super Bowl Committee and NFL Foundation last year.
The money has provided full-times coaches in 18 elementary schools keeping thousands of children active throughout the school day.
“Playworks has been honored and excited to partner with the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and UnitedHealthcare and give our kids a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in fantastic events,” said Chuck Warshaver, executive director of Playworks Arizona.
“We are appreciative of the funding, which will help us to grow from serving 13,000 low income students to more than 20,000 next school year.”